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A local clothing store has opened an incubator space for entrepreneurs and startup companies that want to work in the textile industry.

Black Market Clothing Exchange at 11th and O streets launched its fashion incubator, called SEW, in February. SEW stands for sustainable eco-friendly workshop.

Since then, the store has worked with local and regional startups to develop textile-based products for market and mass manufacturing, said Jaclyn Tejeda, founder and CEO.

Among the companies that have utilized SEW are Mayu Studios from Austin, Texas, and Groove Watersports of Lincoln.

SEW also is serving as the home of Black Market's in-house Es Tela line of clothing and accessories made from recycled garments.

SEW is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with a seamstress on hand to take alteration and repair orders.

Tejada also wants to offer weekend classes for skills like sewing and clothing design, provide opportunities for camps and internships, and also rent out the space for pop-up shops.

She said users of the space are encouraged to to keep all sourcing regional and use zero-waste principles in all procedures to reclaim and reuse as much waste as possible.

To learn more about SEW, go to: http://www.blackmarketlnk.com/bmsew.html

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