NEW YORK — The New York City Economic Development Corp. is expected to unveil several initiatives today designed to bolster the city’s fashion industry and improve buyers’ experiences when in town for trade shows.
Buyers can now turn to a Web site, NYCFashionInfo.com, to find trade show schedules and contact information for more than 5,000 showrooms here. The free site will also have a print component called the NYC Fashion Wholesale Guide, which will be available at trade show venues such as Piers 92 and 94, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Starrett-Lehigh Building.
A new express shuttle service will also be tested during women’s fashion market week, which began Saturday. The shuttle will operate between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and make stops at West 39th Street and Seventh Avenue, trade show venues like the Piers and Javits and a stop in Midtown at West 53rd Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, where many hotels are located.
Seth Pinsky, president of the NYCEDC, said the goal is to allow buyers to visit more trade shows and showrooms.
“We cannot rest on our laurels and expect that we will always remain on top without continuous improvement,” said Pinsky. “Recognizing this, we are pleased to introduce our suite of initiatives designed to make the city more accessible for buyers, increase the number of showroom and trade show visits they can make per trip and provide an overall boost to local businesses.”
The initiatives stem from the findings of a study the NYCEDC carried out to identify growth opportunities for the city. According to the study, the wholesale fashion business generates more than $18 billion in direct spending with city businesses and pulls in more than 560,000 out-of-town visitors a year.
A survey of buyers found that nearly 90 percent felt there was no convenient resource providing the names, locations and contact information for city showrooms. Providing better transportation was listed as buyers’ top request. The city is also working with trade shows to establish show dates earlier andto better coordinate the shows.
“Given the current economic conditions here in the U.S., it is crucial that the city’s fashion industry has every extra edge it needs to remain the leader in the global marketplace,” said Barbara Randall, president of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District. “This program is an important step, and we look forward to helping it succeed and grow.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast