San Francisco Fashion Industry non-profits and trade organizations

San Francisco has several non-profit and trade organizations that are supporting the fashion industry in the Bay Area.  Here is a listing of several organizations than encourage the support from fashion industry professionals:

Innovative Fashion Council San Francisco
“We are a not for profit trade association based in San Francisco, California that was created in the office of Mayor Gavin Newsom.  Our organization provides industry networking and fashion events, forums to voice concerns within the industry, and soon a business incubator and a residential fellowship program.  We strive to increase global and local exposure for local designers and the City of San Francisco’s fashion industry.  By seeking and promoting expansion of the industry to another sophisticated, elegant, and fashion-forward city like San Francisco, IFCSF will, in turn, be able to create new jobs within the fashion industsry, which in turn, will benefit the City at large.

Mission:  To create a cohesive, vibrant fashion community, a fashion district, a fashion vocational high school and ultimately an eco-fashion epicenter based in San Francisco.  ICSF is committed to instructing, inspiring and mentoring emerging designers and recent graduates of all aspects of design pursuing a career in the industry.  In addition to creating a community for a thriving job market in fashion, the IFCSF is dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness in the fashion industry.”

Services:  Publicity, Public Relations, Relationship Building, Relevant Industry Events, Speaking Forums, Business Education, Networking Opportunities, Sustainability and Environmental Best Practices

Projects and Events:  IFCSF Networking Events, Branding the Man, Inside the Fashion Atelier

The Executive Director and founder is Yetunde Schuhmann.  Board of Directors includes Wilkes Bashford, owner and CEO of Wilkes Bashford Stores.  They have an Advisory Board of eight local fashion merchants and designers.  IFCSF is a membership based organization.  Further information can be found on their website: http://www.ifcsf.com/.

San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network
The San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network is a fashion trade association with membership consisting of womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers, stylists, photographers, hair and makeup artists, model agencies, fashion show directors/producers, retail buyers, fashion publication editors, and fashion industry related professionals.

Mission:  The SFBA Fashion Network objective is to build a business and social network to promote awareness and create a directory website of the fashion industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Projects and Events:  Membership includes networking activities and events held quarterly.  Future plans include an annual fashion showcase featuring SFBA Fashion Network Talents.

The Founding Director is Joseph Domingo.  Additional information can be found at their website: http://www.sanfranciscobayareafashionnetwork.com.

San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, Inc.
San Francisco Fashion Merchants Alliance, Inc. is a California non-profit corporation.  SFFAMA, Inc. is a social development network that champions in various sustainable projects in support of the thriving local fashion industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SFFAMA, Inc. possesses the in depth understanding of the ever changing and unique San Francisco Bay Area fashion industry landscape.  In utilizing the latest technology in social media marketing and hosting innovative industry related events, they are highly adaptable and very progressive in their thinking.

Mission:  SFFAMA, Inc. is focused on tackling the local fashion entrepreneur needs in the current economic climate and in all facets of their business strategy to offer solutions by means of altruistic vision, coop alternatives and sustainable approach, utilizing social media marketing.  SFFAMA, Inc. was created to provide an ongoing open dialogue between the local merchants and fashion entrepreneurs to form a cohesive alliance in promoting creative synergy and business opportunities.

Services:  Publicity, Public Relations, Relationship Building, Social Media Marketing, Relevant Industry Events, Fashion Showcases, Speaking Forums, Apprenticeships and Mentorship Programs, Business Education, Trade Matchings, Networking Opportunities, Entrepreneurship Structuring, Marketing and Consulting and Web 2.0

Projects and Events:  San Francisco Fashion Week, Fashion Feud, The Economics of Art, Fashion Mash-Up, The Beauty Expo.

The Executive Director and founder is Owen Geronimo.  The organization launched in September of 2009.  Additional information can be found at http://www.sffama.com.

YouLiveAndYou Learn.org
YouLiveAndYouLearn.org philosophy is “Fashion For Architecture.”  The organization creates various educational and charitable activities.  Its main concerns are with civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector that seeks to promote the practice of charitable giving and voluntarism through a variety of strategies including advocacy, disclosure and information exchange.

Mission:  The non-profit organization showcases the talent of aspiring and struggling fashion designers by working with them to create charitable runway events.  This is a creative forum for many to learn and to express themselves.  The events are fundraisers aimed to create a program for high school students and college graduates to gain diversified experience qualifying them for license exams such as the NCIDQ.  This is an educational initiative that motivates and helps many make their dreams come true.

Services:  Publicity, Public Relations, Relationship Building, Social Media Marketing, Relevant Industry Events, Fashion Showcases, Apprenticeships and Mentorship Programs, Business Education, Trade Matchings, Networking Opportunities, Entrepreneurship Structuring, Marketing and Consulting

Projects and Events:  The Walking Exhibition annual fashion show.  They are launching their non-profit event in New York this Fall.

The CEO and founder is Lisa Li.  The organization was founded in October of 2009 and incorporated on December 31, 2009.  Additional information can be found at http://www.youliveandyoulearn.org.

Halo Republic
This is an exciting new non-profit that will be supporting the local San Francisco Bay Area fashion industry by hosting fashion productions and providing resources to fashion industry professionals.

Mission:  Halo Republic thrives on the boutique-style quality of service that will promote the unique and creative talents of designers and recognize sponsors through fashion production and mainstream media.

Services:  Relevant Industry Events, Fashion Showcases, Speaking Forums, Business Educations, Trade Matchings, Networking Opportunities, Entrepreneurship Structuring, Marketing and Consulting

Projects and Events:  Fashion productions Snow and Black V, Stellar | San Francisco Fashion Awards

This organization is founded by Creative Director Owen Buenaventura and Marketing Director Del Geronimo.  They launched their non-profit on their Black V event on May 29, 2010.  Additional information can be found at http://www.halorepublic.com.