Fashion sector business development

We support the growth of San Francisco’s fashion, design, and apparel manufacturing industry.

Nonprofit partners

Fashion Incubator of San Francisco

FiSF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) incubator committed to turning fashion apparel designers into successful San Francisco entrepreneurs and employers. The Fashion Incubator supports talented designers with education, mentoring, as well as providing innovators with workspace and hands-on experience.


SFMade is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco. It is the only organization of its kind focused on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector. SFMade is help make the critical linkage between San Francisco sewing factories and designers among other valuable business services.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is a recognized leader in delivering end-to-end English and Spanish language entrepreneurship and empowerment training and education. Renaissance proudly works with emerging entrepreneurs in the fashion sector, helping them build the foundational skills and access opportunities to launch and grow San Francisco based businesses.  Each spring, Renaissance hosts a 6-part fashion series covering prototyping, pricing, manufacturing, selling, retailing, and leasing.  Last year alone we supported 55 fashion entrepreneurs with training, consulting, networks, and access to capital.



If you are a fashion designer or apparel factory needing assistance or interested in learning more about FashionSF, contact Laurel Arvanitidis at or 415-554-6471.

Last updated January 25, 2023