NEW YORK — Using city streets for runway shows, turning loading docks into pop-up stores, creating a NYC-Made logo and offering manufacturers tax incentives are among the suggestions presented in the Making Midtown study that was released Wednesday.
With help from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Design Trust for Public Space spent three years analyzing the Garment District’s impact on New York City. While sustaining manufacturing as the industry’s core remains a key objective, the study calls for unleashing the neighborhood’s real estate value which has an incremental annual economic impact of $340 million. Design Trust’s executive director Susan Chin said her group is proposing “a model for an urban creative district that leverages rather than replaces the presence of manufacturing.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"