Squad! Orlando Fashion District has Design House announcements!

Making Orlando a Fashion Destination!

For those of you who’ve been following our nonprofit mission to make Orlando a Fashion Destination with a Garment District, we’ve got some big plans in the works.

In response to COVID-19, now more than ever, Orlando needs a more self sustaining solution to local Garment Design, Productions and Sales.

Our goals are to open a co-op Design, Sourcing and Production House with co-op Sales Opportunities to support locally designed and produced goods to make our community more independently self sufficient.

If you’d like to join our Design House and / or development team, we are looking for movers and shakers who have designs wanting local production with marketing help and sales strategies both online and in a co-op retail space for local designers.

We’re on the leading edge with our newest sponsor Botic Point to launch a Pay Per View platform for Fashion Content including Virtual Runway Shows, Fashion Events, “how it’s made”, “behind the scenes”, tutorials, educational content and more.

Soon, you will be able to create a FREE Botic Point Pay Per View profile where you can post and / or share other posts and start making money on day one.

Join now and stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!

To join Orlando Fashion District’s Design House apply here: https://form.jotform.com/OrlandoFashionDistrictInc/orlando-fashion-district-design-hou

To be featured in paid posts apply here: https://form.jotform.com/OrlandoFashionDistrictInc/ofd-content-feature-application-

To join our Advisory Board, apply here: https://form.jotform.com/OrlandoFashionDistrictInc/ofd-advisory-board-application

Orlando Rocks LA Design Competition

Four local artists including a musician, designer and two hair and makeup pros, want to share their journey to Los Angeles, California for a 10 day tour beginning with the rock star studded NAMM music industry tradeshow on Jan 16th and ending with their exclusive attendance of a Major Music Awards show and After Party on Jan 26, 2020.
Their goal is to represent the Orlando Rock and Fashion scene, while they film their journey as a Rockumentary.

Read their Go Fund Me story here: gf.me/znyn8


Shop their Bidr fundraiser auction here:


Orlando Fashion District is looking for 10 days of rock fashion looks for 4 people from local designers and stylists including 3 high profile red carpet and after party looks from the First Place winning designers.
Second Place Winning Looks will be worn to NAMM. Runner up looks will be worn for several other events, excursions, tours and adventures between the two main events.

Designers / Stylists must submit sketches or existing design photos to dress:
1. Ms Meka Nism / Meka Kyoto, vocal shaman of the band Meka Nism, Florida Region Grammy Governor representing the Rock Scene @msmekanism @mekanismband
2. Gina Vincenza Van Epps, President of Orlando Fashion District @PsychoSeamstress @OrlandoFashionDistrict
3. Nikki Scandalous, Hair and Makeup Artist @nikkiscandalous
4. Landon Bourland, Special FX Makeup Artist @landofakesstudiosllc
(get a sneak peak at them and their style and approximate size on their social media links on Instagram or Facebook)

Designs will be reviewed and winners will be announced at Orlando Fashion District’s “The Mix” Event on December 17, 2019.


Final clothing designs for Orlando Rocks LA must be ready by January 10, 2020.

In addition to the opportunity to have your designs worn on to Major Music Events in LA and related parties, you’ll be featured in our Orlando Rocks LA Rockumentary and shown off at our THE MIX event in February 2020!


To have your designs considered for this competition please enter your design sketches or existing garment images here:

Orlando Rocks LA Design Competition

Two formal designs will be chosen on 12/17 for Meka and Gina to wear the next evening in Miami at the Grammy Holiday Party for the Florida Region Governors on December 18, 2019.

Orlando Fashion District is a nonprofit organization who’s mission is to make Orlando a Fashion Destination with a Garment District.

Orlando Fashion Battle – Teen Edition!

Join Orlando’s Only Fashion Event that rewards it’s talent with prizes, titles, media interviews and influencer level social media recognition In Orlando Fashion District‘s effort to raise the bar on Orlando‘s Fashion Scene to become a Fashion Destination.

This is a competition is being filmed, live streamed, video edited and developed for television on a closed soundstage set at KDS One Studios. It is not open to the public.

