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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

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 professionalize their sewing and design skills, overcome barriers to employment, and ultimately, change the economics of the industry.

OUR MISSION

We strive to change the economics of the fashion industry by helping underserved women overcome professional barriers and achieve financial stability through increased employment opportunities


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.

 
 
 

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