By Steve Tawa

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A future “next big fashion designer” could come from these parts, once the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City is launched early next year.

The idea is to support and promote emerging fashion designers, and encourage them to keep their businesses in Philadelphia, according to one of the organizers, Michelle Shannon of the Center City District.

“The designers in residence will be chosen by a selection committee which consists of six professionals from Philadelphia’s fashion and business sectors.”

Four up and coming designers who passed through Philadelphia University, Drexel University, and Moore College of Art and Design, plus a wildcard pick, will have production room space, resources and mentoring at their disposal.

The Chair of the fashion design department at Moore, Janice Lewis describes the ideal candidate as someone who has three to four years experience.

“Somebody whose been working in the industry, loves what they’re doing, but wants to make it their own.”

Inside the Project Runway-inspired space, they’ll be able to produce samples, gain valuable retail insight, and showcase their collections to local and national retailers.