1910: The Garment District centered around Madison Square, but opposition came from the Save New York Committee that wanted to maintain the tony atmosphere of the nearby shops on Fifth Avenue known as the Ladies’ Mile.
1919: Two sites along Seventh Avenue between West 36th and 38th Streets developed by the Garment Capitol Co., an association of 38 women’s apparel manufacturers, soon revitalized the vice-ridden area known as the Tenderloin.
1921-1926: More than $125 million was invested in constructing buildings such as 1372 Broadway — the first manufacturing site in what was being called Garment Town — as well as 498 and 500 Seventh Avenue.
1931: The Garment District had the largest concentration of apparel manufacturers in the world.
Fifties and Sixties: Buildings became specialized — 1385 Broadway was the bridal building, 498 and 530 Seventh Avenue housed dress companies and 500 and 512 Seventh Avenue were the coat buildings.
1973: Apparel production peaked at about 400,000 jobs in New York City, with erosion soon to come from the onset of the import era.
1987: Zoning law dedicates half of the space in the Garment District to apparel companies.
1994: The Fashion Center Business Improvement District is created, the first BID centered around a single industry. It runs from Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue and from West 35th Street to West 41st Street, funded by a 0.25 percent add-on to property taxes, with a $3 million first-year budget.
2000: The FCBID reports that for the first time, fashion firms are the minority of tenants in the district, as outsiders from industries such as advertising, technology and health, legal and educational services seek out the neighborhood’s affordable rents and convenience to public transportation.
2007: “Save the Garment Center” campaign kicks off with Pin Day and petitions to City Hall calling on preservation of the industry and neighborhood.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
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The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty