PeopleWearSF connects San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California sewn product industry professionals.

We promote innovation in manufacturing and operations and foster industry cohesion. The all-volunteer association maintains an industry directory and instills best practices for its current and future members.

Students teach inmates sewing skills

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

SF State News - April 24, 2015

Five college students enter San Francisco’s County Jail #2 bringing used, cut-up tablecloths, wearing clothing carefully selected to avoid certain colors, only closed-toed shoes, no jewelry. When they leave, the inmates they have taught come away with sewing skills, handmade tote bags and, the SF State group hopes, interest in a new career path.


Student Russell Esmus and Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz are part of a program teaching inmates at a local jail the basics of sewing.

Student Russell Esmus and Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz are part of a program teaching inmates at a local jail the basics of sewing.

For six weeks, San Francisco State University graduate students enrolled in a social entrepreneurship class are teaching female inmates the basics of sewing. This pilot project, organized with the Sheriff’s Department by Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz and Lecturer Gail Baugh, is part of a geometry class offered to inmates that counts toward a high-school equivalency certificate.

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PeopleWearSF Networking Event – Tues June 9, 2015

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

You’ve been asking, and we are now announcing the next…

PeopleWearSF Networking Event
San Francisco State University – Downtown Campus
835 Market St, San Francisco
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
6-8 pm only


Networking Event


Learn about the International Fiber Recycling Symposium, that will be in-progress during the day. This special networking event will give you the opportunity to see:

  • International research in the field of fiber recycling
    Researchers from Sweden, Denmark. UK, Japan, and the US will show their investigations in large poster format
  • Exhibition of the finalists and winners of the international design competition
    Designers from Japan, New Zealand, and the US. utilizing discarded clothing

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5th International Fiber Recycling Symposium coming this June

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

2015 International Fiber Recycling Symposium
Bringing together textile professionals to find solutions for fiber recycling

San Francisco, CA. – March 20, 2015. The International Fiber Recycling Symposium will hold its fifth gathering of textile and fiber industry professionals and academics in San Francisco, CA this coming June 8-10.

This will be the first time the International Fiber Recycling Symposium will be held on the West Coast. There is a growing need to connect interior design and apparel industry leaders and professionals with fiber and textile researchers to create solutions that keeps discarded textiles out of the landfill. Fiber recycling is a concept that is still being introduced in the United States. Over 22 million tons of fiber waste

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Join Susie Breuer in a Free Upcoming Live Workshop Online or In-Person on Diversifying Your Product Line

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Susie CoLab54PeoplewearSF member Susie Breuer is offering online seminars and workshops for fashion entrepreneurs. Her upcoming workshop is particularly unique in that it allows participants to join the experience in a variety of ways. Her two-day workshop “Diversifying Your Product Line” will be available for free live streaming on May 12-13.  As bay area residents, you can also join in on the live class.

Susie describes live class participation as having several benefits: “being able to ask questions and to brainstorm as a group to find solutions to development and planning challenges. I like to be as collaborative as possible when I work or teach so that the class or team can find solutions together. There are always new problems to solve; that’s the fun of the industry.”  The live class will also offer an opportunity to meet with like-minded creatives.

Should you miss the chance to be in the live studio audience, or watch the free live streaming of the workshop, you can purchase an on-demand recording of the workshop.

“Diversifying Your Product Line” will cover the following topics:

  • Researching the market to understand both price and your customers.
  • Building a concept and action plan for starting out
  • Managing multiple product lines
  • Sourcing raw materials and manufacturers

Logo2-Co-Lab54_60px-2In addition to online seminars and workshops, Susie has a consultancy company called her Co-Lab54 where she works one-on-one with designers and brands. She offers a wide range of assistance, from a brainstorming session, to working hands-on for a 9 months project.

Coming in the future, Susie will be offering additional online assistance for fashion entrepreneurs with a series of templates and development documents, along with general industry resources. For now though, her priority is to make her online workshops as dynamic as possible.  Look out for a future seminar on how new business models can rival the traditional wholesale and retail philosophies.

To learn more about Susie, her workshop, and Co-Lab54:

Blue is the New Black: The 10 Step Guide to Developing and Producing a Fashion Collection (book authored by Susie)

“Diversifying Your Product Line” Workshop



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New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Trend Presentation at FiSF

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog, Featured Articles | Comments Off


FiSF_logoNew York Fashion Week Fall 2015

Photo Credit: Alexander Wang, Billy Reid

Photo Credit: Alexander Wang, Billy Reid

Join “Project Runway” designer Alexandria von Bromssen and San Francisco Chronicle Style correspondent Tony Bravo as they give you a behind the scenes look at the most significant trends for fall 2015 that emerged at NYFW and offer their thoughts on the best and worst of the collections.

WHEN:  Thursday, March 12, 2015 / 6:30-9 p.m.
WHERE:  FiSF – 50 O’Farrell between Stockton and Grant,  7th Floor
COST:  $25 General admission; $10 students/interns

Purchase your tickets now!

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