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Community Highlights: Meet Angela Johnson of FABRIC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Johnson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
After working in LA’s industry as a Production Manager, Designer, and brand owner in the 1990’s, I moved back to Phoenix in the early 2000’s to be with family. Without manufacturing resources in Arizona, I made the decision to close my brand and help support emerging apparel entrepreneurs with consulting and resources instead.

After two decades of building a fashion community, mentoring, consulting and teaching emerging designers how to manage the complex design development and manufacturing process, my co-founder Sherri Barry and I decided to create a solution for Arizona apparel entrepreneurs that is now attracting apparel entrepreneurs/brands nationwide called FABRIC…the Fashion And Business Resource Innovation Center.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Creating an industry is not easy, but I didn’t expect it to be. I’m not afraid to put in the work and I’ve never let a challenge get the best of me. Almost every day we face a seemingly insurmountable challenge, but have managed to navigate these challenges and turn them into learning experiences that have helped make the next challenge easier to handle. Financial challenges have always been the biggest challenge. It takes money to make money has proven to be a very accurate statement. We managed to overcome a lot of financial challenges by coming up with creative solutions and with a lot of hard work.

Creating a fashion incubator that supports an entire industry is costly. We created a unique model that has helped us generate the necessary income needed to support the incubator’s programs and services. Our business model includes an event space which is our income generator. The income earned from renting this space out is what we use to provide free and discounted programs and services to apparel entrepreneurs and brands so that they can grow their businesses more affordably.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about FABRIC?
We’re democratizing fashion!

FABRIC is a non-profit fashion incubator, business accelerator, design studio, academy, and manufacturer that is sustainably disrupting, redefining and reshoring the fashion industry for the modern apparel entrepreneur.

We provide guidance, no-minimum manufacturing, business resources, product development, education, studio space, events and more, to apparel entrepreneurs. FABRIC is a one-stop-shop for fashion brands, that was created by experienced apparel entrepreneurs, who wanted to make manufacturing, and owning a brand, more accessible, and less challenging, for others.

Our signature service is a roadmap that provides access to no-minimum manufacturing, and digitally guides inexperienced apparel entrepreneurs/brands through business startup, branding, product development, manufacturing, and marketing.

We’ve helped over 700 apparel entrepreneurs/brands since 2016 and have provided over $5 Million dollars in “giveback” to the community.

What matters most to you? Why?
Helping others matters most to me and is the most rewarding part of life.

I enjoy teaching and guiding inexperienced/new apparel entrepreneurs and sharing my experience and skills with them to help them fulfill their fashion dreams.

We chose to make FABRIC a non-profit so that we could help even more entrepreneurs by providing many services for free or at a discount to make starting a brand more affordable. It is an amazing feeling to watch someone fulfill their dreams and to have been a part of their story.

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Image Credits
Jenny Kaufman (XPosed Capture)
Ryan Walsh Photography
Shane Baker Studios

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