The Silver Jacket Program is designed to take a recent fashion student, brand new fashion business or struggling fashion entrepreneur from their fashion business concept to their fashion business reality! Designed through five years of research, analysis, interviews and firsthand experience with entrepreneurs of the Texas fashion industry, this curriculum has been specifically created with launch and accelerator education in mind. For the serious fashion entrepreneur, this year of dedication will positively impact your career forever. The time is NOW!

Read on to learn more.


Through our many years of research, we have discovered all aspects that hinder the positive growth of Texas fashion industry, with eduction being at the forefront. As of 2020, we now have three sub departments within the Education Department that will touch on three major areas that need stronger education. In 2020, we launched our first program. We’ve begun with business education for entrepreneurs and our Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program.

While fashion graduates leave with incredible artistic skills they lack the business education truly needed to monetize on their creativity.

We’re changing that! 


Our annual cycle with the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program begins with business education for local fashion artists and entrepreneurs who excel creatively but are struggling with the business aspects of their dreams. This program both launches and accelerates businesses and grooms them into becoming the “Ones To Watch Texas Fashion Businesses” of the following year.

With this program launching at the beginning of each year, we then bring worldwide awareness and continued education through our global awareness department which has served as the #1 Texas fashion news & high fashion resource globally since 2014. Finally, our Arts & Culture Department showcases our students at the biggest fashion event of the year in the Fall. TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ hosts the Silver Jackets so that they can have their big breakout business moments and begin their journey of entrepreneurship with a bang. Finally, Silver Jackets who meet all required criteria, will upgrade their entry level denim jacket to their Silver Jackets on stage at the TEXAS FASHION AWARDS™.

Read below for more details.

Silver Jacket:
The Launch Stage

Fashion industry individuals are creatives. Your minds work differently. Your passions run deep. We know you don’t care about the hard work and time sacrifice. “Just GIVE ME THE KNOWLEDGE and I will gladly work on my business until 3am!”  – We hear you!

The first stage of our curriculum is designed for the realistic, entry level scenario of launching alone.

At this stage, you do not have a marketing department, or a public relations department, a graphic design team, or a web developer. You really need an accountant, but you can’t afford it at the moment. You may not even know where to begin with your branding or business plan. 

Don’t worry!

The Silver Jacket Launch Stage will set the strongest foundation for your business and the beautiful part of it is, YOU will gain independence. You will learn the entry level skills it takes to run your small business and to maintaining it by yourself until you reach the next level.

TIME FRAME: Beginning months of each year. 12-Weeks.

Silver Jacket:
The Accelerator Stage

So you now have the knowledge and power to maintain your small business, but you’re growing. You may have even reached a level where you’ve hired your first employees.

Silver Jacket continues.

During our accelerator stage, our partner Maestro Entrepreneur Center guides you on a continued journey through their 12-week cohort program to help your reach advanced business goals. 

Maestro is excited to provide the accelerator stage of the Silver Jacket curriculum.  Fashion industry community will have a place where small businesses and entrepreneurs can come together and become great leaders. They will have access to those who are empathetic and transparent with their challenges and take advantage of a place where they can keep developing the traits needed to keep advancing. We want these entrepreneurs to be able to look at where they are today, identify a vision, and build the courage and confidence for a better tomorrow.” -Julissa Carielo, Maestro Entrepreneur Center President

TIME FRAME: Later in the year. Typically August-November. 12-Weeks.

Silver Jacket:
The Finale

The culmination of this annual cycle will ultimately lead up to the biggest fashion event of the year, TEXAS FASHION WEEK™, The State’s Official Fashion Week in Support of INDUSTRY! Come every October, successful entrepreneurs of the program will upgrade their entry level denim jackets for newly awarded Silver Jackets on stage at the TEXAS FASHION AWARDS™ and be deemed the new “Ones-To-Watch” fashion businesses of the following year.

We pride ourselves in maintaining a relationship with all our Silver Jackets continually so that we can support their positive growth, ultimately serving local economic development and positively growing the industry for the entire state of Texas.

Applications open in November 2020. Watch our social media to be the first to know.

Would you like to support our education department? 100% of your tax deductible charitable donation helps us to serve with our mission in building and strengthening the future of the Texas fashion industry. 

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