The mission of the Creative Lab Fashion Immersive (CL/FI) is to identify creative entrepreneurs (fashion apparel and/or accessory designer) and provide up to ten participants an opportunity to deepen their relationship with their craft, increase opportunities for investment, and provide them with mentoring/coaching on the business of creating content, producing it, marketing and monetizing it. CL/FI strives to accelerate their next steps in their professional careers.
For more information on applying for the Fashion Immersive, please see our CL/FI Program Details page and CL/FI Submission Application page.
Step 1: Include up to 10 participants in the Fashion Immersive program that will provide them with the business experience and an understanding of the fashion industry in Hawaii and how it’s connected to the US Mainland market and possibly International market.
Step 2: Select up to 3 “Finalists” who will be mentored through the process of designing a collection, creating patterns, samples, and additional brand collateral needed for professional sales and marketing meetings.
Step 3: Take up 3 Finalists to Los Angeles during the official LA Fashion Market to participate in an immersive program that would include meetings with industry experts, creating investment and sales opportunities, and networking with sourcing/manufacturing businesses.
Step 4: Continued mentoring for all original participants and Finalists to create a presentation to show at a major Hawaii fashion platform event.
Step 5: Present a runway show and/or presentation at a major Hawaii fashion platform event.
Step 6: Host final mentoring sessions for all original participants and Finalists through development of the remainder of their collection and facilitate follow up meetings with mainland contacts to help accelerate them to the next steps of their careers and projects.
*Exclusive to the 10 Selected Applicants of the CL/FI Program
DAY 1 : Introduction to Program with The Cut Collective, Business Model Canvas and Guest Panel Discussion about running a fashion business in Hawaii.
DAY 2: Centering Your Brand and the Process of Creating Your Brand Deck
Presented by BLISS LAU, NY-based Fine Jewelry Designer
DAY 3: Sales and Marketing. What does the sales and marketing roadmap look like for a brand from Hawaii going into the National Market?
DAY 4: Create the Look and Speed Networking to form your Creative Team
DAY 5: Production with The Cut Collective, Mock Pitch Day and
JUNE 22, 2015
Announcement of Fashion Immersive Program
JULY 10, 2015
CL/FI Application Due
JULY 11-13, 2015
Application Selection Process
JULY 14, 2015
Announcement of Selected Ten Applicants
JULY 17-21, 2015
Five-Day Immersive Workshop
AUGUST 3, 2015
Final Portfolio Submission Due
AUGUST 4-5, 2015
Finalist Selection Process
AUGUST 7, 2015
Announcement of Selected Three Finalists
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2015
Production of Sample Garments & Brand Collateral Preparation for Los Angeles Meetings
OCTOBER 12-16, 2015
Los Angeles Trip
Final Presentation in Honolulu
DECEMBER 2015 – FEBRUARY 2016
Continued Monthly Meetings with Mentors for All Selected Applicant