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The Nashville Fashion Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to building a sustainable fashion industry in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Nashville Fashion Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to building a sustainable fashion industry in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The Nashville Fashion is an organized alliance of like-minded professionals dedicated to building a sustainable and globally recognized fashion industry in Nashville, Tennessee through advocacy, economic development, resources and education.

What does that really mean? 

Great creative communities don't just happen. Running a start up or an established business is more than a full time commitment. It often takes an organization whose sole purpose is to support that community to see an entire industry thrive. We've seen this happen all over the world and we've seen it right here in Nashville in the music industry and the tech community.

Music and Fashion go hand-in-hand. Over the last few years, Nashville's Fashion scene has absolutely exploded with talent. We are now home to over 150 growing fashion brands. This community also includes stylists, models, photographers, manufacturers, tech companies, textile companies, and many others that work in the fashion industry. 

Our mission is to provide these creative companies with infrastructure, resources and support while at the same time creating needed jobs in our community. Here is how we're going to do it...

 Tickets ONLY available through our Kickstarter Rewards!

By participating in our Kickstarter launch effort, you'll be a founder of the Nashville Fashion Alliance! Everyone who gives at any level will be a founder and that is only possible through this Kickstarter. There are several different reward levels we go into below but all our levels are important! Thank you for being here, please spread the word!

All founder's names will be screen printed on our limited edition launch posters for eternal bragging rights!

Right now, we have the opportunity to solve two problems here in middle Tennessee with one organization. The booming fashion community here can't find enough skilled workers. Often, they simply can't keep up with demand because they are under staffed. A huge hole exists in the manufacturing and skilled sewing trade here.

In conjunction with that need, there is also a large under worked and refugee population in Nashville looking for new skills, steady income and affordable housing. We have already worked with organizations like The Housing fund and Catholic Charities of Tennessee to build a sewing certificate program that has 4 simple goals:

1. Train an underserved population, providing them with a valuable new skill

2. Connect our fashion brands in need with these workers for full time employment

3. Provide career opportunities in a creative environment paying a living wage

4. Provide access to affordable housing grants.

We want to support our community and help this new crop of fashion entrepreneurs grow in Nashville without having to turn to New York or Los Angeles for support. 

We have four of these trained sewers now employed at Omega Apparel. That took nearly two years of planning and effort. Imagine what we can do, and how much faster we can move, if we can establish a full time team dedicated to this mission? 

We can change everything.

In order to fully realize this vision, we need to raise money. We need a financial foundation to build a team. Once we can establish a fully dedicated force to focus on the mission of the NFA, we can move full speed ahead on building resource pools such as business services and manufacturing. 

We can take the next steps towards providing a physical co-op location in Nashville where our start up fashion brands can connect with other people in their community, learn from mentors and access equipment they may not otherwise be able to afford.

In addition to this, we can build a mentorship network so Nashville's fashion entrepreneurs can develop the business skills needed to grow scalable companies.

New Jobs + Expanding Nashville companies = Economic Development

    How Nashville Ranks nationally:
  • Rated 4th Best Metro Area for Fashion Designers
  • 5th in Apparel Manufacturing
  • 9th in Textile Mills
  • 15th in Leather Manufacturing
  • 15th in Clothing Retail Stores  

We are proud to say that some of Nashville's most prominent brands have supported this effort from day one. We are offering several exclusive offers as rewards available one time only through Kickstarter.

 NEW REWARD ALERT!

We've teamed up with the great crew at Shaveface to produce a limited run of their denim Strop with the letters "NASH" imprinted right into the leather. There are only 25 of these, so get 'em while their hot!

What's a Strop by Shaveface?

A take on the classic leather strop for sharpening straight razors, Shaveface have invented a denim Strop designed to re-align the blades of your disposable razor. The beauties save you money, save the planet by lowering razor waste and save your skin!

The Strop by Shaveface
The Strop by Shaveface

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Risks and challenges

We are aware with any launch of a new business or non-profit such as ourselves, there can be challenges. We fully anticipate shipping all our rewards in June of 2015 but a manufacturing delay we cannot currently predict could push that back to July.

The images used to represent our reward products are mock ups of what the finished prints will look like. While they are designed to be accurate representations, there will be small differences in the final products.

After two full years in the making, we have never been more ready to deliver on the promise and ambition of the NFA. Let's do it!

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    The Founder

    Thank You! We'll be creating custom screen printed posters with all supporting founder's names printed on it to commemorate our launch. We'll send you a digital version of the print and you're name will be on it!

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    Badge Of Honor

    You'll receive a custom embroidered NFA patch produced in Nashville, Tennessee to wear with pride showing you helped make this a reality! Your name will also appear on our founder's poster.

