Women-Empowering Fashion Incubator Finds Rightful Home in Kansas City
Rightfully Sewn wants to help fashion designers and at-risk women find a viable path in the clothing industry
Rightfully Sewn is a newly established, fashion-focused charitable organization that wants to give women a way into the industry. Built to be a training ground, it will help budding fashion designers move forward and help at-risk women find opportunities in the challenging field.
The startup wants to ride the emerging demand for Made in the US, high quality yet affordable products. It says:
Rightfully Sewn will provide seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for affordable, high-quality, American-produced garments.
While NYC is seen as the fashion capital of the United States, Kansas City was once home to plenty of seamstresses, local designers and brands in the 60s. Enter global brands, these local operations were pushed out. Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, Founder and President of Rightfully Sewn adds:
There is no organization like ours in the nation. Our vision is to lay a path to a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th century golden era of garment design and manufacturing,
Working with Women’s Employment Network/Women’s Business Center, the training they provide will help women in at-risk situations a chance to find a stable job and income.
Sherry Turner of Women’s Employment Network is optimistic. “Without community support for women with barriers to employment, 67% of at-risk women will relapse to their harmful situations within three years. The seamstress training and placement model Rightfully Sewn is proposing is timely and promising.”, she says.
The incubator also plans to give local fashion designers an access to the space and state-of-the-art equipment paired with training for the many aspects running a fashion business.
The organization is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise $9,000 for capital. Backers can donate $16 (a nod to the year 2016) to the flexible campaign here.
Rightfully Sewn will also be partnering with local organizations such as Central Exchange, Lee Jeans and the Missouri Sewing Machine Company. To help raise funds and public interest, they will be holding a Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar and Fabric Tradeshow on October 16 to 17. Tickets may be bought here.