Seattle Fashion Industry Unites for Built in Seattle™ Project

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Local Garment Trade Joins Forces for Built in Seattle™ Project

Through collaboration the vision of a Garment District in Seattle is real.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seattle, WA MARCH 11- Built for Man Founder and Creative Director Francisco Hernandez has made a conscious decision to keep his seven year old label headquartered in Seattle. For the signature piece of their Fall / Winter 2014 collection the seven year old label wanted to have the piece Built in Seattle™. That’s when Mr. Hernandez reached out to friend, and industry advocate Steven Paul Matsumoto, founder of Stigmare Couture Marketing.

“I have been invited to LA and to Vancouver to showcase my collection there but I choose to showcase right here at home,” says Francisco Hernandez. “This is very hard work, but I do this because I believe in Seattle and I believe we can make it here just as we could in LA and NYC.”

Mr. Matsumoto has been on a mission to establish a Garment District in the region for over three years by focusing on cultivating the supply chain, and manufacturing resources needed to keep labels like Built for Man in the region. With Mr. Matsumoto’s help Built for Man was connected to Columbia City apparel manufacture Tasty Tiger. Tasty Tiger, a woman owned business, opened up their production facility to Built for Man’s product development team during their off hours giving them access to specialty equipment they would have otherwise had to spend thousands of dollars to purchase themselves.

The goal of the Built in Seattle™ project is to showcase that Seattle has the resources and talent to be a global player in the apparel industry in more than just the outerwear and technical apparel categories. Seattle also has a place as a leader in domestic manufacturing and design while creating living wage jobs in the process.

To preview Built for Man’s Fall / Winter 2014 collection you can register for their March 19th The Man of The Future fashion show HERE. You can also find Built for Man at David Lawrence at The Bravern in Bellevue. You can also visit

For more information, or to secure press credentials for the event please contact:

Steven Paul Matsumoto
Stigmare, Inc.

About Built for Man

Built for Man is a small, fashion-forward company based in the Pacific Northwest. Let us introduce you to our collection of fashionable apparel that complements and enhances your personal style. Filled with light yet modern pieces made of natural fibers, our collection is designed specifically to provide you with the most comfortable layering items for this and every season.

About Tasty Tiger

Tasty Tiger is a Woman-Owned small business based in Seattle’s historic Columbia City neighborhood. Tasty Tiger has been producing quality spandex and slinky knit products since 1997. We take pride in each and every product that leaves our production facility and are constantly innovating to create our next line of fashions that leave people feeling fulfilled and expressed in their lives.

About Stigmare Couture Marketing

Stigmare is a Veteran owned, full-service marketing and business consulting firm to the textile and apparel industries headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Stigmare’s mission is to establish a Garment District in the region to support the independent and global brands in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Author: Steven Matsumoto

Steven Paul Matsumoto is the founder of Seattle Fashion Incubator, and an active member of the Seattle business community. Currently Mr. Matsumoto sits on Advisory Boards for the University of Washington Fashion Certificate Program, and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

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