By  on January 10, 2012

Patricia Underwood and representatives from Ralph Lauren and Ann Taylor were among the first to check out City Source show, an expo dedicated to New York manufacturing that was hosted by the Fashion Institute of Technology Tuesday.

More than 700 visitors perused the 43 vendors that specialize in sample making, manufacturing, patternmaking, trimming, embroidery, printing and knitwear. And perhaps no one was as pleased by the turnout as Anthony Lilore, a founder of the Save the Garment Center initiative, who said American consumers need to be reminded of buying domestic-made goods. “One thing that has happened in this country is there is such a star worshipping mentality. But people are beginning to recognize there are different kinds of rock stars. And many work behind the scenes,” he said. “Look at the new McDonald’s commercial — it celebrates the farmer who grows the lettuce.”

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