Press Release: AZ Fashion Source/LabelHorde/AZ Apparel Foundation Launch

Arizona Fashion Source, LLC | LabelHorde, LLC | Arizona Apparel Foundation 310 N. Val Vista Dr., #103, Mesa, AZ | | |
Contact: Angela Johnson Phone: 602-481-1032 Email:
ARIZONA: THE NEXT FASHION INDUSTRY STATEThree fashion entities collaborate to create the next U.S. fashion city in metropolitan Phoenix
Mesa, Arizona June 22, 2016 – Arizona Fashion Source, LabelHorde, and Arizona Apparel Foundation have joined forces to create the next U.S. fashion city in metropolitan Phoenix. Together the entities will provide fashion industry education, consulting, design services, apparel manufacturing, co-working, fashion makers’ studio, event space, incubator services, design studio supplies, and showroom space under one roof. The goal is to create a fashion industry environment in one building to make it easier for Arizona students, brands and fashion lovers to learn, source, create, network and ultimately stay in Arizona.
Arizona’s fashion designers/brands and students graduating from the many local fashion programs have had to seek resources and employment in fashion cities such as Los Angeles and New York. However, the growing trend in locally and domestically made products combined with the reshoring movement and the convenience of digital marketing has inspired a new generation of fashion brands to establish their businesses outside of traditional fashion industry cities. These brands are then faced with the obstacle of sourcing the materials and manufacturing services they need. AFS/LH/AAF is dedicated to helping local brands navigate these obstacles by providing solutions and the resources they need to start up, grow and thrive in Arizona. The ultimate goal is to keep local brands from having to source their manufacturing outside of the state, while attracting out-of-state brands looking for resource alternatives. Producing apparel locally keeps money in the state while creating jobs and bringing in a new, creative, sustainable and in-demand industry.
AFS/LH/AAFis Arizona’s first and most comprehensive resource for independent fashion companies that connects them to each other, to the community and to all of the fashion related services that they need to operate and grow their businesses.
AFS/LH/AAF is temporarily located in Mesa, but will be moving in August 2016 to a 20,000+ sq. ft. building provided by an Arizona city that recognizes the vision of scaffolding an Arizona fashion industry. More details will be released soon.
ARIZONA FASHION SOURCE is an apparel manufacturer that uses sustainable and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to create samples and production runs with no minimums. AFS manufactures heavy and light weight knits and wovens on industrial sewing equipment and the latest CAD programs.
LABELHORDE is a category-driven directory of fashion businesses enabling users to easily locate local emerging and established designers, boutiques, manufacturers, photographers, models, stylists, industry supplies, fashion schools and all things fashion related in Arizona. also features a Fashion Classifieds page for local fashion jobs, a Fashion Calendar that lists all local and important national fashion events, lessons/classes, consulting and design studio resources that designers need to start and run their businesses.
ARIZONA APPAREL FOUNDATION is an Arizona non-profit corporation applying for 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation’s mission is to provide the knowledge and resources needed to foster Arizona’s fashion industry. Its vision is to create the next U.S. fashion city in metropolitan Phoenix, to support cutting edge research and innovation in wearable tech and to build a sustainable and exciting new industry in Arizona.