The theme for this battle is an ALL TEEN Edition. Competitors must be under the age of 18 and will be chosen from entries to our virtual casting call at: https://form.jotform.us/90505454058153

Teen Designers, Teen Models, Hair Stylists, Makeup Artists and Photographers will all be photographed, Interviewed and competing on film for the best in show titles, awards, recognition and be able to share their Fashion journey story before, during and and after this nonprofit event.


10 Questions To Ask Before You Join A Fashion Event

There are a lot of people calling themselves “promoters” of fashion shows and events these days looking for the talent they need to put on a successful event. How do you tell the good ones from the not so good?


There are many “for profit” organizations charging top dollar in entry fees to use your fashion designs, who don’t even provide you with a garment rack or any promotional posts before, during or after their show. That’s not giving a designer much value for their dollar, not to mention time and talent.

Some companies call themselves “entertainment management” and hold casting calls with fees to choose a handful of models, but because they aren’t a licensed agency…. they can’t legally represent or book you for anything other than their own events. See this link to know what’s required by your state. http://www.agentassociation.com/index.php?src=directory&view=agencyLicensing&srctype=detail&back=agencyLicensing&refno=38

Some events recruit volunteers to do hair and makeup under the guise of “exposure and experience” while offering very little exposing, in return for your hard work.

There’s a fine line between needing you to work for free so they can make money and giving you an opportunity that’s actually worth it.

Here are 10 questions to ask in order to help you sort out their intentions and what’s in your own best interest.

  1. Is this a person or organization trying to make a quick buck or do they have an actual production or event company? If in doubt, ask for more details on their credentials, check sunbiz.org in Florida, other state agency for the company they say they represent to verify they actually exist. 
  2. Have they actually booked the venue where this event is slated to take place? In the last year I’ve know 3 people who spent thousands of dollars in entry fees, designing and sewing clothes, travel expenses and one even traveled from the USA to France to show at a venue that was being promoted, but was never actually booked for the event. Verify these details before you agree to participate or spend large amounts of money for being featured in a fashion event. 
  3. Is this their first fashion event? If so make sure they’ve got everything organized and can answer the rest of these questions. If not, find out how their other events went. Check their social media and ask past participants how things went for them.
  4. Is this a “For Profit” or Nonprofit event? Nonprofit organizations have to show you where the money goes. For profit organizations don’t. If it’s a nonprofit, charity or fundraiser, volunteering your time is no big deal, but if you’re working for free so they can make money, what’s in it for you?
  5. How many meetings or rehearsals will you be required to attend before the event?  How much of your time will this take?
  6. Will they be feeding you? (Providing basic food and beverages to quarantined talent, who can’t leave the venue or won’t have access to any other food or beverages without inconvenience or expense, is the least they can do in exchange for your free time and talent)
  7. Will you have free access to the “exposure and experience” photos and/or videos or will that be an additional expense? If they want you to work for free or are charging you to enter their event, they should be providing you with a basic package of photos documenting your participation in exchange for the fees you paid or to compensate you for not being paid
  8. How exactly will they promoting you before, during or after the event? “Experience and Exposure HOW?” Will they be posting photos of you on their social media or will there be a web page of the event? How many followers do they have? 10,000 followers is an influencer level. If they are not there yet or you have more followers than they do, maybe you should be the one getting paid and promoting that you are in their show? These things can be negotiated.
  9. Who are they selling tickets to? Is this strictly an entertainment event or will there be any actual buyers, bloggers, news media or anyone else in the audience who could be beneficial to you? Fashion as Entertainment doesn’t usually have much to offer in return to anyone other than the promoter.
  10. Will you have access to the list of attendees, models, hair, makeup, photographers involved so you can follow up and network with them? 

Asking basic questions before you commit to participating in any fashion event and verifying information before you volunteer your time or pay to participate is the best way to sort out what’s worth your time from who wants you to work for free, so they can make money.

Most Fashion Events have sponsors, sell vendor booth space and event tickets so they can make a profit and cover expenses. Fashion Events need talent to make the event happen. In most industries the talent gets paid because you’re the main attraction. Giving you something in return for your fees and /or skills participation should include promotion, logos, advertising, being properly introduced, photo and video documentation along with a comfortable, organized, enjoyable, experience that has the potential of making you some money selling your designs or getting booked for paying work in the future.

