St. Louis Fashion Fund is working to bring the fashion industry back to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The non-profit St. Louis Fashion Fund is working to bring the fashion industry back to St. Louis.

This project begins with six designers participating in the St. Louis fashion incubator.

More specifically the incubator will be on Washington Avenue, because that area used to be a powerhouse in garment manufacturing.

According to the St. Louis Fashion Fund, in the mid 1900's St. Louis was second to New York City when it came the city 'to be' for garment manufacturing. Washington Avenue was known as Shoe Street USA, but around World War II all of that changed.

Now the St. Louis Fashion Fund is hoping to bring Washington Avenue back in style with the St. Louis fashion incubator.

A panel of judges chose six designers to live in St. Louis and work on Washington Avenue for two years.

According to the Fashion Fund, through the incubator they will learn financial literacy, how to build a business plan and what they need to take their business to the next level.

The program will start in January. The incubator is located at 1533 Washington Avenue and they invite the public to stop in any time.