Efforts are underway to further develop the region’s fashion industry cluster by establishing a Seattle Garment District. This district, located in Renton, would help support existing apparel businesses and attract new ones by shortening the supply chain and increasing access to wholesale suppliers.
Organizers of the Seattle Fashion Incubator, who are spearheading this effort, are made up of local fashion industry professionals along with the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. As reported in Apparel magazine, this advisory board will work with the Office of Community and Economic Development on this project.
The region’s fashion design industry is the nation’s fourth largest, behind only New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2010, a report published by Community Attributes and commissioned by the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, Washington State University, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle and King County, examined this cluster. The report showed that the fashion and apparel industry supports a total of 51,700 jobs and $16.4 billion in revenue in Washington, including direct, indirect and induced impacts.
In October, the producers of the nearly twenty-year-old Seattle International Textile Expo will be holding the event in partnership with the City of Renton at the downtown Renton location of the Seattle Fashion Incubator.