is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports low-income women, especially immigrant women, to launch viable apparel careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the garment industry, our clients professionalize their sewing and design skills, overcome barriers to employment, and ultimately, change the economics of the apparel industry.
What We Do
CC teaches women to create and sell high-quality and sustainably sourced made- to-measure garments, enabling them to support themselves and to meet other women’s need for clothing that actually fits their bodies. CC customers will find a valuable alternative to the “fast fashion” that exploits people and the environment, while trainees and graduates receive support for their development and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Custom Collaborative's comprehensive paid training program covers 14 primary subjects in the art, craft, technique, and business of clothing. Annually, 30 students will graduate equipped with marketable and key business planning skills. We are creating a network of skilled professionals and cultivating a customer base to extend Custom Collaborative's social and economic impact.
Custom Collaborative will offer management consulting, mentorship, technical assistance, advanced training, and professional equipment to participants who have completed the training program and to others in the garment industry. Our goal is to maximize the opportunity to create jobs and strengthen local economies.
worker owned cooperative
A worker-owned sewn-goods cooperative comprised of Custom Collaborative graduates is scheduled to launch in 2018.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Task Force Leaders
Task Force Leaders
Support for Custom Collaborative creates work and businesses for low-income women in garment manufacturing. Your generous gift helps our participants professionalize and learn, get hands-on work experience, and start new careers as artisans and entrepreneurs.
WHAT YOUR gift SUPPORTS
$3,000: Supplies and curricular materials for one training cohort of 10 students.
$1,000: Plus size professional dress form.
$500: Fabric supplies for one training cohort of 10 students.
$100: Muslin fabric for three dress projects.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT US
- Donate dress forms, fabric and sewing machines.
- Volunteer as a model for students (women of all sizes and shapes are needed).
- Volunteer as a classroom assistant.
- Volunteer as a guest speaker.
Partner with us
- Introduce us to donors and investors.
- Refer potential students to our program.
- Talk to us about contract manufacturing.
- Talk to us about hiring graduates.
We are grateful for the support of our partners and donors who are dedicated to helping low-income women obtain education and networks so they can access good paying careers. We extend special thanks to The Riverside Church.
Alder, New York
Wesley, Brown & Bartle
Eileen Fisher Foundation
Hyde and Watson Foundation
New York Women's Foundation
Ifeyinwa Anoliefo, Anonymous, Susan Bynum, Deborah Chay, Ruth Conner, Dennis Derryck, Melody Rollins Downes, Reverend Cathy S. Gilliard, Victoria Grant, Dr. Adam Hill, Kerry James, David Jones, Christina Lem, Michele Long, Marsha Modeste, Carol Baldwin Moody, James Okaro, Ngozi Okaro, Nnabike Okaro, Eric Palmer, Christine Pomeranz, Michelle Pryce-Screen, Andrea Rogers, Denise Slater, Juliana Rowe, Solade Rowe, Laurel Schaffer, Willa Shalit, Vivian Taylor, Carl Webb, Susan York
490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027