New York City is the center of fashion, and offers unmatched assets such as world-class creative talent, retail space in highly-trafficked locations, best-in-class production companies and fashion and design schools. NYC is also home to more headquarters of fashion designers and fashion retailers than any other city in the US.
NYCEDC's suite of initiatives maintain and enhance New York City's position as the global leader in fashion.
On January 11, 2010, NYCEDC launched Fashion.NYC.2020, a strategic study to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the fashion industry. After conducting surveys and interviews with more than 500 industry professionals, NYCEDC developed a suite of several industry initiatives. Information on each of these initiatives is provided below.
For an overview of the findings from the study, read the Fashion.NYC.2020 report. In addition, designers, buyers, manufacturers and fashion enthusiasts can visit madeinnyfashion.nyc to find industry resources, including a list of fashion incubators, supportive programs, and supplier directories.
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. An estimated 900 fashion companies are headquartered in the city, and in 2012, there were 13,800 fashion establishments here. Home to more than 75 major fashion trade shows plus thousands of showrooms, New York City attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.