NFI introduces student contest

College and technical school students in the six-state New England region are invited to participate in a new design challenge, “Narrow the Scope,” sponsored by the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), a division of IFAI. Using narrow fabrics, students must design products made exclusively from narrow fabrics, from belts to britches to bags and anything in between.  Schools will forward their best designs to NFI for final judging.

Cash prizes will be awarded, and three finalists will win an all-expenses-paid trip to IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston to participate in the “Build Your Design” portion of the contest. Those three will gather materials from participating narrow fabrics vendors on the show floor, revise their designs to fit the collected materials, construct the designs, and showcase them for final judging.

NFI has launched this competition to encourage the study of technical design, the use of narrow fabrics and a new generation of creative people who know about specialty fabrics.

“Narrow the Scope” is modeled after the successful Project OR, developed for the Outdoor Retailers Show. NFI believes that designers and textile students are often not exposed to narrow fabrics during their collegiate careers and that this new contest is a way to bridge that information gap. By holding the final event at IFAI Expo on the show floor, with vendor participation and audience voting, the contest will create additional industry buzz and media attention.

If you have ideas about how your company can participate in this new event, contact NFI division manager Ruth Stephens at +1 651 225 6920 or