September 13, 2016
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY – Its fashion week in New York City. Fashion Week runs from September 8-15 and generates an economic impact of almost $1B for the New York City Metro Area. Twenty-three designers are now officially ‘Made in NY’, with 75 percent of their production made in the five boroughs.
“My grandmother got her start in this country sewing dresses. Fashion is part of the New York City story, and it’s a gateway to creativity and opportunity for thousands of New Yorkers. From workers cutting patterns in Sunset Park, to designers in Midtown, this industry is part of the city’s DNA. We are investing big to make sure the future of fashion is made right here in New York,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The NYC fashion industry, a $98 Billion industry, is one of the main drivers of the City’s economy with over 900 companies headquartered in the metro area employing over 182,000 people (over 5% of the City’s workforce) generating over $11B in wages and $1.9B in tax revenue annually. Fashion production represents over 30% of manufacturing jobs in the five boroughs, making New York City one of the largest centers of clothing manufacturing in the country. New York City is home to the world’s top fashion design school such as the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute and LIM College.
“Nobody knows fashion better than New Yorkers. The Made in NY brand is growing because the talent, creativity and energy here is unmatched, and because there is a real market demand for what our designers create. This administration is committed to investing in our designers and our workers, so we can grow this vital industry,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.
The Made in NY certification endows qualifying businesses with exclusive use of the distinguished “Made in NY” mark. Use of this mark will allow fashion brands to tangibly illustrate their commitment to local production and coalesce as a local community.