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The CFI is intended to give emerging designers a leg up in the business: they're given access to office, production, and showroom space at Macy's on State Street and are required to attend a series of seminars and workshops during their year. The only new CFI designer whose name might already be known to casual observers of the scene is Christina Fan of C/Fan, whose silky, minimalist, body-skimming pieces for women were featured at Fashion Focus Chicago last fall.
As for the rest, some have more work available for viewing online than others, and the press release doesn't give much concrete information, but it's good to see some menswear in the mix. They are:
Oddly for an initiative identified with Macy's, the pop-up shop will be located in the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue from March 18 to April 18.