Fashion

Why NYC?

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, best-in-class factories and fashion schools, and more headquarters of fashion designers and fashion retailers than any other city in the country.

NYCEDC's suite of initiatives maintain and enhance New York City's position as the global leader in fashion.

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Background

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 nycfashioninfo.com to find industry resources, including a showroom directory. 

Market Size

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.

News & Updates

Programs

  • Programs for Entrepreneurs

    NYC Fashion Career Week

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    Fashion Career Week will help students, interns, young professionals, and anyone curious about breaking into the fashion industry gain special insight into careers on the business side of fashion.

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    Design Entrepreneurs NYC

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    Design Entrepreneurs NYC is a free, intensive "mini-MBA" program that equips select fashion designers with the skills they need to successfully run a fashion label.

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    NYC Fashion Fellows

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    NYC Fashion Fellows is a year-long fellowship program designed for rising stars in fashion management.

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    Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI)

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    The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry.

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    NYC Fashion Production Fund

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    The NYC Fashion Production Fund (NYCFPF) was organized to support emerging designers based and manufacturing in New York City with financing to ensure that the city remains the premier destination for fashion design talent.

  • Incubators

    CFDA Fashion Incubator

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    The CFDA Fashion Incubator is designed to support the next generation of fashion designers in New York City.

Success Stories

  • Public School

    Discover how Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Creators of Public School and Black Apple made a fashion statement with the help of NYCEDC and the CFDA Fashion Incubator and made it here, in New York City.

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