Supporting the Growth of San Francisco’s Fashion Design and Apparel Manufacturing Industry


In October 2011, Mayor Edwin M. Lee launched FashionSF - a new economic initiative focused on supporting the retention and growth of San Francisco’s apparel manufacturers and fashion designers. The goal of FashionSF is to support the expansion of existing designers and manufacturers in the apparel and accessory sector and facilitate and support new company startup and growth.


Fashion Sector Assistance

City Liaison: Specialized assistance in navigating city government including permitting and zoning questions and assistance, single point of contact at the city to coordinate services to meet the needs of both designers and manufacturing communities.

Workforce Services: Assistance with employee recruitment, subsidized job training for new hires and skills upgrading, employee bonding and retention services. San Francisco provides customized hiring and employee training services to companies including financial assistance for training programs and recruitment assistance for pre-screening potential employees.

Real Estate: Site selection, relocation and expansion assistance of factories with guidance towards areas which are zoned and appropriate for design and manufacturing.

Business Development: Access to an extensive network of business resources and referrals, focused to the needs of the individual business, as well as training and education referrals suited to the design and manufacturing communities.


Non-Profit Partners

Fashion Incubator of San Francisco
FiSF is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) incubator committed to turning fashion apparel designers into successful San Francisco entrepreneurs and employers. The Fashion Incubator supports talented designers with education, mentoring, as well as providing innovators with workspace and hands-on experience.

SFMade is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco. It is the only organization of its kind focused on building San Francisco’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector. SFMade is help make the critical linkage between San Francisco sewing factories and designers among other valuable business services.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center  Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is a recognized leader in delivering end-to-end English and Spanish language entrepreneurship and empowerment training and education. Renaissance proudly works with emerging entrepreneurs in the fashion sector, helping them build the foundational skills and access opportunities to launch and grow San Francisco based businesses.  Each spring, Renaissance hosts a 6-part fashion series covering prototyping, pricing, manufacturing, selling, retailing, and leasing.  Last year alone we supported 55 fashion entrepreneurs with training, consulting, networks, and access to capital.



CA Labor brochure for garment manufacturers

More information on California state laws and policys from Department of Industrial Relations   



If you are you a fashion designer or apparel factory needing assistance or interested in learning more about FashionSF, please contact Susan Ma, or at 415-554-6648.