Orlando Fashion Battle

Orlando Fashion District

Orlando Fashion Battle


Sponsor Orlando’s ONLY Fashion Event that rewards its talent with prizes and influencer level recognition!

5 Designer, 25 Models, 5 Hair Stylists, 5 Makeup Artists and 5 Photographers with 2 hours to compete and win the BEST IN SHOW titles.

This event is being filmed on a closed set, will be live streamed, edited to video and evaluated for further development into a possible television show, PPV and ongoing competition to recognize talent in the fashion, costume and beauty industries.

Prizes, Titles, Interviews, footage and Influencer Level Social Media Recognition will be given to the winners of each catagory including: Best Male and Female Outfit, Best Male and Female Model, Best Male and Female Hair Style, Best Makeup and Best Photos.

Winners and contestants will be interviewed, photographed, video taped and featured in multiple influencer level social media posts along with their personal fashion journey story. Winners will become eligible to compete in future battles and have their profiles permanently featured on Orlando Fashion District‘s website as the recognized winners of this competition.

This is a nonprofit event, proceeds from fees and sponsors, will be shared with the winners and donated to Orlando Fashion District‘s Mission to make Orlando a Fashion Destination!

The Venue is KDS One Studio’s new 21,000 sf facility with 5 recording studio spaces, a 6,000 sf soundstage, daylight photography studio, prop photo ops, dance and band reheasal space and current home of Orlando Fashion District.

So Here’s The Deal:

All designers, models, hair and makeup artists and photographers must arrive between 3:30-4pm to qualify. There will be a waiting list for replacements to step in.

Freelance and unsigned Models must bring the following minimum modeling gig bag items https://orlandofashiondistrict.com/25-must-haves-in-your-modeling-tote-bag/. Hair and Makeup services will be included in your entry fee. Nail services will be provided by Color Street! (If you’re signed to an agency you’ll need their permission to compete)

Fashion or Costume Designers enter 5 outfits designed, styled and fabricated by the designer. The last designer to arrive is the first one on the runway.

Hair and Makeup Artists will each be assigned 5 models to work on to finish by 6pm. Hair stylists may pre cut, color, add extension, wigs or other hair related treatments prior to show and touch up the day of

We will be matching everyone up ahead of time with weeks to prepare as a team.

Photographers may begin shooting behind the scenes and through out the event. Competition photos must be submitted to Facebook and/or Instagram @OrlandoFashionDistrict, @KDSOneStudios and #orlandofashion by midnight on Friday 1/18/19. Judges will decide on the top photo based on the tags And submissions by email.

Designers, Models, Hair and MUA’s may enter as a team as long as there are enough entry tickets available in each catagory. The tickets can be purchased by one person, but we need to be updated on each entrants name and contact info within 24 hours. If one of the catagories is sold out, the unregistered team member can be placed on a waiting list and take the place of anyone who gets disqualified or drops out.

There will be a dressed rehearsal and on camera run through from 6-7pm.

Replacement entrants must be present and on standby, ready to step in. They can help as volunteers.

Judges will be revealed at a later date.

This Competition event is NOT open to the public. Doors Open to Media and VIP guests at 6:30pm for a 7pm competition, show begins at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

Event Sponsors Include Orlando Fashion District, KDS One Studios, VMS The Brand, K. Nichole Artistry, Modish Bold Squad, Willium Sterling Designs, Color Street, South Beach Tanning Co, Runway Shoes and More TBA. Contact us to sponsor this event.

Please use this form to get on our waiting list, sponsor or receive more information about this event. This is not the entry form! To enter this event, you must buy a ticket!. https://form.jotform.com/83118585913160

Prizes include an hour coaching session with Judge Ilka Tamar of Modish Bold Squad to the top models. All Winners will be invited back to KDS One Studios for a promotional group photo by pro photographer Ehsan Zarrin. Designers win 4 hours of consulting from House Of Vincenza. Media interviews will be conducted before, during and after this event.

