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 11 Fall term classes start September 14 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 14: Start an Apparel Business with Vivian McInerny, author & former fashion editor for The Oregonian + Sharon Blair, PFI

— September 21: Fashion Forecasting with Michelle Lesniak, designer, Project Runway winner

— September 28: Get Noticed! PR Secrets with Kim Bedwell, sr vice president, FLM Harvest PR

— October 5: Excel for Apparel Professionals with Dana Ditto, Nike

— October 12: Costing & Pricing with Dana Ditto, Nike

— October 19: Sourcing 101 with Dana Ditto, Nike

— October 26:  Contracting Basics for Apparel with Owen Schmidt, attorney

— November 2: Working with Production with Jason Calderon, S Group & West Daily menswear

— November 9: Working with Boutiques & Buyers with Celeste Sipes, ThunderPants USA

— November 16: Truth about Trade Shows with Jason Calderon, S Group & West Daily menswear

— November 23: Social Media Marketing with Rebecca Russell, Wieden + Kennedy

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

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

– Alicia Wood, senior concept creator at Under Armour

– Annie Cattabriga-Alosa, Divinia

– Amanda LeGore, ShadeSuits, LLC

– Celeste Sipes, Radish Underground & Thunderpants, USA

– 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, Keen & 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, 811 Design Center

– 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

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