As the curtains draw on another Austin Fashion Week, the spotlight shines brightly on the collaboration between the city’s premier fashion event and designers-in-residence at Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Fashion Incubator. ACC Fashion Incubator’s designers took center stage, showcasing their works, during a show at the Domain in April. 

“We are super excited to showcase the talent of our cohort, alumni, and fellows at Austin Fashion Week,” says Nina Means, ACC Fashion Incubator director. “This collaboration provides our designers with a platform to gain exposure for their brands. They have put in a lot of time and effort into their work, and we’re all eager to see it on stage.”

Attendees of Austin Fashion Week were treated to cutting-edge designs and artistic expressions of the ACC Fashion Incubator’s designers. The showcase featured a lineup of brands including Banbury Saints, Design Girls World, Florezco, Faire Sauvage, J. Marz Designs, Lost Generation, Onyx D’or, Sleep, Never, Sticky Gold, and Universo Uno. 

The partnership between Austin Fashion Week and the ACC Fashion Incubator highlights the shared commitment to nurturing emerging talent within the fashion industry. Through this collaboration, the Fashion Incubator provides aspiring designers with invaluable resources, mentorship, and opportunities to catapult their careers onto the global stage.

“Austin Fashion Week has grown into the fourth largest fashion week concept in the United States through incredible partnerships with emerging designers across Texas and beyond,” says Matt Swinney, Fashion X Texas CEO. “Not the least of which are the incredibly talented designers that have been through the ACC Fashion Incubator. This group, in particular, is well-poised to make a significant impact on the fashion industry globally, and having them debut collections during Austin Fashion Week is truly remarkable.”

The Fashion Incubator provides small business and emerging entrepreneurs access to cutting-edge resources to help turn their fashion ideas into profitable products. The 12-month program covers an intensive curriculum including concepts of commercialization, product development/production, small business practice, and marketing. 

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