Pratt Institute Shutters Innovative Eco Enterprise
After five years of experimentation and leadership in sustainable fashion practices, research, and entrepreneurship, the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) will shut its doors on June 30th.
“The BF+DA has taught us so much through its research,” Anita Cooney, Pratt Institute’s Dean of the School of Design reflected, “and we are excited to bring that work and its hi-tech operations into our school to be incorporated into our programs in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design.”
Founded in 2013, the BF+DA provided a space for a community of entrepreneurs, industry professionals and innovators to come together with the intent of making positive change in the fashion industry.
Highlights include: Launching 37 businesses; supporting 40 researchers; and welcoming over 18,000 people into the space to learn, think and act on sustainability through events and classes. The BF+DA Production Lab provided apparel manufacturing to brands throughout New York City looking to integrate sustainable strategies and supply chains into their products. A recent initiative, the TEK-TILES Project, focused on functional garments and experimental textiles that used technology to promote health and well-being.
“The BF+DA has benefited from the efforts of amazingly talented people who believe in our vision to redefine the apparel industry. Each has helped to build a remarkable place that will leave an indelible mark of hope for our future,” says Founder and Executive Director, Debera Johnson.