FiSF - Fashion Incubator San Francisco
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FiSF Application 2017
The Mission:
The mission of Fashion Incubator San Francisco, a non-profit, 501c3 corporation, is to accelerate emerging apparel and accessories design businesses while supporting fashion industry economic growth and job creation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants receive individualized mentoring from fashion industry experts and business development professionals. We help members stay current on industry trends through educational courses and free access to our public programs that bring together the regional design community. We offer low-cost design studio space, a salesroom and high-profile opportunities to showcase new lines. Fashion Incubator San Francisco is for entrepreneurs who are serious about scaling their existing businesses.
The Program:
Length:Designers participate in the Program for 6-12 months. FiSF may permit participation past one year in specific cases.
Fees:Designers pay a $600 monthly Program fee to FiSF by the 10th of each month. A 10% fee will be charged for late payments. A refundable security deposit will be charged at the start of the Program.
Program elements:The Program involves individual mentoring sessions, promotional events, workshops, and periodic performance evaluations. The program includes use of the design studio, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, and co-working space.
Mentors:The Program provides four hours each month of one-on-one mentoring sessions with fashion industry and business experts. Fees will be charged for additional mentor hours. Unused mentoring hours may be rolled forward but must be used by the end of program.
Your business:Participants run their own businesses and. own their designs and brand. Participants are responsible for planning and managing their businesses, including staffing, design, sourcing, branding, sales, logistics, and financial reporting, and for paying expenses and taxes.
Media interactions:FiSF can help with, and we provide guidelines for, interactions with the media. The guidelines relate to matters such as FiSF participation, media access to the facility, trademark use, and confidentiality.
Promotion:FiSF may use participant's names, images, brands, and photos of their work in promoting and publicizing the Program. Participants may use the FiSF brand after obtaining FiSF’s prior consent. Macy’s trademarks may not be used except through use of materials provided by FiSF or Macy’s.
Program expectations:Designers are expected to participate fully and actively in all elements of the program, to diligently develop businesses, and to comply with FiSF media guidelines and other policies. Participants are expected to seek advice from our mentors only when appropriate and always in a professional manner.
Shared use:The facility is shared with other designers and located in a Macy’s building; there are rules about facility use. Participants and visitors are expected to comply with those facility access, safety, and conduct policies, and with confidentiality obligations.
Communication:FiSF has an open-door policy. If a participant has a concern, please talk to the Executive Director.
Relationships:The participant, FiSF, and Macy’s are all independent parties. FiSF isn’t responsible for a participants business and Macy’s isn’t responsible for FiSF’s activities. Macy’s has no obligation to carry products produced by designers in the FiSF program.
Termination:Participants can leave the Program at any time with 30 days notice; no refunds. FiSF can suspend or remove designers from the Program for not paying on time, non-compliance to conduct, facility, trademark, or media rules or other violations of the Designer in Residence Agreement, or if FiSF loses access to the space.
Contract:If accepted into the Program, the Designer Handbook Agreement sets out Program participation terms, including both operational and liability matters. Participants are expected to read and comply with those terms.
Confidentiality:FiSF will use Designer’s confidential information, including business plans, financial statements, designs, and sketches only in connection with its activities under the FiSF Handbook Agreement, and will keep such information confidential, using at least the same degree of care it uses to prevent the unauthorized use or disclosure of its own confidential information. FiSF may disclose such confidential information only to persons who need access to the information for the purposes contemplated by this Agreement or as otherwise required by law. “Confidential information” does not include information that is generally available to the public, information already known by FiSF before entering into this Agreement, or information FiSF independently develops. All confidential information furnished by Designer to FiSF is and will remain Designer’s property.
Applicants to Fashion Incubator San Francisco must:
• Reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.
• Be 21 years of age or older.
• Be a U.S. citizen or able to work in the United States (documentation required).
• Have an established fashion business (at least one year) in the San Francisco Bay Area (financial documentation required).
• Have documented product sales of at least $15,000 in retail accounts or direct to consumer. Documentation could include invoices, purchase orders, production orders and sales receipts.
• Create a SWOT analysis of their businesses.
• Participate in all FiSF events that showcase apparel (existing lines and/or lines in development while at FiSF) and/or events that promote the FiSF organization.
• Submit 2 copies of the FiSF application and fee of $50.00.
• Pay the $600 FiSF rent monthly for contracted term.
• Fund their businesses. FiSF does not provide funding.
The FiSF program is for designers with existing businesses. Current fashion design students ARE NOT Eligible.
Please mail 2 copies of the application to:
Fashion Incubator San Francisco
ATT; Executive Director
170 O’Farrell Street 7 East
San Francisco, CA 94102.
THE $50 application fee can be mailed to this same address or paid on line using PayPal.
Any questions regarding the application process may be submitted to:
All applicants selected to continue in the application process are expected to participate in a face-to-face interview with the FiSF review panel. Applicants must bring 5 samples of their work for review and documentation of product sales.
Application Form:
The following application form PDF can be filled out, printed and saved using Adobe Reader version 8 or higher.