ONE OF A KIND INCUBATOR

You bring the vision. We bring the tools.

The Runway, Michigan's premier Fashion Incubator, provides designers with the resources and guidance they need to successfully scale their brand. We provide access to the experts and tools needed to build a solid foundation for your business to grow and achieve long-term success.

We are actively seeking designers of all types to join.

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DESIGNER IN RESIDENCE


The Runway’s Designer-In-Residence membership has been created to provide a robust platform to assist fashion designers and related businesses with a wide array of services, equipment and consultation, with the intent to help build a solid business. This program was developed with the assistance of fashion industry experts, university faculty and business leaders, to provide the best practices and resources for our Designers-In-Residence (DIR).

  • OFFICE SPACE
    • Private office space with furniture
    • Wireless internet
    • 24/7 access to facility
    • Mailing address at facility
    • Shared work space with industry equipment, software and technology
    • Access to consultation room for client meetings, presentations and fitting
    • Access to host events at our facility
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
    • Access to assistance with business and marketing plan development (in partnership with SBDC)
    • Legal guidance and business formulation (in partnership with Foster Swift Law Firm)
    • Access to fashion industry experts for guidance and mentoring
    • Seminars and workshops at facility
    • Access to network of business funding and financing opportunities
  • MARKETING
    • Access to branding support professionals
    • Access to website experts
    • Press and media opportunities
    • Promotion through The Runway’s social media sites
    • Business information featured on The Runway’s website
  • MANUFACTURING

    Access to:

    • Assistance in sourcing fabric and materials
    • Assistance in product line development
    • Assistance in seeking qualified manufacturers for producing product line

ASSOCIATE DESIGNER


The Associate Designer Program is a cost effective program that allows fashion design entrepreneurs the ability to access select resources and equipment provided by The Runway incubator to help develop their fashion-related business.

  • CO-WORKING SPACE
    • Wireless internet
    • Mailing address at facility
    • Access to consultation room for client meetings, presentations and fitting
    • Access to host events at our facility
    • 24/7 access to facility (Level II)
    • Shared work space with industry equipment, software and technology (Level II)
  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
    • Access to assistance with business and marketing plan development
    • Legal guidance and business formulation
    • Access to fashion industry experts for guidance and mentoring
    • Seminars and workshops at facility
    • Access to network of business funding and financing opportunities
  • MARKETING
    • Access to branding support professionals
    • Access to website experts
    • Press and media opportunities
    • Promotion through The Runway’s social media sites
    • Business information featured on The Runway’s website
  • MANUFACTURING

    Access to:

    • Assistance in sourcing fabric and materials
    • Assistance in product line development
    • Assistance in seeking qualified manufacturers for producing product line

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