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, and more headquarters of fashion designers and fashion retailers than any other city in the country.

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NYC Fashion Initiatives

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Fashion Manufacturing Initiative: This program, an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment industry, offers financial grants to factories looking to grow by improving their machinery, expanding services, and training workers on the latest fabrication technologies and equipment.
  7. NYC Fashion Production Fund: The NYC Fashion Production Fund assists emerging designers with their initial production cycles by providing access to capital for production financing as well as local production resources.
  8. CFDA Fashion Incubator: This program supports the next generaton of great designers in NYC by providing a creative professional environment to foster promising fashion talent and help selected designers grow and sustain their business.

For an overview of the findings from the study, read the Fashion.NYC.2020 report. For the latest in NYC fashion industry news and industry resources for designers, buyers, manufacturers and fashion enthusiasts visit

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. 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 –


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.

Who's Here

New York City is the flagship to many major department stores:

Many famous labels originated in NYC:

Anna SuiEllen TracyNanette Lepore
Anne KleinGilt GroupeMystic Apparel
Betsey JohnsonIsaac MizrahiNicole Miller
Bill BlassJones New YorkOcean Bay
Brian ReyesKenneth ColeOscar de la Renta
Calvin KleinLF USAOpening Ceremony
Carmen Marc ValvoLeslie FayRalph Lauren
Diane von FurstenbergLiz ClaiborneTheory
Donna KaranMarc JacobsVera Wang
Eileen FisherMichael KorsYeohlee

News & Updates


  • Fashion

    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.

  • Fashion

    Fashion Campus NYC

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    Fashion Campus NYC is a free education and networking program to help interested undergraduate and graduate students and early career professionals jump-start their careers on the business side of NYC's fashion industry.

  • Programs for Entrepreneurs /  Fashion

    Fashion Draft NYC

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    Hosted by Parsons, Fashion Draft NYC is a talent recruitment program that aims to connect business-minded college seniors with management-track positions at some of NYC’s top fashion firms.

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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. Fellows will receive mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, and continuing education and career advancement workshops with industry professionals and their peers to measurably accelerate their careers.

  • 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.

  • Competition /  Fashion /  Retail

    Project Pop-Up NYC

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    The Project Pop-Up NYC competition recognized and rewarded emerging, innovative, New York City-based fashion retailers (both offline and online) and fashion-related technology companies.

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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.

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.

  • Hermes USA

    Hermès took part in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan by committing to open a 5,400 square foot retail location there.

  • Matrix Global Academy

    Learn more about L’Oreal’s choice to establish the Matrix Global Academy in New York City.

  • CFDA Fashion Incubator

    Learn how the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) worked with NYCEDC to establish a Fashion Incubator to help young designers launch their labels.

Incubators & Workspaces

  • 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.


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