Tour de Fashion is a project of the Fashion Center BID, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established in 1993 to improve the quality of life in Midtown Manhattan’s Fashion District – the home of American fashion!

The Fashion Center BID thanks the CFDA and the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} for helping us support emerging fashion talent. The Tour de Fashion’s bicycles will be auctioned at the end of the event to benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s {FASHION INCUBATOR}.

The CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} is the newest CFDA program designed to support the next generation of fashion designers in New York City. The mission is to help grow and sustain the business of the 12 participating tenants over the course of the next two years. The CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} will provide a creative professional environment to foster promising fashion talent, and help selected designers grow and sustain their business. By offering low-cost design studio space, business mentoring, educational seminars, and networking opportunities the program provides a way for participants to reach their full potential and become an integral part of the New York Fashion community.

The Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA) was recently formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by a select group of neighborhood property owners and key businesses, along with the Meatpacking District Initiative (MPDI).

The MPIA was created with the intention of partnering with the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to redesign, manage and maintain the public spaces of the neighborhood, while continuing to represent and promote the area’s business interests, produce events and manage a marketing and public relations campaign for the neighborhood.The plaza redesign will improve Meatpacking’s six public plazas, create a seventh and bring life to them by encouraging people to not just browse and shop, but to stay, sit, eat and attend events in the heart of the neighborhood. As this community continues to reinvent itself with anchor destinations like The High Line and The Whitney, MPIA seeks to ensure that its public spaces are as inviting and engaging as our places of business and culture. The MPIA seeks to revitalize and reinvigorate right alongside all of the innovators that call the Meatpacking District home.The MPIA serves as a collective voice and an advocate for area businesses regarding change in the neighborhood, as well as a liaison, leveraging our relationships with local elected officials, governmental agencies and other community groups. The MPIA will continue to connect businesses to other businesses, and to visitors, while rehabilitating the public plazas of the Meatpacking neighborhood.

MADE to showcase design innovation
MADE to partner art and commerce
MADE to promote creativity across established and emerging platforms
MADE to support the growth of New Yorkʼs fashion community

MADE, formerly known as M.A.C. and Milk, was born from the successful Fashion Week collaboration that started in 2008. Now in its fifth season, MADE FASHION WEEK continues to showcase outstanding design and harness the energy of New Yorkʼs creative communities. The compelling program of events – over 35 fashion shows and presentations each season, exhibitions, parties, concerts, panel discussions (Parsons Panel Discussion and the International Fashion Bloggers Conference) and an unrivaled online presence– has translated to success at a retail level and in the press, as well as in the highly coveted digital arena.


SoBi‘s industrial designers, engineers, and software developers are working together to build the world’s first bicycle with an on-board computer, mobile communications, and an integrated GPS-enabled lock. This disruptive product and the supporting mobile and web applications will create a flexible, scalable, and affordable bike sharing system.

Hudson Urban Bicycles is a new kind of bike shop focused on upright urban bikes. HUB cares how you look and feel on your bike. Relax and really enjoy the experience of urban cycling.

Ninety-nine percent of bikes sold in the US are not made in America. Bowery Lane Bicycles is a part of the 1%. BLB bicycles are welded, painted, assembled, packed and shipped in New York City. No big assembly lines, no mass production, no robots. Human hands. American Hands. BLB bikes are made with pride by a family owned and operated company that has been making bicycles since 1891.




Lisa Smilor, Johanna Stout and the CFDA; Ed Janoff; Jacquelyn Lewis; fashion designers Emily Saunders and Jessica Hosoi; emergency bike design helper and cartographic extraordinaire Minna Ninova; and our fashion consultants Melissa Hall, Marylou Luther and Michelle Violy Harper:

Marylou Luther

Marylou Luther, editor of the International Fashion Syndicate, writes the award-winning Clotheslines column, a question-and-answer fashion advice feature read weekly by more than 5 million.

In addition to her syndicated newspaper column, Luther is the creative director of The Fashion Group International, a non-profit organization for the dissemination of information on fashion, beauty and related fields. Her twice-yearly audio-visual overviews of the New York, London, Milan and Paris ready-to-wear shows are must-seeing/reading for industry leaders. Her coverage of the European collections appears in newspapers throughout the U.S.

The former fashion editor of The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Des Moines Register is biographied in “Who’s Who in America.” She won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s coveted Eugenia Sheppard award for fashion journalism, the Women in Communications award and, in 2004, the Accessories Council’s Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism, which will be given every year in her name.

Her essays have appeared in “The Rudi Gernreich Book”, “Thierry Mugler: Fashion, Fetish, Fantasy”, “The Color of Fashion”, “Todd Oldham Without Boundaries” and “Yeohlee: Work.” A book with Geoffrey Beene was published in September, 2005. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, where she received the prestigious Alumni Achievement award, Luther is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Tau Alpha, Theta Sigma Phi and Gamma Phi Beta.

Michelle Violy Harper
Michelle is an internationally recognized style icon and has been featured on’s US, Paris, and Italia sites. She has also appeared in Vogue Korea, Vogue Mexico, The New York Times,, Interview, Purple, Self Service, WWD, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, New York Magazine, various Latin American publications such as Caras, Quien, El Universal, and more.

Her previous work includes diverse experiences at MoMA, MUSE Film and Television, VMS Associates, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the advisory of select fashion designers.

Michelle is a unique voice in fashion, beauty, and business. She is celebrated for her vision and involvement in supporting designers, philanthropic causes, and unique, innovative projects.

Michelle is an avid fashion and art collector with an eye for the extraordinary.