The state’s official non-profit dedicated to
the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry through career development, and empowerment programming for fashion artists and entrepreneurs.
helping to make a difference for our fashion industry and its professionals.
STRONG ADVOCACY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
Backed by six years of research and data, Texas now has a strong advocating organization for the fashion arts. Founded in 2018 and launched in January of 2019, The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3 is the state’s official non-profit dedicated to the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry through fashion career development or support for fashion entrepreneurs. Founded by strong leaders within the fashion industry and headquartered in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, TFII serves by bridging Texas fashion communities together, educating entrepreneurs, creating jobs, showcasing fashion artists, and by drawing global attention to the Texas fashion scene through the our fashion industry news outlet. TFII is also the founder of TEXAS FASHION WEEK™, the state’s first official fashion week in support of stronger industry. This has not only received attention and acclaim from local political leaders, but it has also gained the attention of the CFDA, the nation’s most prestigious and foremost authority in advocating for the American fashion industry. As the founding members of CFDA Connects, an innovative new program by the CFDA, TFII is able to offer its members, students, and fashion week participants access to professional New York fashion industry resources and provide ongoing support that opens doors for the Texas fashion community, while retaining our talent at home. Through this unique partnership, TFII is now taking opportunity for its community to new heights and striving to make a difference in every fashion artist’s career, and ultimately their lives.
100% of the funds TFII receives goes directly back to the local fashion community through its programming. By providing powerful annual events like TEXAS FASHION WEEK™, outlets for global exposure, education for professional growth, and other strong advocacy programs, TFII leads the way for innovation and creates supportive outlets for the local industry on a global scale.
TFII also strives to award grants and scholarships to deserving fashion community and aspiring students. They do this in order to ignite inspiration and retain talent while connecting its unique fashion culture to a network of professionals and patrons statewide, nationally, and globally.
Texas houses world-class fashion talent, dedicated entrepreneurs and fresh perspectives from newly graduated fashion students and TFII creates a culture in which these talents can feel confident in headquartering in Texas, working globally, and contributing to the economic development of its area through the industry of fashion. Through its efforts, TFII acts as ambassadors locally, a bridge statewide, a resource globally, and is dedicated to a mission beyond itself for Texas fashion and its professionals.
Backed by five years of research before launching the concept, TFII identified four major areas in need of advocacy:
- A sense of community
- business education
- events to showcase talent
- and global awareness promoting our talent.
TFII has now created a signature cycle that serves all these areas, every year. Scroll down to get to know more.
HOW WE SUPPORT
MEET OUR BOARD
President & Departments Manager
Jeanelly has an M.S. in Natural Resource Conservation & Managment and as president she offers her expertise in sustainability and eco-friendly fashion while taking on multiple duties and tasks with the Board. Originally from New York City, the Dominican-American sustainable fashion advocate lived in Puerto Rico for over 22 years before relocating to Texas. She now enjoys a highly successful Creative Content career at TheFashionLotus.com. She is a Texas influencer and has been a freelance fashion contributor and Style Editor for Style Lush TV for several years. She believes in empowering people through conscious fashion and helping them feel beautiful no matter what their financial situation, body shape, age or where they live or work.
Vice-President & Events Executive Producer
Saige Thomas is a Texas-based fashion photographer and fashion show producer who has worked as the in-house photographer for Style Lush TV since 2019. Originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Saige moved to San Antonio in 2010 while she served active duty in the United States Air Force. During her time in the military, Saige completed a medical mission in the Dominican Republic and completed a tour in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Saige retired from the military in 2021, leaving with 3 medals, several awards, and a Green Belt Process Improvement certification. Saige is a TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ founding member & served as the first executive producer. Saige aspires to contribute to the growth of San Antonio through her art, advocacy, and volunteerism as Vice-President elect for the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3.
Secretary & Events Coordinator
Kaia is a Professional and Founding Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative, and Texas Fashion Week since 2018 lending her knowledge in online fashion media, styling, and backstage management. A fashion and music entrepreneur who is local at heart with an international outlook, Kaia Dublin is a fashion creative director and entertainer of her own personal brand, KAIA DUBLIN, where she curates savvy, sexy and sophisticated looks through her fashion apparel, while entertaining her followers with her premier DJ music services. Kaia also has a passion and educational background in the Behavior Health field in which she advocates and creates inclusion programs for Autism and developmental delayed children as the President of One Love Children’s Foundation since 2019. With her growing knowledge in the fashion industry and her passion and experience with fundraising and event planning at her own non-profit, she has most recently accepted the Secretarial position for the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3 serving the Texas Fashion community.