The New York City Garment District is arguably one of the most important economic centers in the city, and an absolutely vital resource for NYC based fashion brands large and small. The Garment District, and as an extension, the entire NYC fashion industry, is now at risk as Mayor De Blasio and the NYC EDC are considering rezoning the garment district to allow landlords to push manufacturing out of their buildings for the first time in centuries.
With 11 billion dollars in business in NYC alone every year, fashion is one of America’s few remaining manufacturing industries, and unarguably one of the major industries of the city. The Garment District offers something unique and incredibly valuable – a dense area where an entire industry lives and thrives.
The entire garment creation process, from design to development to production and not to mention the ability to source any material imaginable takes place in just a few square blocks, with educational centers close by as well. Post-Development, designers can get their collections graded, plotted, and marked at Create-a-Marker, fabrics bonded and fused at Quick Fusing, production yardage cut at Sun Fay and garments sewn and finished at one of hundreds of factories. The close proximity of service providers and materials vendors is absolutely imperative to the nurturing of new brands and the continued growth of existing companies of all sizes. Furthermore, artisan workers in the garment district manufacture not only luxury garments, but items you might not even think of at first – custom fabric flowers at M & S Schmalberg, customized hardware at Edicate Fastenings, and the most gorgeous custom embroidery at New York Embroidery Studio.
Keeping the garment district alive and dense is absolutely essential for the American fashion industry and New York City economy. Moving the garment district would mean massive job loss, as many companies would be priced out, pushed out, and would close down rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars to gamble on a relocation attempt by city government that has already failed twice before.
Please, do your part and sign the Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio to show your support of the Garment Center and go AGAINST new zoning laws.
Further, if you are available Wednesday March 22, 2017, join us for a meeting with fellow industry workers at SGI USA NY Culture Center, 7 East 15th Street 5th Floor, at 6:15pm.