The Fashion Capital of the World
When it comes to fashion, NYC needs no introduction.
The city is synonymous with some of the world's biggest designers and brands. As we celebrate our fashion heritage and future during Fashion Week, it’s worth reflecting on the origins of an industry that today boasts a nearly $900 million economic impact.
Our Fashion Heritage
Over 100 years ago, thousands of New Yorkers worked in garment factories in Manhattan. Their efforts moved a generation into the middle class, ushered in social...Read More
Making It Here: Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Walk upstairs to the second floor of an ordinary-looking building in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and you might suddenly think that you’ve entered a time machine.
Tailors mark up specially selected textiles with chalk; stitchers use foot-pedaled machines to sew horsehair fabric to hand-cut jackets; even the remnants of the gas jets for lanterns that lit up the shop floor a century ago are visible on the walls.
And perhaps you may not know where you are, since those same walls display both a Mezuzah and the bright red paper of a Chinese calendar; Mexican, Puerto Rican, and...Read More
2014 NYC Fashion Career Week
By Andrea Kramar, Fellow, Industry Transformation Team at the Center for Economic Transformation
Explore. Learn. Prepare. Connect.Read More
From New York To Sochi: New York Embroidery Studio Helps Create Outfits For Olympic Opening And Closing Ceremonies
Looking good, Team USA!
Team USA made a patriotic appearance at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and part of it was made in NYC.
New York Embroidery Studio, based in the Garment District, can take credit for the full and half zip worn by all U.S. Olympic coaches, support staff, and newscasters at the ceremony. Michelle Feinberg, President of New York Embroidery Studio, says the studio also made patches and embroidery for the coat and pants worn at the closing ceremony (pictured below).
Spotlight on Design Entrepreneurs NYC Winner: Becca McCharen
Shortly after showing at last September's Fashion Week, Becca McCharen was announced as the grand prize winner of Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC), a mini-MBA program that equips select fashion designers with the business skills needed to successfully run a fashion label. Since then, the budding fashion designer has been busy designing new collections for her company, Chromat. Drawing from her training as an architect and urban designer, Becca creates garments for Chromat that are "structural...Read More
Fashion Manufacturing Initiative Winners Announced
As New York City kicks off New York Fashion Week (NYFW) , we are happy to announce—with Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray—the seven inaugural winners of the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI).
FMI is a $3 million public-private program, co-administered by NYCEDC and Council of Fashion Designers of America, that supports and promotes growth of small businesses in the city’s fashion and manufacturing sectors.
The seven winners will receive grants ranging from $46,000 to $150...Read More
NYC Fashion Fellows Accepting Applications for 2014 Program
Fashion Fellows meet Suzy Renkes at 92Y
Photo credit: Joyce Culver / 92Y
Applications for the second annual NYC Fashion Fellows program are currently being accepted! An initiative of the NYCEDC and 92Y, the year-long fellowship program is designed for rising stars in fashion management. Fellows receive mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, along with continuing education and career advancement workshops with industry professionals, in order to measurably accelerate their careers.
To apply for the 2014 program, candidates must be nominated...Read More
Announcing Second Class of Design Entrepreneurs NYC and Additional Funding from G-III Apparel Group
NYCEDC and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) announced the second class of New York City-based fashion companies selected for Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a free, intensive “mini-MBA” program that teaches emerging fashion designers how to run a successful label. The program, which will launch at a kickoff orientation and reception at the G-III Apparel Group (G-III) offices in Midtown, will take place during the summer at FIT, led by FIT faculty and other industry...Read More
Announcing the NYC Fashion Fellows Inaugural Class
NYCEDC and 92nd Street Y today announced the inaugural class of NYC Fashion Fellows, and the start of a year-long fellowship program for these rising stars in fashion management. The 20 fellows will receive executive-level mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, as well as continuing education workshops with industry professionals and their peers. The program will help fellows achieve the next stage of career growth, increase their value to their current employers, and strengthen New York City’s community of fashion...Read More
Design Entrepreneurs NYC Alumni Organize Holiday Sale for Sandy Relief
Nine alumni of the 2012 Design Entrepreneurs NYC program are reuniting to host NY DESIGNERS CARE, a pop-up holiday sample sale at Showroom NY on Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7. Alumni designers include: Sena, Verspertine, Cala Ossidiana,Read More