Video, audio and photo releases will need to be signed by everyone participating in this event. You images may be used before, during and after.

6 Accomplishments of Orlando Fashion District in 2018

Orlando Fashion District is well on its way to helping make Orlando a fashion destination and building a Garment District here.

Here are some of the highlights, accomplishments, and partnerships we formed in 2018.

With the help of Juan Bermudez, Sr Creative Director, we now have a website featuring a fashion event calendar to help locals and tourists stay informed on what’s happening in Orlando’s Fashion Scene.

Krent Studio

Krent Studio

Richard Krent of Krent Studios has agreed to help Orlando Fashion District define our project development plans architecturally. As Orlando’s former city architect and Sr. Facilities Design Manager for Universal Theme Parks, development projects in Dubai, Africa, Panama and other major cities around the globe, our literal plan proposals are coming soon! http://krentstudio.com/

KDS One Studios logo

KDS One Studios has become the home of Orlando Fashion District while our future plans are in development. Gina Vincenza, Orlando Fashion District’s Founder has taken up residence there as a celebrity seamstress, fashion, costume and tactical designer and shares her Design House Of Vincenza space with OFD for meetings, a monthly fundraising event and more, with workshops and seminars coming soon.
KDS One Studios, 3601 Vineland Rd, Suite 10, Orlando, FL 32811

Avatar Company Logo

Bob Kovacevich, Principal at Avatar Company, an International nonprofit sector consultancy since 1978 is helping Orlando Fashion District advance its readiness to launch a feasibility study that measures the compatibility and fundability of the project. To learn more about Avatar Company visit www.facebook.com/Avatarway

African’s In Orlando

African’s In Orlando

Orlando Fashion District supported our first local runway with “Africans In Orlando” by providing runway show event services including garment rack rental, seamstress and wardrobe services, steaming and ironing equipment and volunteers to help their designers prepare garments for the show, dressing and changing models.

Goodwill Logo

Goodwill Logo

Orlando Fashion District partnered with the Goodfinds department of Goodwill Industries Of Central Florida to produce their first ever runway show of “Little Black Dresses” at the Southern Women’s Show using Goodwill employees, volunteer models, hair stylists, and makeup artists.

If you’d like to support Orlando Fashion District’s nonprofit mission with your time, talent, skills, connections, venues, brands, products, services, funding or donations please email us as through our website or at Info@OrlandoFashionDistrict.com

3 Things I Learned About Goodwill

Goodwill Logo

Goodwill Logo

As a huge advocate of giving fashion a second wind beyond its original owner, I must say I was thrilled when Orlando’s Woman Of The Year and Goodwill Of Central Florida’s COO, Karla Radke contacted me about putting Goodwill Fashions into Runway Shows of Orlando, FL.

What I learned on their “WOW Tour” of the behind the scenes operations, was truly impressive.

  1. I had no idea Goodwill received so many Luxury Brand items, they have an entire department dedicated to authenticating each item and posting it for sale on their auction site!! See for yourself at http://goodfindscfl.com
  2. Goodwill has a boutique on Orange Avenue in Winter Park, FL where many brand new high end items end up with the tags still attached!!
  3. I learned funding from items we donate to Goodwill is used to help people find jobs. Goodwill employs many who have a harder time than the rest of us in finding jobs including people with disabilities, who are homeless or who’ve been in prison. They help them in many ways including providing job interview clothing and other basic needs.

On the tour I attended I met with workers from Orange County Corrections who asked me about coming up with programs for inmates who want to learn how to design, pattern and sew. At Orlando Fashion District we’re working on those solutions.

As a result of meeting with Goodwill, I am excited to say Orlando Fashion District is working with Adrienne G at Goodwill on producing their first Runway Show!  They’ve entered their “Little Black Dress” collection into the Fashion Events of the Southern Women’s Show!

There will be 3 opportunities to see some of the amazing and trendy designs in this collection, most being first time modeled by their own employees!!

This collection will debut at the Southern Women’s Show on Friday 10/26 at 3:30 pm and again on Saturday 10/27 at 3:30 pm in the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse, Hall B.

