The founders (Kathleen and Eric) of the Albuquerque Fashion Incubator have decided it’s time to start something serious in this town. Collectively, we have over 50 years of genuine garment industry experience working for designers and manufacturers or being designers and manufacturers ourselves.You can find out more about us here.
We’ve realized that fashion promotion businesses like New Mexico Fashion Week have generated enthusiasm for fashion careers in New Mexico but the business owner doesn’t have any industrial experience or connections in the trade so the promoter cannot (or has not) referred designers to long standing local resources and services to help designers move their careers forward. Or maybe there is no interest in producing fashion in NM? We don’t know, we only know that none of us, in spite of having long standing international reputations, have ever gotten a referral from NMFW or its promoter in spite of her frequent assertions to create networks of opportunity.
So, being that design, patterns, buying wholesale fabric, finding sales representatives sewing and production, are our bread and butter, it makes sense for us to become proactive to overcome barriers between the fashion promotion side and the production end. In doing so, we also have the resources to provide dedicated work space, equipment, tools and hard skills to other New Mexicans who would like to pursue a career in apparel.
Toward that end, our expanded and newly remodeled sewing factory and training facility will open on June 21st @ 410 Old Coors Dr SW, Albuquerque NM 87121. The facility has two 50 foot cutting tables, a cutting knife, 2 spreaders, a CAD system, digitizer, 72″ roll plotter for markers, 40 industrial sewing machines -all in a shared workspace.
We look forward to meeting the needs of local designers, helping them to become prepared while working within Albuquerque Fashion Incubator’s small production centric, sewing factory. In the meantime, please visit us on Facebook, Instagram and we hope to meet you soon!
Board of Albuquerque Fashion Incubator:
Kathleen Fasanella -President
Eric Husman -Vice President
Dustin Martin -Board Member
Jamie Hirano -Board Member
Feel free to drop us a note (email protocol is one’s first name @abqfi.com). You can also call 505-877-1713 during regular office hours. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment to tour our facility but please be scent free and wear closed toe shoes with no heels.