15 Jun Silver Jacket Program set to launch fashion businesses in San Antonio, Texas
Truly building the fashion industry in San Antonio, Texas is a long time coming and it’s full steam ahead as a new partnership strives to make Texas the “third coast” with fashion-industry leading our plans.
The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative has signed a five-year contract with Maestro Entrepreneur Center this past week to develop the ongoing curriculum for their new Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program. Set to launch in February of 2020, The Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program is dedicated to providing fashion artists and entrepreneurs the business education they need to strongly launch and excel as full-time fashion business.
Burgundy Woods of TFII & Julissa Carielo of MEC
For the past five years, we have been historically documenting, educating and evaluating the local fashion community. Through our research, we have found that while fashion graduates leave with incredible artistic skills, they lack the business education they truly need to monetize on their creativity. We’re changing that!
Sourced at TexasFashionIndustry.Org
Silver Jacket is designed for the realistic, entry level scenario of one person needing to wear the many hats it takes to powerfully launch their business. For those fashion entrepreneurs who have launched but are struggling, it is our goal to identify their obstacles and help them succeed.
The Silver Jacket Entrepreneur Program stems from the Education department of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative, one of three departments that make up the state’s first official non-profit dedicated to the positive growth of the Texas fashion industry. The curriculum is set to give fashion entrepreneurs education in areas such as: marketing, public relations, graphic design, accounting and even web design, so that these individuals have stronger power (on their own) in growing their small businesses, even without having a full-time staff in the beginning of their entrepreneur journey.
The three departments of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative 501C3
Through our vision, it wasn’t enough to help businesses launch, we then set out to partner with others who could help our Silver Jacket businesses excel. Maestro Entrepreneur Center was the perfect choice. Led by Julissa Carielo, a native Southside San Antonian, this leader is a real world example of an entrepreneur who took her small construction business and grew it into a multi-million dollar industry. Once launched, our entrepreneurs will graduate onto Maestro’s 11 week cohort program and continue to build, learn and have access to resources and insider knowledge for ongoing development.
“At the Maestro Entrepreneur Center, we have created true economic development by helping grow our existing companies in a historically underutilized area of town. We are accelerating business growth, creating new jobs and revitalizing a forgotten neighborhood. With this partnership, Maestro and The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative will now provide assistance to our Fashion Community. They will have a place where small businesses and entrepreneurs can come together and become great leaders. They will have access to those who are empathetic and transparent with their challenges and take advantage of a place where they can keep developing the traits needed to keep advancing. We want them to be able to look at where they are today and identify a vision, and build the courage and confidence for a better tomorrow.” Says Julissa Carielo, Maestro Entrepreneur Center President
Burgundy Woods of TFII & Julissa Carielo of MEC
As these entrepreneurs build their fashion businesses throughout the year, the goal will be to offer a continual nurturing presence throughout this process. Our global awareness department will be on deck as well to not only launch stories about these fashion businesses but also help these business learn how to communicate with media professionally all over the world. Their success is our success and we want to see more Texas fashion community doing what they love full-time, not as a side gig.
The culmination of this annual cycle will ultimately lead up to the biggest fashion event of the year, Fashion Week SATX. Come every October, Fashion Week SATX hosts a week long event, backed by the City of San Antonio, that strives to bring awareness to seasoned and emerging artists in support of the positive growth of the local fashion industry. Successful entrepreneurs of the program will be awarded their Silver Jackets on stage at the grand finale event of Fashion Week SATX, the San Antonio Fashion Awards, and be deemed the new “Ones-To-Watch” fashion businesses, set to be showcased twice a year through TFII & Maestro’s partnership event, “Ones-To-Watch”.
San Antonio Fashion Awards at the Tobin Center & Silver Jacket design direction (Yves Saint Laurent)
This curriculum is strong. It is for anyone who is ready to do what they love full time instead of the hobby hours they cling to. Throughout next five years, The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative’s goal with Silver Jacket is to launch and propel 20 new, successful fashion businesses a year. With Maestro Entrepreneur Center as our educational ally, we are armed and ready. This will change the San Antonio, Texas fashion industry in a huge way and for the greater good for our entire state of Texas.
Application for the first cycle begins November 2018. Continue to follow Style Lush TV and The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative on social media to be the first to know more about the curriculum details and when registration goes Live.