Louisville Bespoke is a fashion hub to facilitate a collaborative movement with some of Louisville’s finest local fashion designers, makers, entrepreneurs and artists in the industry striving to create more exposure and excitement around the great talent and resources of the fashion industry in the Midwest .
The space is designed to foster innovation and collaboration. Louisville Bespoke will have worktables to make patterns, designs, and share ideas. We will have many different types of sewing machines and rental equipment. One of the most important pillars will be education. We will offer lots of classes as well as events through out the year.
The space will not be individual studios but an open format for the integration and development of ideas much like an incubator for the fashion community in Louisville and beyond.
Our Vision: To provide a studio space and classroom space with sewing machines and worktables for designers, artists, and entrepreneurs to collaborates and share ideas. The space being a unique and innovative regional hub that has the potential to include DAAP the University of Cincinnati Design School, UK's College of Design, the Speed School at UofL integrating diverse ideas. Our Mission: To foster the next wave of businesses and reawaken the fashion craft!
At Louisville Bespoke we are artists, fashion designers, teachers, and entrepreneurs, dedicated to inspiring our youth and sparking their creativity. Together we will create the most vibrant fashion community in the Midwest!.
Sewing is a dying trade and research shows us that the fashion industry has grown 7.2 % annually in the last five years and its projected to grow 6.7% in the next 5 years. We need to teach the younger generations to sew. It's critical for the economy to develop the talent that has the gift to make.
I believe that through education and community building, small business owners and makers can revive the fashion industry in Louisville. We should not have to outsource our manufacturing overseas. Instead, we need to create and further develop this trade in the US. We can educate ourselves in the tradition of sewing and its entire trade. This will connect us directly to our products and customers as well as nurture these relationships.
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Risks and challenges
The most important part is the space which we are super close to solidifying. We want to make sure it's a collaborative space that fits the needs of our maker's.
There will be 3 phases to this project.
Phase 1: Raising the money for the 22 sewing machines, home and industrial, and sewing equipment, including dress forms, irons, tables, etc.
Phase 2: Gathering supplies needed for the studio space
Phase 3: Locate dedicated spaces for equipment, classes, and scholarships.
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