The BF+DA is a new initiative launched by Pratt Institute that provides designers with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful businesses. With over $2,000,000 in initial funding pledged by Pratt Institute, the State of New York, New York City, and the borough of Brooklyn, the BF+DA brings high-potential fashion designers, industrial designers and technologists together under one roof.
Located between Bed-Stuy and South Williamsburg, the BF+DA provides over 21,000 square feet of 21st century production and work space where NYC designers/makers grow their start-ups into viable businesses, integrating local manufacturing and an ethical supply chain into their bottom line.
The BF+DA is a hub for ethical fashion and design. The BF+DA provides its Venture Fellows and Members access to on-site business mentorship, small-run apparel production, no minimum knitting services, digital fabrication services, showroom space and retail sites. The BF+DA offers sustainable strategies consulting, materials sourcing and links to existing NYC manufacturers.
The BF+DA Research Fellows explore production, materiality and wearable technology, connecting technology to a 21st century vision that seeks to redefine the fashion industry. The BF+DA provides educational programs and hosts inspiring and provocative events. The BF+DA coordinates sponsored industry projects and strategic partnerships that will ensure the success of our vision.
About the Pratt Design Incubator
The Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation was established in 2002, and provides an affordable, collaborative working environment where talented design entrepreneurs can transform their ideas into viable businesses. To date, the Incubator has helped launch over 35 businesses that bring in over $20 million of sales revenue each year. With the expansion of the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, the Pratt Design Incubator has relocated to the Pratt campus to serve its entrepreneurial students.
About Pratt Institute
As one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business, New York City provides Pratt students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the Pratt campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
With a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, a creative hub in the midst of a renaissance, and another campus in Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and culture. The Institute’s campus in the historic Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is adjacent to the emerging Brooklyn Tech Triangle, a nexus for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Pratt’s programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country, and its faculty and alumni include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields. Its interdisciplinary curriculum promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking, and provides students with unparalleled training facilities.
Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in the cultural hub of New York City with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with esteemed professors and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.