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The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), a Pratt Institute initiative, is a hub for ethical fashion and design that provides design entrepreneurs, creative technologists and industry professionals with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful, triple bottom line businesses.

Each year, the BF+DA also serves over 70 apparel production clients, 300 digital fabrication clients, and 4,000 event, tour, and educational program attendees, and sustainability consulting offerings to further their mission and reach.

BF+DA Courses


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Debera Johnson

Founder and Executive Director of the Pratt Institute/BF+DA and has been leading the integration of sustainability into Pratt’s programmes for over 15 years.

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Tara St James

Tara St James is the Production Coordinator & Research Fellow, Zero Waste Manufacturing for BF+DA.

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Carolyn Shafer

Carolyn Shafer is the s.LAB Director for the BF+DA and Director of Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS) at Pratt Institute.