Our Mission

To make a meaningful economic impact to the economy of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region by nurturing and strengthening fashion entrepreneurs and establishments. BFI provides technical product development, business tools, global fashion network connection and access to funds to entrepreneurs and start-ups so they can create innovative viable brands, build capacity and launch globally competitive businesses. Ultimately, building a thriving fashion eco-system in the region.

Our Programs

Pre-Incubation –
Dilmun Star Program

Based on field research and experience, BFI found that many fashion designers and would be fashion entrepreneurs lack

Incubation –
Designer in Residence Program

Designer in Residence Program is open for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the fields of textile, apparel, jewellery

Outreach Program

BFI believes strongly in engaging with the community to enhance the learning and knowledge of


"The BFI will not only provide important tools for designers to grow, it aims to help fashion talent launch globally competitive businesses from Bahrain"

Jalila Aarab
CEO /  Founder – BFI

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Idea & Design Assessment

Draw from inspiration an idea or concept that meets the themes set in the program, has clear customer target and offering (e.g. casual, athleisure, party etc.) and will potentially have commercial appeal

Design Sketch

Designers to choose colour chart, material and propose size variation.

Pattern Making

Develop design patterns manually and CAD.

Produce Gold Sample

Integrate material into the design and ensure accurate fit sample.  It’s the sample where are issues related to design and production are fixed.

Size Set Sample

Produce sample for each size variation

Define Production Sample

Develop clear production sample order sheet for each size variation with clear description and instructions.

Develop Sales Sample

It’s the high-quality perfect sample that will be used in photoshoots presented to judges and potential buyers and featured on the runway.

Runway Show

Final live presentation of the collection to the media, buyers, consumers and industry followers.