In the first part of the two-year program, designers selected for the incubator get an intensive eight-month business finance and marketing education as part of the ICD’s partnership with Los Angeles Trade Tech and LA Mart. Because the designers have established businesses, their brands also act as a case study project for the students, who work with the designers to develop business plans that include e-commerce and finance strategies.
Throughout their residency, industry executives are assigned to incubator fellows as mentors to help them identify personal challenges and guide them in developing their businesses.
The ICD elevates designers’ business operations while in the incubator in addition to fostering their creativity to continue developing their lines. Through partnerships, designers are granted allowances for travel and funding for business projects.
The ICD helps start, connect, grow and scale early stage fashion ventures.
At ICD we work closely with designers and fashion entrepreneurs to help them master the skills needed to maintain creativity and manage a successful fashion business.
The ICD provides individual workspace, showrooms, production support, fashion business mentoring and a range of master classes and workshops.