By  on September 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Fashion Institute of Technology have awarded its 2014 Design Entrepreneurs NYC awards to the respective founders of ITA handbags and BEX NYC intimate apparel.

The program wraps up on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiling three city-backed initiatives geared to strengthen the fashion industry and its homegrown companies. This winter, the city’s “Made in NY” label will be stretched to include fashion designers and manufacturers that are based in the five boroughs. At the fashion week launch cocktail party he hosted at Gracie Mansion earlier this month, the mayor also revealed the first recipients of the new $2 million NYC Fashion Production Fund and introduced the NYC Capsule Collection.

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