fashion incubator

Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI) is a two-year, intensive program offering emerging designers tools and guidance to take their businesses to the next level. Our inaugural class kicked off in January 2017, offering the chosen six SLFI designers tools, education, and mentorship.

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Free Studio Space and Designer Offices

Housed in a 7,500-square-foot, light-filled building in St. Louis’ historic garment district, the space includes shared work, retail and education space, state-of-the-art equipment, and access to small run sampling and manufacturing.




The stipend can be used at the designer’s discretion to offset the cost of relocation, travel, supplies, etc.



Mentorship and Business Support

SLFI designers will leverage key industry connections and partnerships, as well as a nationally recognized advisory board.


The strategy and thought that has gone into the planning for the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator is so different from other incubators around the country. Not only will it impact young emerging designers’ businesses, but it will also impact the entire fashion and design ecosystem of St. Louis and the region. The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator is a new model for how to develop emerging design talent.
— Gary Wassner, CEO of Hilldun Corporation and Chairman of Interluxe Holdings, LLC
 Arcturis and Alise O'Brien Photography


Sales Opportunities

SLFI designers will have the opportunity to participate in trunk shows, pop-up shops, e-commerce, and market week opportunities in major markets.



Collaborative Opportunities

With introductions to St. Louis-based businesses, manufacturing firms, retailers, tech start-ups, and world-class arts, culture and educational institutions, SLFI designers will become an integral part of the thriving cultural ecosystem in St. Louis.



Professional Development

Through partnerships with Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and a network of local and national partners, SLFI designers will benefit from two years of intense business, fashion, merchandising, and retail programming, as well as guest speakers, workshops, and panels.