If you’d like to see more of the “Little Black Dress Collection” you’re invited to shop it at Goodwill’s Pop Up Shop on Tuesday 10/30 from 6-9 pm.

Come join us for a kid friendly Halloween Party and Pop Up Shopping Event at Studio One Orlando’s exciting new soundstage location at KDS One Studios, 3601 Vineland Rd, Suite 10, Orlando, FL 32811

We will have food, fun, magic, tricks and treats at a benefit event for Orlando Fashion District!

Admission is free, but space is limited so reserve your tickets today!


If you’d like to donate, sponsor, volunteer or otherwise be involved in these or other fun fashion opportunities please feel free to contact me!!

Stay Tuned for more on how things went!

Gina Vincenza,
Orlando Fashion District

Orlando Fashion District’s Nonprofit Mission is to Unite, Support and Educate in the Fashion, Costume and Beauty Industries.

Our goal is to make Orlando a Fashion Destination and build a Garment District here.

4 Ways To “Prove The Concept” Of Your Fashion Designs

Red Kimono Fabric Scarf

Red Kimono Fabric Scarf

“Proof of concept” is something people like Daymond John of Shark Tank, talks about and does with every one of his fashion design ideas. It’s a necessary process every designer should go through before spending any money on a full production run of their designs.


 Unless you’ve got tens of thousands of dollars and several months of time, you’re ready, willing and able to flush down the toilet, this less expensive process will ensure your designs will sell, help you refine the details and self fund your first production run. 

Step One:

While you’ve been working on your patterns and prototypes, which can be a long process, you should have also been working on your social media. If you haven’t been doing this, Get on it, NOW! This is important! How else do you expect to quantify, market, sell or represent your designs without a trace of your brand online?

Crowdfund Your First Run

By spending $0 (DIY+ a % of Fees from actual sales) to $1,500+ on an Indiegogo, Kickstarter or similar crowdfunding campaign, you’ll know within 7-60 days if spending another several thousand dollars on a production run will be worth it or not. By using photos of your prototypes, making a short video, telling your brand’s story and getting some numbers together on how much a minimum production run will cost, you can now do a presale to fund your first run.

One of two things will happen using this process:

Worst Case Scenario: You don’t presell enough to cover a minimum run production run and it’s time to take this valuable feedback to the drawing board. You just saved yourself a ton of money.

Best Case Scenario: You over fund your goal, have way more sales than you expected and a strong design to go to market with.

Pop Up Shop / Trunk Show / Sell From Samples

For the cost of your prototypes, you can use them to put together a “Pop Up Shop” or “Trunk Show” 

Here’s how:

Rent a table at a local Pop Up Event (we will be running several events like this year round.) Farmers Market or Vendor Booth in a space that puts you in front of your target market.

Or you can pack your prototypes into a suitcase and take your mobile collection on tour!

Have swatches of the other fabric colors you want to offer. 

Take your designs to local boutiques or directly to your target market buyers. 

Make your goals to show your collection, get feedback and take orders. 

Use a free survey app like JotForm.com or SurveyMonkey.com to ask at least 100 people for their opinion about your designs, styles, fabrics, colors, sizing and pricing. Be willing to make the necessary changes if you want people to buy. 

Be willing to make any necessary changes to your designs to close the deal. 

Have some production run numbers worked out and put together some package pricing for buyers with a range of sizes and colors. 

If someone just wants to buy one garment, have some made to order pricing worked out. (and DON’T expect your seamstress to cut and sew your designs for anything less than a decent wage plus materials! Made to order pricing should be much higher than production pricing.)

Convention Sales

Rent a booth and use your prototypes to take orders at a Tradeshow like Orlando’s own “Southern Woman’s Show”,  “Surf Expo” (with Swim Designs) or other similar Expo, Event or Tradeshow. 

The “Magic” Tradeshow in Vegas is the ultimate proven selling ground for attracting buyers from around the world, but make sure you’ve got your social media “ducks in a row”. I had one client who was extremely embarrassed when a major brand became interested in his designs. He spend thousands of dollars on product development, prototypes and had an amazing display booth. When a major retailer asked for his Instagram handle on the spot and he didn’t even have one, it really hurt his credibility as being taken seriously. Don’t be that guy!! Hire someone!

