STRONG ADVOCACY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
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.