Founders of FFA Hannah Stoudemire and Ali Richmond. Image Credit: Man Repeller
Written by Mariana Aguilera
This is the real deal—a young organization but marking a strong influence within the fashion industry rapidly for people of color. They are called Fashion For All(FFA). A non-for-profit organization based in Brooklyn, New York and whose mission is to promote equality and inclusion through educating and preparing people of color looking to enter the fashion industry and further advancing those established.
First, The Masterminds
The founders of FFA are Hannah Stoudemire and Ali Richmond. They both have a long trajectory of experience in the fashion industry and have combined their energies, experiences, and struggles as people color to form a more diverse fashion world with the aim to result in unity.
First Step to Break Into Fashion
Yes, a passion for fashion is needed, but also education and preparation are essential keys as mentioned by the founders of FFA. They currently offer an annual intensive student Summer program in New York that runs 8 weeks for people in the age range of 12-25yrs—ideal for high school and college graduates and are also looking into the development of a fellowship program for more experienced people of color in the fashion industry. The aim of the Summer program is to prepare the students with the tools needed to compete at a professional level within the fashion industry. The program meets weekly and activities include but not limited to creating a professional portfolio, learning all aspects of the design development such as technical design, gaining knowledge in fashion history, visiting recognized fashion brand offices and showrooms, knowing the business side of fashion, and hearing from important people in the industry.
Then, What’s Next?
FFA is walking the talk! They don’t stop at preparing and educating you. The FFA goes home run with the aim to help you put your foot in the door by aiding with internship and job placement. They also offer on-going events featuring high-profile fashion industry people and creating conversation around the topic of inclusion.
Sign-up for their 2019 Intensive Student Summer Program and learn more about the FFA at www.fashionforallnyc.org.