Pre Sale

If you’ve done your social media job correctly, doing a presale will help you determine how interested your followers are in what you have to offer. Having an established social media base is the best, it’s the most relevant, high tech and modern way to reach your potential buyers.

Check our event calendar for pop up shops, workshops and seminars to help you make your Fashion dreams come true!

Gina Vincenza, Founder

Orlando Fashion District


3 Reasons Why an Orlando Fashion and Garment District Would Thrive

OFD Bumper StickerWe at Orlando Fashion District have discovered three compelling reasons why developing Orlando as a Fashion Destination with a Garment District, at this point in time, is the perfect storm.

1. REVENUE – The money being generated by the Garment District in NYC is over 2 BILLION Dollars a year! In Los Angeles, CA, the garment district generates a whopping 10 BILLION Dollars per year. NYC Garment District Annual Report 2017

NYC Garment District

and LA Fashion District Economic Development Plan

Both nonprofit Districts are trending with further development in the works. (Orlando Fashion District is incorporated as a nonprofit organization.)

Was your first thought, those numbers are because of the global Fashion Industries in NYC and LA?

That was mine.

Why would having a Garment District in Orlando work?

What most people don’t realize is, both NYC and LA’s garment districts are largely supported by the COSTUMING demands of Entertainment, Broadway, Film and Television.

Here’s where we want you to connect the dots…

Guess where we have a disproportionate amount of entertainment going on, which has made us one of the top tourist destinations in the world?

Orlando has 3 GLOBAL and expanding destination Theme Parks between Disney, Universal and Sea World, with countless other entertainment venues and cruise lines, who confidently ride the multi million dollar wave of marketing dollars being spent on attracting visitors to Orlando. It’s a well oiled machine, that generated 72 million tourists last year.

To feed the voracious demand for costumes here, there are millions of dollars being spent on the daily, for fabrics, equipment, materials, trims, buttons, zippers and supplies – all of which are currently being shipped to Orlando from elsewhere.

Spoiler alert. Here’s the gap.

Orlando’s current local choices for key garment ingredients are underwhelming, limited, poor quality, under stocked and/or overpriced.

Why haven’t we created a more self sustaining environment here to supply the local demand to feed the machine that keeps this mouse town running? Good question!

The dynamics of the current supply and demand situation, begs for a solution and has created an opportunity to fill a profitable gap in the system, by making our beautiful city of Orlando, more self sustaining.

Now, let’s add the Global Fashion Revenue Numbers, which reveal a 2.4 TRILLION DOLLAR Industry and 2% of the World’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which has consistently grown by 5.5% annually according to the lMcKinsey’s State Of Fashion Report

Not only does the need for clothing touch EVERYONE literally, but it’s the world’s seventh-largest economy.

We believe by investing locally to create a garment district, we can turn garments “Made In Orlando” into revenue and jobs.

Speaking of jobs…

2. JOBS – The NYC Garment District employs over 129,000 designers, pattern makers, graders, cutters and stitchers while LA employs nearly 30,000 of the same highly skilled workers.

Universal and Disney Theme Parks already have their own Design and Fabrication departments who currently employ thousands of these same skilled workers.

Costume design and sewing work for the entertainment industry keeps several privately owned costume shops in Orlando, running at capacity.

Local companies like Hardrive Productions, Winfield Murdock Creative Works, D Squared Productions and Skip Stewart Costumes are slammed with sewing contracts for Theater, Parade, Theme Park, Cruise Lines, Touring Shows and more.

Other growing design and sewing related businesses located in Orlando include Bespoke Stitchery and several enterprisers like Elizabeth Scovil Designs, Martin Capristan and let’s mention Jason Neece of 1v1 Fight Gear, who has an Adidas contract for sewing the only boxing gloves being made in the USA, right here in Sanford, FL.

