Louisville Bespoke, a fashion hub to facilitate collaboration among local fashion designers, makers, entrepreneurs and artists, will open a multi-use space in the historic Hope Worsted Mills Co. building on Kentucky Street on Friday, June 2nd. The Louisville Small Business Development Center in partnership with Louisville Forward, the business development arm of metro government, will co-host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the open area of the Hope Mills building located at 1000 Swan Street. Mayor Greg Fischer will attend as well as other Louisville Forward and Louisville SBDC staff that worked with owner and organizer, Yamilca Rodriguez, to bring her creative dream to fruition.
The term bespoke refers to custom or made to order. Founder Rodriguez created Louisville Bespoke to raise awareness and activity within Louisville’s fashion community. “My vision for Louisville Bespoke,” Rodriguez said recently, “is to provide studio and classroom space with sewing machines, worktables, and other tools that allow designers, artists, and entrepreneurs to collaborate and share ideas.” The former Proctor and Gamble executive then went on to say:
“A community creates a fashion mecca with collaboration between members of the community, artists, designers and dreamers and even local government. Louisville is a modern city that welcomes diversity, creative talent, and fashion.”
Louisville Bespoke will also offer classes as well as events throughout the year. For more details, go to www.louisvillebespoke.com.
The Louisville SBDC is one of 12 centers within the KSBDC network and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the University of Kentucky, Greater Louisville Inc. and Louisville Metro government. In addition to our core service offerings of consulting, training, and business research, specialized services are also available for qualified Kentucky businesses looking to accelerate market growth.