Governor Hochul Pronounces $10 Million in Funding for Vogue Innovation Heart Throughout New York Vogue Week

Governor Kathy Hochul as we speak introduced $10 million in State funding for the Vogue Innovation Heart, which is able to promote a collaborative strategy to using New York State-produced good and sustainable textiles. Empire State Growth will spearhead the creation of a consortium-led FIC, which is able to make the most of experience from New York State universities, farms, trend {industry} leaders, and non-profit organizations. The FIC will deal with addressing trend {industry} wants, using New York State-produced crops for fiber supplies, and cultivating know-how that advances sustainability and innovation by means of wearable applied sciences within the trend and textile industries. The FIC may even embody a Sustainable Vogue Innovation Heart Accelerator, targeted on the creation of good and sustainable options that resolve massive scale {industry} issues, create inexperienced jobs, promote state-sourced textiles, and help sustainable trend.

Governor Hochul introduced the brand new FIC throughout New York Vogue Week, which lasts from September 7 by means of September 14. In recognition of the industry-wide occasion, the Governor attended the Coach trend present in New York Metropolis.

“As the style capital of the world, New York is the proper match for cutting-edge options to make this booming {industry} extra modern and extra sustainable,” Governor Hochul mentioned. “The Vogue Innovation Heart will foster collaboration throughout trend, agriculture, and different industries to to scale back our environmental footprint, restrict waste and create alternative throughout New York State.”

Empire State Growth President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight mentioned, “Agriculture is a crucial a part of New York State’s financial system and because the trend {industry} strikes to a extra sustainable future, we should capitalize on the chance to attach the agriculture and trend industries, each very important to the way forward for our State. The brand new Vogue Innovation Heart will make New York State a frontrunner in selling regionally produced sustainable fibers, develop jobs, and assist obtain Governor Hochul’s nation-leading local weather targets.”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball mentioned, “Regionally produced textiles, and the farmers that make them, are an necessary a part of New York agriculture. We’re excited that the Vogue Innovation Heart’s promotion of New York State farmers and producers producing fiber and textiles helps our State financial system and native communities whereas specializing in environmental sustainability – a win-win-win for all.”

Globally, the style and textile {industry} contributes 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse fuel emissions yearly — greater than all worldwide flights and maritime transport mixed. That is as a result of heavy reliance on fossil fuels, decentralized provide chains, and improper finish of life product disposal. New applied sciences and materials processing approaches supply the potential for extra “good” and “sustainable” trend, and New York’s farms at present produce the wanted uncooked supplies, similar to linen, flax, cotton, and hemp that may remodeled into textiles that can be utilized in these purposes on a bigger scale.

Sustainable textiles are the way forward for trend, and New York State is poised to cleared the path within the ecologically accountable manufacturing of those supplies. Good textiles are a cutting-edge {industry} which have purposes for numerous professions, from athletes to first responders and medical professionals.

Empire State Growth’s Division of Science, Know-how and Innovation will challenge a Request for Proposals to pick the consortium, which is able to embody universities, companies, farmers, trend {industry} leaders, and non-profits. The Accelerator, housed inside the FIC, will present house to early-stage corporations engaged on promising developments within the subject, that are sturdy candidates for commercialization and might be challenged with fixing the true problems with {industry} companions.

The FIC will solicit, consider, and oversee initiatives targeted on addressing {industry} challenges and alternatives, with precedence given to these involving the usage of New York State crops and materials inputs, and cultivating know-how that accelerates sustainability within the trend and textile {industry}. Via a aggressive course of, the FIC will present grant funding to New York State small companies within the trend {industry}, providing a important connection between {industry} leaders and innovation and supporting initiatives that goal to enhance {industry} sustainability.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey mentioned, “Sustainable textiles are usually not solely the way forward for trend however the way forward for a burgeoning farm-to-fabric {industry} that small New York fiber farmers are already main. With this thrilling new innovation middle at New York Vogue Week and help for industry-generating laws, like my invoice, The New York Textile Act (S8741A), we will make New York a powerhouse producer of environmentally pleasant textiles to be used in each sector the place material is required. Scaling up New York’s homegrown textile {industry} is a transparent homerun for our financial system and our combat in opposition to the local weather disaster, and I thank Governor Hochul for her partnership in constructing a extra sustainable future.”

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner mentioned, “I’m so happy to see these components of the Textile Act coming to fruition. There may be a lot potential within the fusion of creativity and know-how and the intersection of fiber and trend. New York has the assets for each facet of this venture together with farmers, innovators, and trend infrastructure. I commend Governor Hochul’s institution of the Vogue Innovation Heart.”

Assemblymember Donna Lupardo mentioned, “Now we have labored for a while to raise the potential of NY grown textiles produced from hemp and animal fiber. There’s a actual pleasure concerning the variety of alternatives this {industry} can present, together with an actual want to handle the numerous challenges they’re dealing with. I might wish to thank the Governor, and my colleagues for his or her curiosity and dedication to this new Heart. And particularly to Assemblymember Carrie Woerner who’s a robust proponent of “farm to trend” on our Meeting Agriculture Committee.”

About Empire State Growth

Empire State Growth is New York’s chief financial improvement company. The mission of ESD is to advertise a vigorous and rising financial system, encourage the creation of recent job and financial alternatives, enhance revenues to the State and its municipalities, and obtain secure and diversified native economies. Via the usage of loans, grants, tax credit and different types of monetary help, ESD strives to boost personal enterprise funding and progress to spur job creation and help affluent communities throughout New York State. ESD can also be the first administrative company overseeing the Regional Financial Growth Councils and the advertising of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism model. For extra data on Regional Councils and Empire State Growth, go to and

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