Baltimore, MD has an innovative program that gives former inmates the opportunity to learn production sewing. Baltimore Sun Article
Orlando Fashion District has been asked by our local Corrections System to create design, pattern making and sewing related programs for inmates and to provide ex con job training and production sewing jobs in Orlando. We’re currently working on the logistics of making that happen in Orlando.

Need more proof? Here you go…

Manufacturing jobs in Orlando have more than doubled from 3.6 to 8.2 over the last year according to the Orlando Area Economy Summary Dated June 27, 2018. 

We’re taking “Orlando Pride” to the next level by creating jobs here with inspiring initiatives we’d like to spread to other cities. We’ve taken on the challenge of being the change we want to see in the world, by becoming the innovative leaders driven to inspire and create new strategies using automated systems and advanced technologies to bring garment production back to the USA.

3. TOURISM – Orlando was visited by a record number of tourists last year to the tune of 72 million, making Orlando THE Top US Destination, overtaking NYC and LA by almost 30 million visitors!

Here are some compelling numbers for comparison as to why we believe becoming a contender in the Fashion World wouldn’t take as much effort as you’d think.
Paris, which is considered to be the leading Fashion city in the world, had 23 million visitors out of 82.6m visitors to it’s entire country of France.
The entire country of Italy had 52.4m and UK had 35.8 million visitors.
If those aren’t some compelling numbers that illustrate how many people are coming to Orlando vs the rest of the world and to illustrate how successful we have the potential of becoming a leading fashion destination, I don’t know what is.

If we build it, they are already coming.

Take I-4 anywhere and you’ll see the evidence of our expansion.

Orlando is being redeveloped in so many areas to meet the demands of our growth, it’s astonishing. Orange Blossom Trail between Colonial Drive and Sand Lake Road is being reclaimed by “OBT Next”. We’d love to be located downtown or on OBT, but are open to other options because we realize traffic and parking to a Fashion Destination and Garment District, needs to be considered.

Orlando boasts 11 Top rated tourist destinations. Over 55.8 million of them visited our largest Theme Parks. 

In comparison, over 1.5 million people visited the Garment District in Los Angeles last year,
out of 48.5 million who visited the city.
NYC’s Garment District drew 2.15 million visitors for both business and pleasure,
out of 47 million visitors to their city. https://www.nyctourist.com/tourist-info.php
Using these figures, comparatively speaking, we could conservatively experience a minimum of 2+ million visitors to a fashion destination and garment district if we created a similar environment adding BILLIONS of dollars to our local economy.

Miami made the Top 10 Fashion Cities in the USA list, but Orlando could take the lead, if we simply acknowledged and supported our growing fashion scene and made an effort to exceed the fashion demands of our visitors, being met by other cities.

When the Brightline train connects Miami to Orlando in just 3 hours, we can expect thousands of visitors from Miami to be delivered to Orlando on a regular basis, giving us the perfect opportunity to shine.

Orlando is sitting in a powerful position to support its own native and profitable Fashion Entertainment and Garment District. There are dozens of privately held Runway Shows and Fashion Themed Charity Events going on here, on a monthly basis according to Instagram, Facebook and Eventbrite. OFD’s Fashion Event Calendar helps anyone find fashion events here more easily and assists creators in gaining more exposure and success.

People leave Orlando to take Fashion Vacations around the world for events and to shop for trending fashion and wholesale buying trips for resale.
Conventions like “Magic” are being held in Vegas and NYC by UMBFashion.com.
Miami is host to Fabric shows like DGExpo.net and the Apparel Textile Show ATSM.com which we attend.
Our world class convention facilities could easily handle huge trade shows and global fashion week events, if we put energy into attracting this business.

In closing, we believe creating a self sustaining Garment District in Orlando and developing our city as an International Fashion Destination is a winning proposition.
By offering trending educational and co-op work spaces, technologically advanced green manufacturing facilities and a year round Runway Venue, we’d attract visitors to areas of Orlando, ready for revitalization.
Fashion, Costume and Beauty Industry Showrooms, Headquarters and Business can show the world Orlando is a competitive and creative community, where they can find style, beauty, and innovation in fashion.

Fashionably Yours,

Gina Vincenza Van Epps
Orlando Fashion District