WELCOME TO OUR EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Click below to learn more about our Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program or to discover our TFII List of fashion education throughout Texas.

WELCOME TO OUR EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Click below to learn more about our Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program or to discover our TFII List of fashion education throughout Texas.

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. We now begin our annual Cycle of Advocacy with our Education Department and our educational programming. In 2020, we launched the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program, the first of three educational opportunities that will become signature to TFII. The Silver Jacket Entrepreneur program is a 12-week cohort that offers business education for entry level fashion businesses or struggling entrepreneurs who excel creatively but struggle with business knowledge. Together with our business accelerator partners, Silver Jackets now have the power of business knowledge relevant to their industry, exclusive resources from an elite network and continued support all year long as they work their way to their big business-breakout moment at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in the Fall. Scroll down to learn more.

STEP 1. LAUNCH

Silver Jackets are introduced to the real world when it comes to going from a hobbyist to a true small business owner. This 12-week cohort includes lessons on business structure, accounting, legalities, marketing, graphic design, and so much more. By the time the students are done, they have a real business plan and a hand full of skills that they need to handle daily operations in the beginning phases of their business. 

  • Business Basics
  • Your Brand
  • Legal Knowledge
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Graphic Design 
  • Website Help
  • and more

Details about the curriculum can be attained by Texas Fashion Industry Initiative staff. Please contact us. Representatives are standing by.

STEP 2.
WE'RE IN BUSINESS

Once Silver Jackets meet the launch criteria, we provide ongoing support during their business launch. TFII offers ribbon cutting ceremony support and ongoing mentorship through their first months as a new fashion business so that they can develop new experience and have access to a network who can answer their questions. During this time, they have access to TFII Departments and get to know Maestro Entrepreneur Center, the next step in the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur journey.

STEP 3.
ACCELERATE

So you now have the knowledge and power to maintain your small business, but you’re growing. Silver Jacket continues. During our accelerator stage, our partner Maestro Entrepreneur Center guides Silver Jackets on an additional 12-week journey offering sessions in more advanced business knowledge and helps them prepare for TEXAS FASHION WEEK™. 

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

STEP 4.

Upon meeting all criteria, the Silver Jacket then have their big business-breakout moment at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™. Those who showcase an excelled level of newfound business knowledge and success will upgrade their entry level denim jacket to the Silver Jacket on stage at the TEXAS FASHION AWARDS™ and be deemed the “Ones-To-Watch” Fashion Businesses of the following year. 

Co-facilitators who instruct the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program are carefully curated and chosen for their first hand experience as a successful entrepreneur or their advanced degree as a professional in the field. Silver Jackets enter into a network of immense value and gain a support system that follows them well into their advanced years in business.

SILVER JACKET TESTIMONIAL

would otherwise take us years to learn. Essential skills such as financial management, marketing and sales, networking, planning, graphic design, all necessary to run a small business profitably.

In comparison, I can honestly say through the program, I have come much farther in business planning then my colleagues present and past. I am being given all the necessary tools I need to start a successful business and the backing I need to continue to grow. Operating a small business takes more than passion and determination. We need the technical expertise and solutions to flourish and this program provides just that.

Not only do we gain the skills we need to start our careers, but through the program,  we also build a support system from locally owned business owners who are happy to continually offer advice to us entrepreneurs in order to be successful.  All valuable resources, under a different circumstance, would cost us very high consultation fees and services.

Fashion design is a very competitive field. It is time consuming and expensive, especially when you have no support or little to no experience. Being accepted into the TFII Silver Jacket Program has enabled me to have full access to an organization with a vast wealth of talented and successful business owners. For someone like me, who is just starting to build her career, who before would have probably had to move to another city to grow as a professional, I cannot express how beneficial this is to me and my future career.”

Veronica Rodriguez

FASHION DESIGNER, 2020 SILVER JACKET

Applications for 2021 go live in November of 2020.

OUR THOROUGH LIST OF FASHION EDUCATION AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT TEXAS IS COMING SOON.

TFII IS PROUD TO OFFER A LIST OF FASHION EDUCATION AVAILABLE IN TEXAS.

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DATE: JANUARY 31st, 2020
LOCATION: Style Lush TV
TIME: 7pm-9pm
DETAILS: Join the conversation. We begin our journey in revitalizing San Antonio’s apparel and soft goods manufacturing hub.