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Industry Expansion and Opportunity in the #3 City in Fashion Designers

COLUMBUS, OHIO - March 19, 2019 -- The Columbus Fashion Council (CFC) initiated under the bylaws of the 501(c)(3) CMH Fashion Week Inc., is a joint effort between regional municipalities, fashion organizations, and other business stakeholders and will oversee fashion related programs like Fashion Week Columbus (FWC), Fashion Sister City Program, Fashion Awards Ball (FAB), Philanthropy Meets Fashion, along with partnered programs such as Cbus Retail Summit, Easton Fashion Night, Buyer & Press Meet, and other partnered fashion related programs. FWC’s volunteer working board, which consists of industry professionals from LBrands, Abercrombie & Fitch, Columbus College of Art & Design, Radio One, WBNS 10TV, Martini Media, and others will now serve as the board of directors (and founding members) of the Columbus Fashion Council.

CFC will offer various memberships to individuals, independent designers, businesses, and schools to obtain industry information as well as access to special rates on fashion events, trade shows, marketplaces, and more. The CFC website will feature a career development platform through mentorship and internship opportunities for corporations to highlight and recruit new talent.

The CFC, like FWC, plans to continue to raise funds and awareness for fashion related programs with the strategic plan to create opportunities through:

  • Small quantity apparel manufacturing

  • Product Testing and Industry standard practices

  • Elevating all fashion related programs within the region and more by allocating support and resources

  • Cultivating an international economic presence through the Fashion Sister City Program* working with emerging fashion cities like Las Vegas, Dallas, Naples, Dubai, Vancouver, and more.

  • Offering grants to fashion organizations and fashion related projects

“With a strong background in the industry on the development, manufacturing, and production as well as merchandising, I am looking forward to building this invaluable platform for designers, brands, and interested stakeholders,” says Lubna Najjar, Board President & Founding Member.

“The Columbus Fashion Council has been ten years in the making through the hard work put forth by Fashion Week Columbus and all those involved over the years, setting the scene to create an organization that brings together Columbus’ fashion organizations and initiatives, partners with other emerging fashion cities, and develops additional programs to continue to build Central Ohio’s fashion industry and community,” says Thomas McClure, Executive Director & Founder.

About Columbus Fashion Council

Featuring industry news, career bulletin board, member highlights, best practices in textile, design, & production, CFC will also foster ongoing programs with other fashion organizations and business leadership within the industry to build the garment and fashion district in Central Ohio. -

About Fashion Week Columbus

Fashion Week Columbus furthers the organization’s mission to provide scholarships to fashion design students while also providing a platform for local fashion designers by executing a full week of fashion shows, fashion events, and partnered programs. Since 2010, FWC has provided over $25,000 in scholarship money to fashion design students, has executed over 100 fashion shows, and has positively impacted 100+ designers, 1000+ models, 600+ volunteers. -

thomas mcclure