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 classes start January 16 and take place on Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm.  All are online.  Take each one for $65 or the series for $680.  Click on any link below to register.  Or click here to see the complete brochure.

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

Fall classes are:

— January 16: Start an Apparel Business  with Karen Spencer, Mercy Corps NW + Sharon Blair, PFI

— January 23: Future of Fashion with Jena Nesbitt, product strategy director, PCF

— January 30: Get Noticed! PR Secrets with Kim Bedwell, sr vice president, FLM Harvest PR

— February 6: Excel for Apparel Professionals with Dana Ditto, sourcing manager, Nike

— February 13: Costing & Pricing with Dana Ditto, sourcing manager, Nike (Pre-req: Excel)

— February 20: Sourcing 101 with Dana Ditto, sourcing manager, Nike (Pre-req: Costing & Pricing)

— February 27:  Contracting Basics for Apparel with Owen Schmidt, attorney

— March 6: Working with Production with Jason Calderon, product developer, IVL Collective & West Daily menswear

— March 13: E-commerce Concepts with adidas USA

— March 20: Selling Wholesale with Jena Nesbitt, product strategy director, PCF

— March 27: Social Media Marketing with Rebecca Russell, social media strategist.  Wieden + Kennedy

The series continues 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

– Jessica Caldwell, Machine Apparel & VFC, Denver

– 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 Chrisman of Church & State

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

– Many who now work at Adidas, Bridge & Burn, ColtyPDX, Columbia Sportswear, Danner Boots, Duchess Clothiers, Jantzen/Perry Ellis, Nike, Fred Meyer apparel division, Michael Curry Designs, Wildwood Bespoke, Wieden + Kennedy and several area boutiques and production houses.

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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