$2.75M grant aims to energize technology fashion industry

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A $2.75 million grant has been awarded to the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator program at Pratt Institute.

Borough Hall presented the $2.75 million commitment Tuesday, to advance economic development across the borough.

Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna says the future designers developing technology textiles will transform the life and comfort of children in the future.

The institute has already designed innovated physical therapy gloves that help track progress.

Half of the money is going straight into the Pratt Institute's program to keep building the fashion of the future, officials say.

Debera Johnson, executive director of Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, says the money will help the institute to bring in technical embroidery machines that will allow for more seamless electronic and wiring of textiles.

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