A designer dinner.

Tucked away in an industrial section of Queens, N.Y., is a working factory where a handful of noncompeting yet complementary brands quietly create artisanal products.

This story first appeared in the March 30, 2016 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

In 2013, Knickerbocker Mfg. Co., rescued a 60-year-old manufacturing facility and set out to create its hats, accessories and workwear-inspired apparel.

Knickerbocker has since been joined by Slightly Alabama, a handcrafted leather goods line, as well as Poglia, a high-end knife and leather bag manufacturer.

That unique location served as the site of a private dinner where designers Kean Etro, John Elliott, Robert Geller, Tim Coppens and others came together for an acoustic guitar performance by a local musician, followed by a catered dinner in the middle of the factory floor.

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