Austin fashion coalition plans new industry incubator

Posted by | August 13, 2014 | Austin Jobs

On August 7th, Austin City Council passed a measure to help bolster the fashion industry in Austin. The main focus of this measure is to the establishment of a subsidiary apparel and textile coalition.

The directive asks city staff to perform an economic impact study of Austin’s fashion economy and look for ways for fashion stakeholders, economic development officials and members of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to increase the visibility and business presence of the region’s designers and fashion manufacturers. – Austin Business Journal

The new organization will be known as Textile and Apparel Manufacturing Industries Coalition of Austin (TAMICA), which will oversee the creation of a fashion district with special focus on apparel manufacturing.

TAMICA’s concrete goals primarily include securing an actual space for a fashion incubator, as seen in cities like NYC, Portland, Chicago and Detroit. Having earned an exclusive audience with city councilman Mike Martinez last week, Nailah I. Sankofa brought together dozens of individuals representing the various segments of the apparel industry in our city to draft a resolution to bring a collective vision to reality. The efforts do not end with the passage of Item 111, though. “The City of Austin has to be steered into the direction we envision,” says Sankofa. Her vision began in 1987 before moving to Austin and has led the endeavor to develop a fashion incubator since 2009. – Fashionably Austin

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