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Fashion designer plans 200 mile run to revive Baltimore's garment industry

Fashion designer plans 200 mile run to revive Baltimore's garment industry
Posted at 12:11 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 17:19:25-05

BALTIMORE — Local fashion designer Stacy Stube will begin a 200 mile run around Baltimore on Saturday.

It's an effort to raise money to help revive the city's garment industry.

"The run will span seven to eight days, which averages about 30 miles a day," said Stube. "I will start in Federal Hill, go to Canton then back then to Fort McHenry then back and then Canton and back to Fed Federal Hill. It’s a tremendous feat."

Stube is the designer behind the Elsa Fitzgerald dress brand.

The Pigtown native has spearheaded various efforts to create a new thriving hub of fashion-oriented businesses in Baltimore.

Her latest project will take over space inside an abandoned garment factory at 1100 Wicomico Street.

The SEW BROMO - Fashion Innovation Hub will support startups by providing education and small-batch production support.

"We need those specialized skills and individuals in one place so all of that can come together," said Stube. "We want to try to beta test new products and bring innovation and new business."

Stube hopes the space can serve as a small factory operation, where local and global fashion entrepreneurs can learn about garment manufacturing from the digital space.

Stube's focus will be on small businesses which she believes is lacking in the garment industry, with the ultimate goal of growing a new generation of fashion businesses.

Stube is turning to crowdfunding to raise the money needed. She has launched a campaign on GoFundMe with a goal of $100,000.

"The money raised will cover rent for the six-month term, all the materials, all the machines that we need to be able to do school and the factory at the same time," she said.

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