We strive to support and grow the local creative community and remain at the forefront of educational opportunity and programming. We build programming that meets the needs of our local creative community and offer unique experiences for a range of skill levels. We will constantly uplift and center the creative works of those who are underrepresented and use our platform to encourage others to do the same.



Launched in October 2020, our signature Designer Residency program identifies, incubates and promotes new talent in fashion through an intensive three month virtual and in-person learning program. EMERGE provides workshops and mentorships with leading thinkers and industry professionals in the fields of fashion, technical design, sustainability, manufacturing, production, marketing and merchandising via virtual classroom setting. The program engages one experienced designer in residence, and a select amount of local designers per season. Our program mentors who lead and create the coursework are carefully selected by our team and bring an incredible amount of fashion industry knowledge and expertise to our program participants and to our NWA community.



Our workshops center on teaching a variety of sewing courses to our neighboring communities. These courses are led by Director of Sewing Operations, Abwe Abedi and Director of Apparel Education, Basana Chhetri. Workshops include learning how to use a sewing machine and serger, measuring and cutting patterns, and executing garments for local designers. The communities we have worked with include the Marshallese, Congolese refugees and the LatinX.



Since 2016 we have been offering custom workshop experiences across an array of cultural expressions and industries. We strive to provide content that helps our community become better and pursuing what they love, and loving how they work. From courses on modeling, to social media best practices, to photography and production skills... if you have a skill you'd like to improve, we would love to help you along the way!



Our presentation series, open to the public, rotates in new speakers each month to address important social topics related to fashion and current events. Some of our recent and noteworthy speakers include Denise Incandela on the topic of Covid-19 and its impact on the fashion industry, and Dr. Cara Osborne on masking and mitigation strategy.