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Chicago Fashion Incubator

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Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street provides six emerging Chicago-based designers-in-residence with the resources, business acumen, and mentoring to launch their careers in fashion.

The Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) at Macy's on State Street provides six emerging Chicago-based

designers in residence with the resources, business acumen, and mentoring to launch their careers in

fashion.

Since inception in 2008, the CFI has proudly supported over 45 designers in residence and hundreds

more fashion designers working in Chicago's creative and business communities.

The CFI space , donated generously by Macy’s, is comprised of a manufacturing workroom equipped with

massive cutting tables, sewing machines, and pressing stations where designers produce their sample collections. Separate office spaces are available to each of its designers in residence, as well as shared conference space for presentations, and client meetings. The Driehaus Entrepreneurial Center (“The DEC”) is a resource center within the CFI space that provides designers educational tools, research assets, and programming to help further their fashion business growth and development. It was made possible by a grant from the Driehaus Design Initiative , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to promote and encourage design education and foster public appreciation for all aspects of fashion, design, and history.

Our mission is to make meaningful economic impact in Chicago by giving fashion designers technical product development and business tools and training to create innovative products and launch globally competitive businesses based in Chicago.

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