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FABRIC Tempe: A New Beginning

Press release from the issuing company

FABRIC founders Sherri Barry and Angela Johnson have simplified FABRIC’s operating model as part of their mission to support Arizona’s apparel entrepreneurs with resources and no-minimum manufacturing.

FABRIC Tempe will now be a new sole entity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides the same signature industry resources that have empowered 600+ fashion brands and generated $3M+ in “community giveback” funds to the City of Tempe over the past four years.

It’s the FABRIC you know and love, but “cut from a new cloth.” FABRIC Tempe builds on the founders’ award-winning work to directly support small businesses with needed resources, and expands to provide new and exciting offerings that help apparel entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life - and their business to Tempe.

The decision to establish FABRIC as a nonprofit comes following the Arizona Apparel Foundation’s decision to pivot its model and focus on supporting apparel circularity, material innovation and economic development.

By simplifying FABRIC’s unique model into a 501(c)(3), Barry and Johnson are ensuring that the dreams of Arizona’s apparel entrepreneurs will always be supported.

We are thrilled to share this news with you, our closest friends and supporters. We have big plans in store for 2021, some of which include:

  • A new website launching in January.
  • New technology offerings, including 3D CAD.
  • A first-of-its-kind Digital Assistant that will ease the burden of starting a new apparel business.
  • A new program exclusively supporting at least 40 minority and underserved apparel businesses per year with free access to the Digital Assistant resources.

Thank you for your past support of FABRIC. We are so grateful for each of you, and excited for what 2021 has in store for Arizona’s apparel entrepreneurs!


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