Past Events

Thursday, Nov. 30 | Seminar: Scale Your Business Through Financing, Tradeshows, & Showrooms 

Are you ready to take your line national? Do you know how to showcase your brand to buyers? Do you know how to increase cash flow to grow your business? Get your 2018 game plan together and join us for an information-packed seminar with Danielle Licata, Fashion Director/GM Coterie and Project Womens at UBM; and Tim Moore, Executive Director at Hilldun. Danielle and Tim will discuss fashion financing, building a successful wholesale business, and more. Come with your notes and questions, you won't want to miss this. 


Friday, Dec. 1: Fashion First Friday with Bolt Threads  

For our holiday installment, we're hosting Dan Widmaier, CEO of Bolt Threads, to talk about how nature holds the secrets to revolutionizing fashion through novel eco-friendly textiles with customized functionality. Bolt Threads has been making waves (see NYTimes' recent feature) with their use biotechnology to design protein-based materials at the molecular level, starting with spider silk. Learn how Bolt is unique in its ability to scale up this technology and what this means for health, the environment, and the future of fashion. #fashionfirstfriday 



Tuesday, Dec. 5 | Immersive Retail: Multi-sensory Experience  

Virtual reality and augmented reality have been game changers in retail environments. Concepts such as smart mirrors, digital fitting rooms, and personalized scents are heightening the level of immersion we feel when we enter stores today. Join Fashion Technologists Meetup and Fashion Incubator SF to explore how these new technologies are changing retail with Salvador Nissi, Founder and CEO of MemoMi; David Suissa, CEO of Scentys, and more. 


Wed. October 11 | Fashion Technologists Meetup: Redefining Wearables

This has been rescheduled from the original 9/27/17 date. 

The wearables market is undergoing a transition. As we move away from hype cycles, we're starting to see new approaches redefine the space. Join us and the Fashion Technologists for a eye opening discussion and exploration of next generation wearables through haptics, voice, scent, and more. Industry experts with experience at Chanel, Fossil Group, Speech Morphing Systems, Novasentis, and more will talk about how their technologies will provide fashion, beauty, and retail industries with new content, personalized interactions, and immersive experiences. #redefinewearables  


Fri October 6 | Fashion 1st Friday at Modern Citizen

Kickstart your long weekend with an inspiring breakfast talk by Modern Citizen! Visit Modern Citizen’s first retail store and hear from co-founders Jess Lee and Lizzie Agnew (who cut their teeth at Gap Inc. and ModCloth, respectively) on how they built this direct-to-consumer e-commerce brand for modern women. They'll share the story behind the brand, how to pick a co-founder, how to build a brand around your core customer, why they decided against traditional fundraising, and more. Grab your coffee mugs and take notes. This is going to be a good one. 


Thur Sept. 14 | Sustainability at Scale with Gap Inc., Coyuchi, and Allbirds

What is the reality of scaling sustainable and ethical production as companies grow into global brands? As part of fashion month, we've partnered with Sustainable Fashion Alliance for an exciting discussion on the successes and challenges of sustainability at scale with Eileen Mockus, CEO of Coyuchi; Jad Finck, VP of Innovation & Sustainability at Allbirds; Megan Stoneburner, Program Sustainability Manager at Gap Inc.; and Joyce Hu, moderator and Marketing Director at Wildlife Works. Join us for this great opportunity to learn and network with local industry folks. 


Tues Sept. 19 | Retail Forward: Powering Next Gen Retail

Traditional brick and mortar retailers are changing to survive. Online retailers are working to compete with Amazon. Digital first brands are driving new approaches to stay closer to their customers. Join us for a high impact session with Tamara Samoylova, VP of Strategy, Westfield Retail Solutions; Karla Martin, COO of Inspired Luxe (previously Booz Allen, Google and Shopkick); Healey Cypher, CEO of Oak Labs (previously eBay Retail Innovation); and more as we discuss the ups, downs, and technologies driving the future of retail now. 



Fashion Community Week

Fashion Community Week SF kicks off a 5-day fashion extravaganza on September 20th with an international fashion show at the historic Fairmont Hotel. Get tickets to this glamorous and sophisticated affair. 

Other highlights include a Future of Fashion discussion on Sep. 21, featuring Incubator Executive Director Fran Farmer. Join us for a great discussion! 

Check out the schedule to view all the FCWSF fashion events around the city. Get a 5-day discount with code 'fashioncommunityweek'. 

Fashion First Friday at Betabrand
Friday June 2 | 8:30-9:30am, Doors open at 8:00am

Betabrand, 780 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94110

Kickstart your Friday morning with coffee, donuts, and inspiring talks from exciting fashion brands. Because fashion doesn't have a snooze button.

Our June edition will feature Betabrand, retail clothing company and crowdfunding platform. We'll visit Betabrand's headquarters and retail store, and hear from Director of Design Ideas Liz Rossof on how they are changing the way products are manufactured, the importance of community in e-commerce, and how building a company on a social platform makes for good business practices - why bigger brands such as The North Face, MPG, VIVOBAREFOOT, and more are turning to them for collaboration.

Get inspiration for your business and get a head start into the weekend.

Fashion First Friday at Allbirds
Friday, May 5 | 8:00-9:30am

Kickstart your Friday morning with coffee, donuts, and inspiring talks from founders and executives of exciting fashion brands. Our inaugural First Friday will feature Allbirds, maker of the world's most comfortable shoes. We'll visit Allbirds' headquarters and hear from co-founder Joey Zwillinger on how to build an enduring brand, sustainably. Get tips and tricks for your business and get a head start into the weekend. Because inspiration doesn't have a snooze button.
Hurry and get your ticket! This event is limited availability. 

A Conversation with Logan Ray of fuseproject
Tuesday, April 25 | 12:00-1:30pm

What happens when fashion and product design collide? How do we create wearable tech that is truly wearable? Join us for a conversation with Logan Ray, Partner and Director of Strategy at fuseproject, the innovative design consultancy founded by Yves Behar, as we discuss the future at the intersection of fashion and product design, including the Superflex Aura Powered Suit, designed to enhance mobility, and many of the other exciting technologies they are working on that will change the world!

Killer Strategies for Acquiring and Retaining Customers
Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00-8:30pm

In partnership with PeopleWearSF and Rogueline, we are excited to host a panel discussion with marketing and ecommerce experts from fashion brands and retailers Betabrand, LE TOTE, and Stitch Fix. Learn about the tools and strategies these hot companies use to acquire, engage, and retain customers across various channels, including Email, Social Media, Content Marketing, and more. 

If you're a designer or fashion brand, a marketing manager, ecommerce specialist, or growth hacker, you don't want to miss this.


Fashion Incubator San Francisco is a San Francisco-based non-profit that accelerates emerging apparel and accessories design businesses while supporting economic growth and job creation in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
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