Fashion On The Factory Floor is a unique event highlighting the cutting edge talent in design and production emerging in New York City. The event is organized and curated by Pratt Center’s Made In NYC initiative with support from Manufacture New York, Save the Garment Center, and other leaders in New York’s fashion industry. Fashion on the Factory Floor will present a one of a kind opportunity for up and coming designers who are committed to local manufacturing to sell their goods directly to a large consumer audience. Jamestown Realty, one of New York’s largest owners of industrial real estate, will host Fashion on the Factory Floor in Industry City, a 6 million square foot industrial waterfront campus in Sunset Park Brooklyn. The event will run for two weekends in November, including November 23-24 and November 30 (Small Business Saturday) -December 1.
The approximately 80 designers featured at the event will showcase New York’s extraordinary wealth of design and production talent in apparel, accessories, and jewelry. Interested designers can apply through an online, open call application form and a group of leaders from New York’s fashion industry will make the selection. The unusual size, density and quality of the Factory Floor designers will attract locals and tourists alike to shop during the holiday season. The event aims to promote the Made In NYC brand and drive sales to local manufacturers during one of the most important consumer spending periods of the year.
New York City is home to an incredibly diverse and vibrant manufacturing sector with nearly 6,000 manufacturing businesses employing approximately 75,000 people. These jobs pay an average of $54,000 per year, significantly higher than service sector or retail jobs. After decades of decline, there is a resurgence in urban manufacturing tied to the deep design talent that resides in our cities and growing consumer support for locally made, environmentally sustainable fashion and a stronger local economy.
Despite this resurgence, few people are aware of the many innovative and exciting goods made within the five boroughs. In addition to being able to purchase goods at the Factory Floor visitors will learn about the manufacturing sector through live demonstrations, information sessions, and interactions with an industrial landscape. This exposure to manufacturing processes will inform visitors about the importance of local manufacturing, and what it takes to make a product in NYC.
Made In NYC is the leading hub for industrial and manufacturing information in New York City, and the only directory of businesses who manufacture within the five boroughs. Made In NYC supports over 1,000 designers and manufacturers by connecting them with customers and services to grow business and create jobs.