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New York City is at the center of fashion, offering unmatchable assets such as a large pool of creative talent, retail space in highly-trafficked locations, and more headquarters of fashion designers and fashion retailers than any other city in the country.
On January 11, 2010, NYCEDC launched Fashion.NYC.2020, a strategic study to examine the challenges facing the fashion industry. After conducting surveys and interviews with more than 500 industry professionals, NYCEDC developed a suite of initiatives to maintain and enhance New York City’s position as the global leader in fashion.
Project Pop-Up NYC: To ensure that NYC remains the hub of innovative fashion retailers, Project Pop-Up NYC helps accelerate the growth of select early-stage NYC-based fashion retailers and fashion technology companies. Winning businesses receive prizes like a temporary pop-up store, PR/marketing support, and mentoring.
Fashion Draft NYC: To help develop the next generation of NYC's fashion management leaders, Fashion Draft NYC allows talented, business-minded college seniors to interview for full-time, management-track positions in the industry.
Fashion Campus NYC: To introduce interns, graduate students, and emerging professionals to the array of challenging careers in the business side of fashion, the three-day Fashion Campus NYC event includes seminars by industry leaders and networking opportunities.
NYC Fashion Fellows: The fashion industry has few programs that highlight the “rising stars” in fashion management. This annual program selects up-and-coming business talent to receive mentoring, access to exclusive events, and networking opportunities.
Design Entrepreneurs NYC: Design Entrepreneurs NYC helps build the next generation of fashion design talent in the City. This entrepreneurial “boot camp" equips emerging creative talent with the skills necessary to run a successful business.
New York City’s fashion industry employs 180,000 people, accounting for 6% of the City’s workforce and generating $10.9 billion in total wages with tax revenues of $2 billion. Home to more than 75 major fashion trade shows plus thousands of showrooms, New York City attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The leading fashion schools in the nation are located here, offering best-in-class programs to support a full spectrum of fashion careers, including fashion marketing, merchandising, design, and more:
New York City has important support services for local manufacturing. To find design and production resources, visit the City’s official source for fashion information – NYCFashionInfo.com.
The City is located within one day’s travel of more than 55% of the US population and more than 60% of the Canadian population. Our extensive transportation infrastructure includes access to several interstates and three major airports, making New York City a convenient hub for distribution to the Northeast, Midwest, and South.
New York City is the flagship to many major department stores:
Many famous labels originated in NYC:
|Anna Sui||Ellen Tracy||Nanette Lepore|
|Anne Klein||Gilt Groupe||Mystic Apparel|
|Betsey Johnson||Isaac Mizrahi||Nicole Miller|
|Bill Blass||Jones New York||Ocean Bay|
|Brian Reyes||Kenneth Cole||Oscar de la Renta|
|Calvin Klein||LF USA||Opening Ceremony|
|Carmen Marc Valvo||Leslie Fay||Ralph Lauren|
|Diane von Furstenberg||Liz Claiborne||Theory|
|Donna Karan||Marc Jacobs||Vera Wang|
|Eileen Fisher||Michael Kors||Yeohlee|