Austin Fashion Initiative

The Austin Fashion Initiative (AFI) was founded in April 2017 to support and promote the fashion industry in Austin, Texas. Leveraging the unique assets of the ATX startup and creative economy, the Austin Fashion Initiative brings together fashion industry professionals and stakeholders throughout the supply chain and product development lifecycle to develop an engaged network, create infrastructure, and address entrepreneurial challenges through opportunity identification and generation.

Austin, Texas is home to a growing collection of emerging designers, two of the top ten venture-backed fashion start-ups (Outdoor Voices & Kendra Scott), and the fourth largest fashion week in the US (Fashion X Austin). Yet the idea of an Austin Fashion Industry stills seems elusive.

AFI works to integrate across the broad ecosystem of the fashion and creative industries to establish and promote Austin-based fashion related businesses locally, nationally and internationally.

Through a series of meet-up events; the creation of a formal network of experts, mentors, advisors and investors; and cross-industry collaboration, the Austin Fashion Initiative assists in establishing Austin, Texas as a destination for fashion design, production and distribution.

The meet-up events bring together professionals across specializations and industries who are interested in leveraging opportunities for fashion in Austin. Events are open to designers, PR and sales agents, retailers and buyers, mentors and consultants, production and sourcing experts, manufacturers, venture capitalists, software developers, entrepreneurs and other professionals interested in discovering and creating new opportunities for growth throughout the fashion supply chain. AFI meet-ups provide opportunities for networking, panel discussions and formal presentations by top professionals and innovators in the local fashion economy.

The formal network of experts, provides entrepreneurs and local fashion-related businesses with access to resources for sourcing, manufacturing, sales, promotion, investment, and business development consulting. The network serves as a formal advisory board for the growth and development of fashion-related businesses, and the design and implementation of industry infrastructure. Admission to AFI’s Advisory Committee is by invitation and referral.

Finally, cross-industry collaboration encourages innovation through the development of new technology, manufacturing practices, distribution channels, software and platform creation, and entrepreneurial opportunities. As a creative industries hub featuring exquisite film, music, tech, performing & contemporary arts, architecture, design, fitness, and communication industries, Austin, Texas understands the importance of lifestyle, and is in a unique position to establish and amplify a signature Austin Aesthetic. The Austin Fashion Initiative serves as an agency for the development of special projects, campaigns and public-private partnerships.

Whether you are an artisan designer, a small business retailer, a local manufacturer, a freelance creative or an entrepreneurial enterprise destined for scale, the Austin Fashion Initiative seeks to support and nurture you in the pursuit of your goals. It’s time Austin took its place in the global fashion economy. Sign up now to join the initiative and put Austin fashion on the map.


Austin Fashion Initiative, a series of JES Millspaugh LLC.