is a proud supporter of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative and its programming,
helping to make a difference for our fashion industry and its professionals.



Founded in 2018 and launched in January of 2019, The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501c3 is the state’s first official non-profit dedicated to the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry. Founded by strong leaders within the fashion industry and headquartered in Downtown San Antonio, Texas, TFII serves by bridging Texas fashion communities, educating entrepreneurs, creating jobs, showcasing fashion artists, and by drawing global attention to the Texas fashion scene through our Texas fashion industry news. They are also the founding members of CFDA Connects, an innovative new program by the CFDA that strives to support regional fashion weeks and its programming for a better tomorrow for the American fashion industry. Through this unique partnership, 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.

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.



Our TFII Cycle of Advocacy begins with Education in January. In 2020, we launched the Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program, now known as the Entrepreneur Cohort Program, the first of three educational opportunities that will become signature to TFII. The TFII Entrepreneur Cohort 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, Cohorts now have the power to gain business knowledge relevant to their industry, exclusive resources from an elite network and continued support all year long as they work their way up to their big business-breakout moment at TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in the Fall.


TFII's Cycle of Advocacy in founded in this department. All year long, this department bring Texas fashion to the world becoming Texas’ leading resource for High Fashion & Texas Fashion Industry News. Since 2010 this platform has pioneered fashion community news parallel to high fashion content, elevating everyone and anyone featured within its platform. Texas fashion professionals & TFII Members are regularly featured on this platform and Cohorts work closely with them in order to learn how to approach media professionally so as to encourage global relationships with media outlets of all kinds throughout the world. This department sets the strong foundation for our mission as it leads the way, staying on the pulse of high fashion news and the best Texas fashion has to offer.


The culmination of TFII's Cycle of Advocacy leads up to TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ in the Fall. TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ is the state's official fashion week in support of Industry! This is our Arts & Culture Department's main event for the year and offers a platform for professionals to network, showcase, and be scouted. Occurring in October, TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ also educates the public about fashion artistry and trending factors within the world of fashion creativity. It also serves as home to the growing Texas Fashion Industry Convention™, a trade show in which Texas fashion industry professionals fly in, network, share local resources and build a better ecosystem for fashion industry in Texas together. Along with this large scale event, the Arts & Culture Department also hosts smaller power-events throughout the year. TFII always closes the year with this large scale event and soon after, applications for the Entrepreneur Cohort Program & TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ go live once again, beginning our Cycle of Advocacy in preparation for the next year.


In response to our fashion professionals communicating their desire for "community", we have designed our TFII Membership. TFII is for anyone who wishes to become a leader for Texas fashion industry advocacy. There are levels of membership for seasoned as well as entry level fashion industry community. TFII also has membership levels for those who but don't necessarily work in fashion but desire quality networking with the best in Texas fashion. Together, as a TFII Community, we act as ambassadors for our fashion talent locally, bridge a network statewide, share our community globally and are dedicated to a mission beyond ourselves.