Our HISTORY & MISSION
Saint Louis Fashion Fund (SLFF) was founded in 2014 by Susan Sherman, and a small group of passionate Saint Louisans who envisioned an organization that would support emerging designers and promote fashion education and outreach in Saint Louis City, thereby revitalizing its Garment District and growing St. Louis’ impact on the fashion industry. SLFF serves as a fashion retail and education hub for the local design community as well as a catalyst for attracting full-scale garment manufacturing and production to downtown St. Louis.
In January 2017, SLFF launched a class of six emerging designer businesses and began programming for the community, students, and local designers. The inaugural designers have completed the two-year intensive business and fashion education program and are looking forward to exciting new ventures in the coming year both inside and beyond St. Louis.
Building on that success, SLFF revised and broadened its mission and developed new programming for 2019 that reflects its next stage of growth and service to the local design and creative communities. The new mission of Saint Louis Fashion Fund is to enrich St. Louis through the business of fashion via three pillars: economic growth and revitalization of St. Louis’ garment district, education and community outreach, and a Fashion Lab which is a combination of professional and educational opportunities promoting community, collaboration and connection within the fashion industry. The Fashion Lab includes our Resident Habitués, Professional Membership Program and Events and the Fashion Consortium.