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Designing Lives, Empowering Women
 
 
 
 
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80% of the women we serve LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

CUSTOM COLLABORATIVE

We are a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the fashion industry, our participants can achieve secure livelihoods in the fashion industry as designers, entrepreneurs, pattern makers, and seamstresses who create and sell high-quality clothing and accessories.

OUR VISION

Custom Collaborative envisions a global women’s apparel industry in which garment makers are fairly compensated for their labor and consumers have access to well-made, sustainably sourced clothes that fit and affirm all bodies.


 

HELP US EMPOWER WOMEN

 

Support for Custom Collaborative creates work and businesses for low-income women in garment manufacturing. Your generous gift helps participants professionalize and get hands-on experience, as well as start new new careers as artisans and entrepreneurs.

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Laryssel (2018 graduate)

"CC me ofrecio la oportunidad de tener todo lo necesario para poder crear, diseñar y confeccionar mi propio futuro. No solo enseñandome las herramientas para poder incurcionar en el area de la costura sino diriguiendome a como poner mi producto en el mercado para que fuera exitoso.

Con esto he podido generar una fuente de ingreso que Definitivamente mejorara la calidad de vida que puedo ofecerle a mis hijos asegurandoles un mejor futuro. Es un programa que verdaderamente ayuda a las mujeres a ser mejores competidoras y mas productivas."

"Custom Collaborative offered me the educational opportunity and all of the necessary tools to create, design, and plan out my goal for the future. Not only did they show me the tools, but also how to put them into practice with a blueprint on how to sell, produce, and market my product so that it could sell at its best.

With this knowledge, I have learned how to generate an income which has improved my livelihood by securing a future for my kids. It's a program that really helps empower women to become more competitive and better sellers when they become fashion business owners."


ifunanya (2017 graduate)

“I refer to Custom Collaborative as a dream saver. They made pursuing my dream easier and effective. They not only enhanced my sewing skills, but introduced me to jobs that I wouldn’t be able to get on my own. They helped me showcase my first ever collections at the Wakanda Fashion Show. How exciting is that?”


 
 
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HOW WE SUPPORT WOMEN

TRAINING INSTITUTE   Custom Collaborative's comprehensive 14-week Training Institute teaches the art, craft, and technique of fashion design. Our classes specialize on teaching low-income women how to make custom made-to-measure clothing and personalized accessories for women of all body types. Our training also includes extensive instruction on the fashion business basics including topics in marketing, sourcing, ethical manufacturing, and sustainable fashion, along with personal finance. Students graduate equipped with the toolkit to begin a career in fashion.

TRAINING INSTITUTE

Custom Collaborative's comprehensive 14-week Training Institute teaches the art, craft, and technique of fashion design. Our classes specialize on teaching low-income women how to make custom made-to-measure clothing and personalized accessories for women of all body types. Our training also includes extensive instruction on the fashion business basics including topics in marketing, sourcing, ethical manufacturing, and sustainable fashion, along with personal finance. Students graduate equipped with the toolkit to begin a career in fashion.

BUSINESS INCUBATOR   Custom Collaborative offers management consulting, mentorship, technical assistance, advanced training, and professional equipment to Training Institute graduates and others in the fashion industry. Our goal is to maximize work opportunities and improve socio-economic outcomes for all women.

BUSINESS INCUBATOR

Custom Collaborative offers management consulting, mentorship, technical assistance, advanced training, and professional equipment to Training Institute graduates and others in the fashion industry. Our goal is to maximize work opportunities and improve socio-economic outcomes for all women.

WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVE   A worker-owned sewn-goods cooperative comprised of Custom Collaborative graduates. We accept sample and contract manufacturing orders of 1 - 200 pieces. We sell made-to-measure clothes to individual clients.

WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVE

A worker-owned sewn-goods cooperative comprised of Custom Collaborative graduates. We accept sample and contract manufacturing orders of 1 - 200 pieces. We sell made-to-measure clothes to individual clients.