Fashioning Their Future is an initiative of The Stitch Institute. The program builds on youth's interest in fashion to:
Established in 2009, Fashioning Their Future offers a curriculum that can be adapted to summer camps, Saturday workshops and after school programs. Ten percent (10%) of the sale of all items in the Essential Elements Collection go toward offsetting the costs for organizations to offer the program to youth in their communities.
At the turn of the 20th century most clothing worn by men and women in the U.S. was made by individuals who worked as independent seamstresses and tailors. Opportunities decreased as manufacturing overseas drove prices cheaper, mass media increased the desire for labels over labor, and consumer demand created the drive for faster and cheaper production.
However, increased consumer awareness around fair labor practices. This coupled with a growing desire for products made in U.S. has spurred a greater demand and appreciation for artisan and bespoke apparel.
Collaborating with other fashion professionals provides opportunities for our customers to receive a better fit and brings added revenue streams and increased exposure to professionals who earn their living creating and constructing clothing.