Recommended resources for apparel development


Pattern Making

The Chicago Pattern Maker
Athletic wear, ready to wear, digital patterns

OnPoint Patterns
Digitizing, grading, marker making

Suite Creative Studio
Intimates, activewear, sleepwear

Nana Okazaki Plotkin
Menswear, childrenswear, accessories


W&W Associates, Inc
Labels, trims, woven elastic, hang tags, zipper pulls

Fine Fabric Sales
Rep of material lines including: silk, leather, wool, cotton, embroideries, velvet, brocades, linens, laces, cotton blends, shirting, lining, formal, bridal, trims, interlining, and more

The Sourcing District
Rep of material lines including: performance fabrics, knits, prints, linen, gauze, cotton, formal, bridal, velvet, corduroy, suede, interlining, canvas, twill, bindings, elastic, trims and more

Professional Organizations

FGI Chicago
The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

AIBI Chicago
The Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI), a 501©6, is a delegate agency of the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development and is the only official organization in Illinois specifically dedicated to the needs of the sewn products industry. AIBI is comprised of the major players in Greater Chicago whose careers and business expertise span all facets of the industry including design, manufacturing, merchandising, sales, retail, marketing and finance. AIBI is here to nurture and support designers based in Greater Chicago and is constantly developing new programs to better serve and promote the industry as a whole.