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Designing Lives, Empowering Women
 
 
 
 
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5.7m IMMIGRANT WOMEN IN THE U.S LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE...

Custom Collaborative...

is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities 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.

OUR MISSION ...

is to change the economics of the apparel industry through helping underserved women overcome professional barriers within the garment industry and to achieve financial prosperity through enhanced technical efficiency and increased employment opportunities.


HOW WE SUPPORT WOMEN

  TRAINING INSTITUTE   Custom Collaborative's comprehensive training program covers the art, craft, technique, and business of clothing, creating a network of skilled professionals. Our 14-week intensive course covers all the basics from sketching to construction to personal finance and business basics. Students graduate equipped with the necessary framework to begin a career in fashion.

TRAINING INSTITUTE

Custom Collaborative's comprehensive training program covers the art, craft, technique, and business of clothing, creating a network of skilled professionals. Our 14-week intensive course covers all the basics from sketching to construction to personal finance and business basics. Students graduate equipped with the necessary framework to begin a career in fashion.

  BUSINESS INCUBATOR   Custom Collaborative offers 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.

BUSINESS INCUBATOR

Custom Collaborative offers 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. 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.

 
 
 

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. 

WHAT YOUR GIFT SUPPORTS

Custom Collaborative's comprehensive training program covers the art, craft, technique, and business of clothing. We are creating a network of skilled professionals and cultivating a customer base to extend Custom Collaborative's social and economic impact. 


Your Donation's Impact

$1,200: Stipend for one Training Institute student

$800: Industrial machine

$400: Museum trip for one class

$200: Class supplies for one student