WHAT IS FABRIC?

FABRIC is a fashion incubator, business accelerator, design studio, academy, and manufacturer that is sustainably disrupting, redefining and reshoring the fashion industry for the modern apparel entrepreneur.

Almost any type of sewn product can be made at FABRIC and hundreds of apparel entrepreneurs have found everything they need to start their business, make their product, and grow their brand.

FABRIC’s award-winning concept and robust offerings are unique to the country and only made possible by an innovative approach, using state-of-the-art technology, in which the brand owner is provided with tools and knowledge to manage the development and manufacturing process. This empowering, education-based, hands-on approach saves the brand thousands of dollars and helps to avoid many of the issues and obstacles common to overseas manufacturing.  Through this proprietary model, FABRIC is leading the way in making re-shoring manufacturing a sustainable solution for a modern problem.

IS FABRIC FOR YOU?

FABRIC was created for the modern apparel entrepreneur. No prior experience is necessary. Almost any sewn product is possible.

The internet provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to sell niche products direct to consumer. Most large apparel brands are not filling a niche because they are targeting the masses so their offerings are generic. Finding a unique product or one that is out of the normal size/height range is a challenge for consumers.

FABRIC helps apparel entrepreneurs fill a void in the market. Its where a brand owner can come to find all of the resources they need at any stage of their business.

THE PROBLEM

The apparel manufacturing industry is set up for larger brands who have large budgets and make large quantities in overseas factories. Unrealistic consumer price expectations force these brands to over-produce overseas, using unsustainable methods, and questionable labor practices.

This traditional apparel manufacturing process is flawed and isn’t set up to meet the needs of modern apparel entrepreneurs who want to make smaller quantities of niche sewn products domestically. So most new apparel entrepreneurs struggle to overcome these obstacles:

  • High minimums (MOQ’s) required.

  • Large capital investment needed.

  • Requires a full-time, knowledgeable and experienced team who understand technical design, sourcing, production management, and quality control.

  • High probability of damages and unusable inventory due to lack of understanding of the brand’s role and responsibilities in Quality Control.

  • Physical proximity of resources. Lack of local resources. Most domestic resources are in LA or NY. Majority of factories are overseas. Overseas manufacturing comes with…

    • Language barrier

    • Long lead times of shipping and customs

    • High tariffs on imports

    • Loss of intellectual property

    • Lack of communication

    • Lack of quality control

    • Unsustainable practices that have made the fashion industry one of the most polluting industries on the planet

    • Unfair labor practices

OUR SOLUTION

Create a unique model meant for niche apparel entrepreneurs.

FABRIC’s unique public-social-cooperative-enterprise model is made possible by a collaboration between a non-profit, community, city, and for-profit, and has helped to launch and support hundreds of brands making hundreds of different types of products in just a few short years.

FABRIC provides a domestic resource that offers everything under one roof using the latest technology. FABRIC uses an incubator/accelerator program to educate and guide the brand owner through the steps and obstacles in the development and manufacturing process. FABRIC puts control, ownership, responsibility, and creativity back into the hands of the brand owner. This incubator model saves the brand owner thousands of dollars and simultaneously enables FABRIC to offer no-minimum manufacturing. A little education goes a long way.

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132 E. 6th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

1-855-713-0739

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday

9am to 5pm by appointment

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