Fabric and Fashion Makes the New York Garment District

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At the center of New York, which some arguably class as the world's fashion capital, there is the world famous Garment District. A neighborhood in midtown west, the garment district spans for one square mile and contains a multitude of fashion design houses and businesses specializing in manufacturing. It's an important historical area of New York for many reasons.

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- Strangely the role New York took as the center of the nation's garment industry was by taken during a time of producing clothes for slaves working on Southern plantations, it was deemed by plantation owners that purchasing clothes from New York was more economical than having the slaves use their time and labor making the clothes.

- The American civil war also helped cement the fashion district with the requirement of military uniforms and clothing, which mostly came from New York, by the end of the 1860's, it was also a time where people were buying their clothing rather than making it themselves, this helped the district grow even more.

- By 1880 New York produced more garments than the next four competitive cities combined and by 1910, 70% of the nation's women's apparel and 40% of the men's was produced in New York.

- Because of its uniquely dense concentration of famous fashion design and manufacturing businesses the name New York Garment District was coined, other names it is famously known for are; the New York Garment Center, New York Fashion District, or New York Fashion Center.

- The garment district can be found between Fifth and Ninth Avenues and between 34th and 42nd Streets in the west side of midtown and is home to the majority of the city's showrooms and major fashion headquarters.

- With revenue of over $15 billion a year almost all of the most famous and well known fashion manufacturing and design houses and labels can be found within the fashion districts one square mile area.

- All aspects of the fashion process from design and production to wholesale selling is catered for in New York's Garment District and it boasts the densest concentration of fashion businesses in a single district of anything similar in the world.

- In the last 50 years there has been a decline in the garment manufacturing sector due to cheap foreign labor, this has seen a lot of manufacturing moved off-shore and into more economical parts of the world.

- Members of the New York fashion industry, including designers Nanette Lapore and Anna Sui, created Save the Garment Center to preserve the concentration of fashion industry-related businesses in the district. They say real estate pressures are driving apparel businesses out their homes in the district where they've set up shop for over a century. They are also opposed to the easing of New York's zoning laws which will allow more offices into the area.

- The New York Garment District is home to the Fashion Walk of Fame, the only permanent landmark dedicated to American fashion. Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, the Fashion Walk of Fame celebrates excellence in design by honoring the New York designers who have had a significant and lasting impact on the way the world dresses. Inductees to the Walk of Fame, located on 7th Avenue, include designers Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Halston, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, and Diane von Furstenberg.

Located in the middle of the Garment District is New York Fashion Center Fabrics which offers a consistent source of the finest first-quality fabrics available.

 

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