Creating a vibrant downtown shopping experience!
The Cleveland Retail Commission is the modern-day descendant of the Cleveland Fashion Institute (CFI). The CFI was founded in 1938 and was created to promote the Cleveland garment industry. CFI was an economic catalyst for the development of garment manufacturing and retailing. The CFI used fashion shows and tours of retailers and manufacturers to showcase Cleveland's garment industry.
CFI leadership met with retail buyers and industry leaders from throughout the United States. They invited major market executives to Cleveland and created business for Cleveland's apparel industry. CFI was formed with the help of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce.
The Cleveland Retail Commission was created by local fashion industry entrepreneur Donald Shingler and established as a 501(c)(3) with the help of Professor Kenneth R. Margolis of the Case Western Reserve University's Kramer Community Development Clinic at the School of Law. The CRC functions as an economic development corporation that encourages and strengthens garment retailing in downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland Retail Commission continues the work of its CFI predecessor.