NEW YORK — The ongoing rejuvenation of the city’s apparel manufacturing and design communities will serve up a special event — “Fashion on the Factory Floor” — taking place for two weekends this month in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn.
The event is being organized and curated by the Pratt Center’s Made in NYC initiative with support from Manufacture New York, Save the Garment Center and other leaders in New York’s fashion industry. “Fashion on the Factory Floor” will present an opportunity for up-and-coming designers who are committed to local manufacturing to sell their goods directly to a large consumer audience. Jamestown Properties, one of New York’s largest owner of industrial real estate, will host the event at Industry City, a six-million-square-foot industrial waterfront campus at 241 37th Street in Sunset Park. The event will run for two weekends, Nov. 23 and 24 and Nov. 30 (Small Business Saturday) and Dec. 1.
About 80 designers will showcase their apparel, accessories and jewelry at the event. Interested designers can apply through an online, open-call application form, and a group of leaders from New York’s fashion industry will make the selection. The event aims to promote the Made in NYC brand and drive sales to local manufacturers during one of the most important consumer spending periods of the year.
Bob Bland, founder and chief executive officer of Manufacture New York, said, “There is such a talented generation of new fashion entrepreneurs.…These designers want their products to say ‘Made in USA,’ and to be manufactured in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. This event will introduce shoppers to a wide range of cutting-edge emerging designers, which will have the added benefit of creating and supporting skilled jobs in New York City. What a great gift for the holiday season.”
New York City is home to a diverse and vibrant manufacturing sector with nearly 6,000 manufacturing businesses employing about 75,000 people, organizers noted. These jobs pay an average of $54,000 a year, significantly higher than service sector or retail jobs.
In addition to being able to purchase goods at the Factory Floor, visitors will learn about the manufacturing sector through live demonstrations, information sessions and interactions with an industrial landscape. This exposure to manufacturing processes is intended to inform visitors on the importance of local manufacturing and what it takes to make a product in New York City.
Made in NYC is the leading hub for industrial and manufacturing information in the city, with a comprehensive directory of businesses that manufacture within the five boroughs. The group supports more than 1,000 designers and manufacturers by connecting them with customers and services to grow business and create jobs. More information about the programs and event can be found at madeinnyc.org, factoryfloorbrooklyn.com and manufactureny.org.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye