" A world class city needs a strong economy.
A strong economy requires vibrant basic industries.
Vibrant basic industries depend on reliable sources of talented workers.
A reliable source of talented workers enables a basic industry to thrive and stay competitive.
Competitiveness ensures continual growth and creates a foundation for strong communities.
A community grows and stays strong when its residents flourish in jobs, careers, and businesses.
Residents flourish in jobs, careers, and businesses when they bring high quality technical skills to the marketplace.
High quality technical skills flow from targeted training and work experience. Together they nurture success."
Designer & President of STITCHES
Clotee McAfee has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry for more than 30 years. She began with 8 machines and later grew to a 50 machine contract sewing factory, sewing for top fashion companies and corporate accounts that included: Joan Martin, Carol Little, Emil Rutenburg, Leon Max, Karen Kane, Nancy Heller, JC Penney, Windsor Stores, Texaco, the Staples Center, AEG and Southern California Gas Company. She is a distinguished graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, with a certificate from the UCLA Entrepreneurial MBA program.
Ms. McAfee has appeared on Channel 2's Making It., and has been the subject of articles in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Essence Magazine, California News, Entrepreneur and Black Enterprise magazines, to name a few. She has been featured in brochures developed by the Southern California Gas Company and a commercial for the UCLA entrepreneurial program.
Her company was one of the first to receive funding from REBUILD LA after the 1992 Rodney King Civil Unrest because of the job creation potential. She served on the Apparel Industry Roundtable, appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor, Richard Riordan. This task force was charged with helping integrate technology into the Los Angeles apparel industry, then the region’s largest employer. She also served on the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) which oversaw Federal funding for training and job creation in the City of Los Angeles shortly after President Clinton spearheaded welfare reform. McAfee has had the privilege of designing for Mr, Stevie Wonder for his 1989 Tour as well as his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and have designed and produced school uniforms that sold in their own Uniformity Boutiques in Macy West stores throughout California.