Detroit Garment Group Guild is accepting applications for its Designer in Residence program


It's no big secret that the fashion industry in Detroit is a touch scattered and smaller than some folks would like it to be. Sure, we have a few power players like Joe Faris and Fotoula Lambros, but overall, fashion flies under the radar here. But Karen Buscemi, former editor of the now defunct StyleLine magazine, is looking to bolster the small community by offering programs through the nonprofit she started a few years ago, the Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3). 

The DG3 is now looking to attract local up-and-coming designers to their Designer in Residence program. The "fashion incubator" will offer designers access to legal guidance, branding support, public relations, sales support, and assistance in product line development and the creation of a tech pack. 

The residents will also get a private studio space, a desk, chair, filing cabinet, and other office amenities. 

The DG3 plans to accept 12 designers into the program for a one-year term. Applicants are asked to fill our the on-line form here by April 30, 2015 for consideration. According to the site, any existing or aspiring designer can apply, but drive is a must. 

The program hopes to help keep Michigan talent in Michigan. 

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