Custom Collaborative is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch sustainable fashion careers and businesses.
CC supports women from low-income and immigrant communities create and sell high-quality and sustainably sourced accessories and garments, enabling them to support themselves and to meet other women’s need for clothing that actually fits their bodies.
Custom Collaborative envisions a global women’s apparel industry in which garment makers are fairly compensated for their labor and consumers have access to well-made, sustainably sourced clothes that fit and affirm all bodies.
Our mission is to serve women from low-income and immigrant communities with training and ongoing supports that equip them to achieve viable livelihoods in the women’s fashion industry as designers, fashion entrepreneurs, pattern makers, and seamstresses who create and sell high-quality clothing and accessories.
We aim to achieve our mission of changing the apparel industry economics for low-income and immigrant women by: