By  on August 26, 2008

Thanks to Mood Fabrics’ five-season stint on “Project Runway,” millions of Americans know just where to go for silk, cotton and you-name-it by the yard in New York’s Garment District. And the 40,000-square-foot textile mecca, run by Jack Sauma and his sons, Eric and Philip, isn’t just for show. It’s been serving designers on-camera and off for 18 years. Here, the trio talks to WWD about textiles, TV and becoming an unlikely tourist trap.

WWD: How has “Project Runway” affected your business?

Eric Sauma: It’s had a great impact on us. It picked up our retail. A lot of smaller clients come in now. A lot of tourists come in. We have busloads. Fifty at a time, 70 at a time almost daily. There’s one guy whose company is called Mike’s Project Runway Tour.

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