NYC Fashion M.A.D.E. (Manufacturers Alliance of Design Educators) supports the teaching of garment manufacturing and technological skills to the fashion community. We provide grants for educational initiatives filling the manufacturing skills gap through classes and workshops.
The organization seeks to accomplish this goal by enhancing the knowledge of existing workers, introducing innovations to the industry and teaching future generations.
In 2015, NYC Fashion M.A.D.E. was established with the support of local fashion companies Elie Tahari and MILLY. Both brands appeared on Project Runway and donated all proceeds from the winning looks to our 501c3.
Erica Wolf, Executive Director of NYC Fashion M.A.D.E.
Erica has over a decade of experience in the NYC fashion industry. She worked with Nanette Lepore on the brand's strategic collaborations and events for retail, manufacturing and entertainment. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Project Runway Allstars, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Kristin Chenoweth, Mayor Bill de Blasio and others.
Erica is an active supporter of New York City’s Garment District and local manufacturing. She became the Executive Director of the trade organization Save The Garment Center and was responsible for fundraising, press and industry education while interacting with US Senators, members of Congress and local government agencies like the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
Erica has garnered national attention for NYC manufacturing and has spoken on panels at MAGIC tradeshow, SXSW and various universities around the country. She was also a creative consultant for the HBO Documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags and is quoted in the book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.
Anthony Lilore, Founding Board Member
Anthony Lilore, is a graduate of the Fashion Design Program at Parsons School of Design, and has a BA in Psychology with an Art History minor from Villanova University.
Apparel Magazine named him a Sustainability All-Star and was among their Top 40 Innovators in the industry in 2011. In 2012 he was chosen by the U.S. Department of State to be the Cultural and Textile Arts Envoy to Thailand for Innovation & Design in American Fashion.
Anthony has worked in Design, Technical and Production capacities for Bill Blass, Perry Ellis, and Club Monaco, as well as the upper echelon of the cosmetic, fragrance and spa industries. With Céleste, his wife, they founded RESTORE™Clothing to blend their vision of social and environmental responsibility with their commitment to producing clothing in NYC.
He is a founding board member of ‘Save the Garment Center’ and NYC Fashion M.A.D.E. which offers educational grants to those in need of industry training. He has been a lecturer, panelist, teacher and juror at FIT, Parsons, Pratt and the California College of the Arts. Anthony is currently manufacturing swimwear, activewear and lingerie domestically and is consulting with a skincare client to bring a more sustainable supply chain to the industry. And there are a few more things that we can’t talk about yet.
Nicole Lau, Founder of Urban Made Project
Nicole Lau specializes in the areas of community development finance and small business growth. For the past four years, she has been an advocate for sustaining and growing the local manufacturing industry.
Nicole is the Founder of Urban Made Project, an online publication that aims to educate and inspire discussions on the need for local manufacturing by telling the stories of the people working in the garment industry. Her love for the garment industry stems from her work with Save the Garment Center, a grassroots organization that brings awareness to local factories and emerging designers, and DG Expo, a multi city fabric and trim show.
In the past, Nicole interned for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and TruFund Financial Services, two national CDFIs, and has worked on policy projects for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) to scale up small businesses and increase local procurement.
Nicole received her B.A. in Urban Studies and M.S. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School in New York City.