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Introducing Saint Louis Fashion Fund

Saint Louis Fashion Fund is a new non-profit, led by a 32-member Board of Directors, which includes leaders in culture, fashion, higher education, law and business. The Fund will support the activities of Saint Louis Fashion Week, now in its 11th year, while also bringing valuable projects and education to theSt. Louis Community throughout the year – industry panels, professional support for local designers, and fundraising activities to support future programs as well as the debut of a Fashion Incubator, housed in the former Garment District, which will open in late 2016.

a brief background

Late 19th centurty – end of WWII
Second only to New York, St. Louis’ Washington Avenue was a prosperous canyon of architecturally beautiful buildings housing shoes, clothing and fashion manufacturers. Such brands included Knickerbocker, Bee Hat, Fashion Square, Kitty Kay Gloves, and International Shoe

Late 1980’s
The last of the factories moved out and residential lofts, galleries, nightclubs and other attractions moved in.