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    The Strop

    We've teamed up with the great crew at Shaveface to produce a limited run of their denim Strop with the letters "NASH" imprinted right into the leather. There are only 25 of these, so get 'em while their hot! ("NASH" lettering is optional if you prefer to not have it)

    What's a Strop by Shaveface?

    A take on the classic leather strop for sharpening straight razors, Shaveface have invented a denim Strop designed to re-align the blades of your disposable razor. The beauties save you money, save the planet by lowering razor waste and save your skin!

    More at Shaveface.co

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    The NFA Tote Bag - Natural - Designed By Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine

    Natural denim with black ink.

    You'll receive our custom screen printed limited edition NFA tote bag, made in Nashville Tennessee and designed by renowned designer Amanda Valentine. These are available one time only through Kickstarter!

    Your name will also be present on our founder's poster. Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    The NFA Tote Bag - Charcoal - Designed by Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine

    Charcoal denim with white ink.

    You'll receive our custom screen printed limited edition NFA tote bag, made in Nashville Tennessee and designed by renowned designer Amanda Valentine. These are available one time only through Kickstarter!

    Your name will also be present on our founder's poster. Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    The NFA Tote Bag - Natural - Designed By Bryce McCloud of Isle Of Printing

    Natural denim with black ink.

    *Picture in our Kickstarter Campaign.

    You'll receive our custom screen printed limited edition NFA tote bag, made in Nashville Tennessee and designed by the amazing Bryce McCloud. These are available one time only through Kickstarter!

    Your name will also be present on our founder's poster. Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    The Founder's Poster

    Custom silk-screened poster designed by Bryce McCloud of Isle Of Printing and produced in Nashville, Tennessee. These one of a kind beauties will have all our Kickstarter supporter's names printed on them. Get one and show it off!

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    Early Bird!

    Limited Edition NFA T-Shirt designed by Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine.

    These custom silk screen NFA T-Shirts are only available though Kickstarter and we're rewarding our early funders by making this limited run exclusively for them. Get yourself one!

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    Limited Edition Valentine Valentine T-Shirt

    Designed by Amanda Valentine exclusevly for the NFA, these custom silk screen T-Shirts are only available though Kickstarter and one time only!

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    Limited Edition Isle Of Printing T-Shirt

    Designed by Bryce McCloud exclusevly for the NFA, these custom silk screen T-Shirts are only available though Kickstarter and one time only!

    *Picture in our Kickstarter Campaign.

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    BUNDLE: 2 NFA Tote Bags. The Charcoal Tote Designed by Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine and the Natural demin tote designed by Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing.

    - Charcoal denim with white ink.
    - Natural denim with black ink.

    You'll receive two of our custom screen printed limited edition NFA tote bags, made in Nashville Tennessee and designed by renowned designer Amanda Valentine and artist Bryce McCloud. These are available one time only through Kickstarter!

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    Two Tickets to our Nashville Celebration Party at Imogene & Willie!

    We'll be hosting an invite only private gathering of our Kickstarter supporters in Nashville this summer at one of Nashville's favorite destinations, Imogene & Willie.

    There are a limited number of tickets and they are only available to our Kickstarter supporters. This event will feature some of Nashville's best food, music and of course incredible company.

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    BUNDLE: Limited Edition Isle Of Printing T-Shirt & Tote Bag in Natural Denim

    Designed by Bryce McCloud exclusively for the NFA, these custom silk screen T-Shirts and totes are only available though Kickstarter and one time only!

    *Pictures in our Kickstarter Campaign.

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    BUNDLE: Both Limited Edition NFA T-Shirts designed by Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine and Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing.

    These custom silk screen NFA T-Shirts are only available though Kickstarter. Own them both!

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Two VIP passes to our Nashville Celebration Party at Imogene & Willie!

    We'll be hosting an invite only private gathering of our Kickstarter supporters in Nashville this summer at one of Nashville's favorite destinations, Imogene & Willie.

    There are only 50 total passes for the VIP experience and they are only available to our Kickstarter supporters. This event will feature some of Nashville's best food, music and of course incredible company.

    As a VIP attendee, you'll get the best of the best including artist meet and greet and a private table.

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    The Full Package For Two

    Two VIP tickets to our Nashville Celebration Party, two NFA Patches, two NFA custom tote bags, two NFA silk screened posters and two limited edition NFA T-Shirts designed by Amanda Valentine.

    Thanks for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    ALLY

    The NFA needs important Allies to get off the ground! These allies names will appear larger on the Founder's poster and we'll be creating a separate commemorative piece of art for the future NFA headquarters to proudly show off those who supported us in a HUGE way from the beginning.

    Thank you for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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    ANGEL

    Call us... we'll come up with something spectacular for you, partner.

    Thank you for supporting the Nashville Fashion Alliance!

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