Our Business classes offer you the chance to learn directly from people who are not only leaders in the world of apparel, but are excited to share their knowledge. Whether its learning a needed application or getting prepared for the challenges of taking your product to market – our business classes provide a solid foundation on which to build your career.

CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED: Apparel Designer — Apparel Technical Developer — Apparel Entrepreneur

With our three certificate programs you can feed your passion and learn from professionals working in the industry. Gain the insights and knowledge that will help you snag the perfect job! Learn more >>



PFI students have gone on to success in apparel.  They include:

– Alicia Wood, Keen and Ms Wood Kimonos

– Annie Cattabriga-Alosa, Divinia

— Britt Howard, Portland Garment Factory

– Caitlin McCall, Quick Study Clothing

– Celeste Sipes, Radish Underground

– Claire Doody, Copper Union

— Dawn Moothart and Heather Treadway, Portland Apparel Lab

— Diemut Bodenstein, Portland Opera

– Ellen Hsu, Vintalier

– Erich Treeby and Erin Lindholm, Duchess Clothier

– Heidi Bergin, Adelheid Bergin

– Jessica Caldwell, Machine Apparel

– Joan Vardanega & Cayenne Adler, Michael Curry/Portland Opera

– Karen Chow and Claudia Relyea, Jade Nomad

— Karen Davis, Moulagerie

– Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse

— Maia Burt, Nike Swim

– Mark McGinnis, Adidas and The Incorporated

– Serena Skaates, Columbia Sportswear

– Stephanie Mai, Stephanie Mai Couture

– Tiffany Bean, Mabel & Zora

Other students include:

– Amanda Needham, stylist for Portlandia

– 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 , Brady Lange, 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!