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.

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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 to find industry resources, including a list of fashion incubators, supportive programs, and supplier directories. 

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.


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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.

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    Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI)

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    The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a $6M public-private partnership fund to support innovation and growth within New York City’s garment production industry.

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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.

  • Incubators and Coworking Spaces

    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. NYCEDC initially provided a three-year, $200,000 grant to help establish the Incubator, with the goal of it being self-sustaining after the three-year period—which it has currently achieved.

News & Updates

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.