Fashion Workplace Development Organization Personalized collaborative has secured a new grant to fund its design institute which helps a number of aspiring designers.
Approaching its 10th training cohort Monday’s 15-week program is designed to give low-income and immigrant women an equal footing in the industry through education about the ins and outs of the fashion industry. The $60,000 grant was provided by the Fashion Impact Fund, which funds female fashion entrepreneurs.
“Speaking on behalf of the entire Custom Collaborative community, I am proud to accept this transformative support from the Fashion Impact Fund,” Custom Collaborative Executive Director Ngozi Okaro said in a statement. “Fashion Impact Fund elevates and supports women, sharing the limelight with those who are often overlooked. Their investment and partnership with Custom Collaborative demonstrates management and team commitment to supporting ethical fashion.
Kerry Bannigan, Executive Director of the Fashion Impact Fund, added, “The Custom Collaborative Training Institute program is imperative to changing the current discourse on women’s leadership and economic empowerment, as well as strengthening system change. Fashion initiatives led by women play a vital role in a sustainable future for humanity and nature; this requires amplification and financial support as they aim to lead us towards a just, inclusive and regenerative world.
Custom Collaborative uniquely addresses the fundamentals of sustainable business with entrepreneurship as its foundation through its training institute and business incubator. The course uses 100% reused materials from the region. Students also receive a fashion advocacy brief (including fair wages and labor rights), while honing their skills in ethical manufacturing, marketing, sourcing, design and personal finances.