By  on February 6, 2014

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio may be only a month into his administration, but he made it loud and clear Thursday that the fashion industry has a friend in City Hall.

Affable and at times offhandedly funny during a press conference at the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator, the mayor eased up on the jokes when discussing his commitment to building local apparel manufacturing. Speaking poignantly about how his maternal grandmother made her way in America by starting an embroidery business, de Blasio said new generations of immigrants still consider a job in fashion to be the gateway to a better life. The more than 180,000 people working in New York City’s fashion industry generate wages of nearly $11 billion a year. “That’s really money where I come from,” he said.

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