GIULIANI SALUTES GIDC: Mayor Rudolph Giuliani made a stop on Seventh Avenue last week and helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Garment Industry Development Corp. at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Addressing a crowd of about 75 apparel executives, the mayor said, “The industry makes tremendous contributions, in terms of jobs, to the budgets of the city and the state and helps set the tone of New York City by being a very special magnet that draws people here.”
The mayor also praised the Fashion Center Business Improvement District for making the area safer and cleaner and its effort to make it “easier to work here and draw people here,” and told the group he would be an active lobbyist for the industry in Albany and in Washington.
Among GIDC programs are worker and management skills training, marketing and export assistance, technology transfer initiatives and expert business services tailored to respond to the changing needs of the industry.
Jay Mazur, president of the ILGWU and treasurer of the GIDC, noted that while the manufacturing sector has lost jobs in the last 20 years, it remains the largest production sector in the city. Combined with the wholesale community, the garment industry employs about 170,000 workers at 4,500 firms and “pumps $14 billion a year into the local economy.”
FRENCH CONNECTION NABS BRONSTEIN: Robert Bronstein, formerly president of the Richard Warren division of The Warren Group, has been named executive vice president of French Connection.
In the new post, Bronstein will oversee sales and production for French Connection’s women’s, men’s and private label divisions, based at the firm’s showrooms at 512 Seventh Ave. in New York.
Bronstein reports to Michael Axelrod, president of French Connection.
A successor will not be named at The Warren Group.