Need to find a factory, pattern maker or thinking about working with a showroom? Or, do you want to get smart on the fashion business and your particular market segment? I bet these are some of the questions that cross your mind, and of course, are on your to-do list. The question becomes where to seek out these resources as you try to balance everything else. Whether you’re in New York or want to do business in the fashion capital, here are 3 trusted fashion resources for designers that you should use.
NYC Fashion Info
This comprehensive website provides you with information on New York fashion news, production resources, New York Fashion Week and educational programs. NYC Fashion Info is brought to you by NYCEDC, a government organization that is constantly developing new initiatives for designers like the Design Entrepreneurs Program and the NYC Fashion Production Fund. On the site, you can search their showroom directory and NYC Fashion Market Week schedule to get a better grasp on your specific category. To make it easy on yourself, be sure to sign up for their newsletter that will keep you on the pulse of what’s happening in New York.
Learn more at NYC Fashion Info
The Fashion Center BID
We’ve covered the Fashion Center before and love all of their resources. From their fashion directory, free walking tours and support for design talent, they are integral to the fashion community. If you’re in the Garment Center, be sure to check out their Big Button information kiosk located at 7th avenue ant 39th Street if your looking for fabrics, suppliers or even a place to eat. And, if you’re an emerging designer, sign up to their free emerging designer group that brings together a community of entrepreneurs and has monthly meetings featuring industry speakers.
Learn more at the Fashion Center BID
Made In New York City
Made in NYC is an excellent resources for local businesses to list their company information and to find manufactures that are proudly made in New York. Resources are broken down by industries and services such as apparel, jewelry, food and printing companies so you can get drill down to specific vendors like finding a mold maker or company to create your lookbook. They are also committed to nurturing environmentally friendly resources and have specified certified vendors with a green apple.
Learn more at Made In NYC
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