Apparel Entrepreneur Series

Portland Sewing_STOCK_AUG_2013PFI’s business classes are the best classes I have ever taken for my business. They are full of real life experience and priceless advice. Your teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and willing to share their years of experience and priceless information! –Bondi N

I’m getting my first run done with a factory 😁 I’ll be getting 200+ of my capes made. I think I hit about $7,500 in sales last month.  I’d say I came into it incredibly well prepared with your advice and teaching. The couple that runs the operation insisted that I must have worked with a factory before because of how I had the patterns, samples & materials prepared. It was all straight out of your classes.” — Christine V

Trying to break into the apparel business but don’t know where to start? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Our Apparel Entrepreneur Series gives you everything you need to know to price, develop and sell your apparel and accessories. Classes take place as “Saturday Seminars”.  The 12 Fall term classes start September 15 and take place on Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm.  Take each one for $65 or the series for $680.  Click on any link below to register.

Certificate Program students: Choose the credit option on each class to register.

Fall classes are:

— September 15: Start an Apparel Business with Sharon Blair and Jo Carter, PFI

— September 22: Excel for Apparel Professionals with Dana Ditto, Nike

— September 29: Accounting Basics with Nancy Mitchell, E-Options

October 6: Fashion Forecasting with Andrea Moore, Moore Custom Goods

— October 13: Costing & Pricing with Dana Ditto, Nike

— October 20:  Contracting Basics for Apparel with Owen Schmidt, attorney

— October 27: Sourcing 101 with Dana Ditto, Nike

— November 3:  Protect Your Intellectual Propertywith Susan Pitchford, IP attorney

— November 10:Working with Production with Alyson Clair, Clair Vintage Inspired

— November 17: Working with Boutiques & Buyers with Celeste Sipes & Gina Morris, Radish Underground

— December 1: Truth about Trade Shows with Jason Calderon, West Daily menswear

— December 8: Social Media Marketing with Amanda Hatheway, social media consultant

The series continues in Winter term with classes on how to promote and finance your collection.

Those taking Business Classes are eligible for a grant to launch their business — a boost of $4,000.  Click here for more information.

BONUS!  Sign up for the series and get your free copy of “Boutiques Guide:  Portland”.  Your guide to locally owned boutiques selling independent design with features on 34 carefully chosen shops with pictures and plenty of useful details.  There are maps to find your way around plus tips on where to get a bite to eat and find a happy hour!

Portland Fashion Institute students have gone on to success in apparel.  They include:

– Alicia Wood, Keen and Ms Wood Kimonos

– Annie Cattabriga-Alosa, Divinia

– Amanda LeGore, ShadeSuits, LLC

– Caitlin McCall, Quick Study Clothing

– Celeste Sipes, Radish Underground & Thunderpants

– Claire Doody, Copper Union

– Ellen Hsu, Vintalier

– Heidi Bergin, Adelheid Bergin

– Jessica Caldwell, Machine Apparel

– Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse

– Mark McGinnis, Adidas and The Incorporated

– Serena Skaates, Columbia Sportswear

– Stephanie Mai, Stephanie Mai Couture

Other students include:

– Amanda Needham, stylist for film and television

– Gretchen Jones, Project Runway Season 8 winner and fashion designer

– Holly Stalder of Haunt and Kate Towers, both formerly of Seaplane

– Rachel Turk of Church & State

– Amy Sim, Bryce Black , Becky Ross, Janeane Marie, Korina Emmerich, Project Runway contestants

– Many who now work at Adidas, Carson Footwear, Columbia Sportswear, Merrill, Nike, Solestruck, True Collaborative, Wilson Tennis, Wieden + Kennedy and several area boutiques.

Your name could be next on our list!

I just wanted to reiterate my thanks for your help and mentorship over the past few years.  I’m so excited about my new job in product innovation and development.  The team I’m joining wants someone who knows how to pattern and sew in order to test out new ideas and optimize them.  The construction, pattern making and CAD skills I gained at [PFI] were key to the position.  Thanks so much for your guidance and leadership!”  — Serena S