IN THE HOOD: Yeohlee Teng welcomed members of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Couture Council to her West 38th Street boutique Thursday and talked shop with Valerie Steele. Asked about how her clothes relate to architecture, Teng said, “I regard clothing design as a form of shelter and that’s what architecture is. Both forms of discipline call for examining space.”

A loud voice in the ongoing Save the Garment Center campaign, the designer said most of her collection is made down the street. “I believe in Made in New York, Made in Midtown and Made in the USA. I really believe that is an important movement. Just as locally grown has gained so much traction, I hope locally made will.”

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In addition to cutting her carbon footprint by keeping the majority of her production in the neighborhood, Teng noted that she is a big believer in one-size-fits-all designs. “There is zero waste,” she said. “My core philosophy is, ‘Wear it to death.’”

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