Learn the Rich History of the Garment District

There is so much going on in the New York City fashion world that it’s easy to forget what a rich history it has. NYC’s Garment District is recognized in fashion circles around the world, but how many Americans really know about its origins and accomplishments?

1955: Men pulling racks of clothing on busy sidewalk in Garment District, New York City/World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Ravenna.

Running about a square mile from 35th to 41st streets, and between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, the Garment District was established in the 1880s and helped meet the demands for mass produced clothing. The area offered a large and talented labor force, as well as some extremely skilled designers.

The output and quality coming from the area quickly established it as a major force. By 1910, almost ¾ of women’s clothes sold in the United States originated from the Garment District. More than 100 factories cranked out product that was shipped everywhere and the area prospered for decades. However, by the 1980s, the influence of cheap overseas labor began to affect sales and the recent trend towards outsourcing hurt even more.

There’s a mix of fashion, tech, and real estate concerns nowadays, with less than 50% of the tenants making clothes. Thankfully, its main history as one of fashion’s preeminent hubs survived a recent attempt to rebrand the area. A new title might have better reflected the new industrial diversity, but it would also have robbed NYC of perhaps its greatest designer brand name. Best of all, thanks to a combination of factors, these manufacturers are enjoying a resurgence that should help guarantee the Garment District’s role in fashion for decades to come.

Interested in learning more of the Garment District’s history firsthand? Sign up for the Free Walking Tour. Hosted by Michael Kaback, who got his start there in 1965, the following dates are still available:

Sunday, November 19 @2PM
Thursday, December 14 @10AM
Friday, December 22 @10AM
Wednesday, January 3 @10AM
Sunday, January 21 @2PM
Sunday February 11 @2PM
Thursday, February 22 @10AM

Coach Introduces the Coach X Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag

Coach has recently accounted the launch of Coach X Selena Gomez, a new collection in partnership with the actress and singer. The collection features the Selena Grace, a bag designed by Selena in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers, the offering also includes small leather goods and accessories available for a limited time.

The Selena Grace

The Selena Grace is a double-handled carryall named after the star and the quality she most embodies. A staple that reflects Gomez’s effortless all-American style, its a go-everywhere bag built for real life. The Selena Grace features Gomez’s personal touches : a hangtag with her signature and a story patch sewn inside with her empowering message : “To be you is to be strong.” The bag is further customized with “Love yourself first” in Selena’s handwriting—a phrase inspired by one of her tattoos—embossed onto the base of the bag.Coach Inc Selena Gomez Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Selena Grace comes from a legacy of American authenticity, craftsmanship and unfussy luxury for which Coach is known, imbued with a youthful new personality. It is available in three exclusive colors: Selena Black Cherry, Selena White and Selena Red. The collection also includes bag charms, wallets and the Selena Wristlet.

Additionally, Coach is offering customers a chance to win one of 150 signed Selena Grace bags, as well as one grand prize: A signed bag and a trip for two to meet Gomez in person at the Coach House flagship store in New York on September 13. Customers can enter for a chance to win at Coach.com or at any U.S. Coach retail store from Friday, August 4, to Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Denim That Moves You – American Eagle Outfitters Unveils the New American Jean Campaign for Fall’17

American Eagle Outfitters debuts its campaign for Fall 2017 with an inspiring cast and innovate denim. The New American Jean, is a collection of denim including new fits, washes and fabrications, is made to move without compromising design. As a recognized leading denim destination, the American Eagle Outfitters’ back-to-school collection marks its largest denim offering yet, with a range of 15 fits for women and 11 for men.

The New American Jean

The campaign features a cast of millennials from varied industries and backgrounds including model/actress/vlogger, Amanda Steele, bull rider-model, Bonner Bolton, professional basketball player-artist, Brandon Ingram, model-inclusivity activist, Halima Aden, model-body positive activist, Iskra Lawrence , and rapper-actor Joey Bada$$. The cast in unretouched and shown in a positive and motivational light.

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As an anthem for this generation, the brand selected A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” as the soundtrack for the campaign. Each cast member pays tribute to the iconic record by showing how they “kick it” in The New American Jean.

New fits and styles for fall include five rises in the best-selling Jegging, new destroyed washes and the brand’s interpretation of the Tom Girl and Mom Jean for women. For men, the brand debuts extended black denim, slimmer fits and an expanded assortment of its popular flex denim.

Premier Menswear Shows Project and MRKet Return for Spring/Summer’18

Fresh off New York Fashion Week; Men’s the S/S ’18 season of PROJECT and MRket opened on Sunday, July 16th and ran until Tuesday July 18th, bringing a distinct approach to fashion trends in the marketplace.

PROJECT and MRket will provide an intimate buying experience balancing both the contemporary menswear offering with a sophisticated US and international assortment of tailored sportswear and accessories.

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At this season’s New York Men’s Day, PROJECT previewed five designer collections from notable menswear brands from within The TENTS including M. Singer, Thaddeus O’Neil, WRK, Michael Bastian, and Flaherty. MRket offers an introspective look into the trends of the marketplace allowing buyers to shop what’s next in the menswear lifestyle category presenting new and emerging designers for men. Showcasing brands include Jean Lorent, Stolen Riches, STANTT, and Avenue 33.
PROJECT continues to support and foster emerging designers through its ongoing partnership with Parsons School of Design. The ‘Next In Class’ program is a unique opportunity for emerging designers as it provides a platform for recent Parsons BFA graduates, arming them with the educational experience and exposure to break into the marketplace.

Runway Show for Charity Raises More Than $160,000

Th“The Runway,” a contemporary, lunchtime fashion show presented by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), raised more than $160,000 to support their campaign 2017 Daisy Days.

More than 375 donors, clinicians and friends of CHOP attended the event on May 16 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The show was curated by Philadelphia’s trendsetters and taste-makers. The Runway showcased stylish and up-to-the-minuet trends created by the areas top fashion experts.

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The runway looks were modeled by local celebrities and hospital supporters. These beautiful look were created by talented designers like, Joan Sheep, Kirna Zabete, Lilly Pulitzer and Skirt.

Integrative Health is a groundbreaking CHOP program that aligns cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition and diet, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, Reiki and aromatherapy in a new, data-driven approach to patients’ medical treatments. Integrative health techniques can complement the treatment of patients in specialty areas such as gastroenterology, neurology, oncology and orthopedics, and treatments have resulted in remarkable breakthroughs, including lower stress, a reduced need for medication or invasive therapies and faster healing.

Sarijdjo Sisters Launch Jewelry and Accessory Business in Benefit of Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis

Based virtually out of Manhattan, New York, Maiya Kim and Yudhisty Saridjo opened their jewelry and accessory shop – Sarijdjo in May of this year. Saridjo was founded by sisters who share a passion of symbolic, cultural and fashionable jewelry in the US. They are providing unique products with cultural heritage and being able to give back to charity and humanitarian causes around the world.


Maiya and Yudhisty are using their past experience, knowledge and skills in their new business venture. Yudhisty has over ten years of fashion accessory design experience and together they are able to form a unique and rich business in the fashion industry.

There jewelry designer are inspired from emotional and cultural ties to North Africa, Middle East and South East Asia. Most of their products are entered around the Evil Eye and Hamsa Hand collections. These are the focal point of Saridjo’s affordable fashion accessories because of the founders international experiences from the region.

Both Maiya and Yudhisty take inspiration from the message of the Evil Eye and Hamsa collections. As part of their commitment to a more hopeful and peaceful world, the sisters—through Saridjo—share some of their proceeds to humanitarian charities around the world. One such passion is for the world refugee crisis and the families and citizens that could use more peace in their lives.