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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.

Course Community BETA Connect & Exchange with Learning Peers

Think like Socrates, asking and answering questions greatly multiplies the breadth and depth of understanding of any topic. Only when you are able to clearly explain something to someone else should you consider yourself as knowing it.

Ask anything below, look for clarifications, raise edge case scenarios, share your work-in-progress designs or simply contribute to existing discussions.