On the eve of New York Fashion Week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Made in NY fashion initiative in partnership with Made Fashion Week to an intimate crowd at Milk Studios.
“It’s important to wear fashion designed in New York City” he proclaimed.
A rally from him and Mazdak Rassi, co-Founder of Milk Made, a fashion week showcase that allows up and coming designers to present their collections without charge was the kickoff to a full year of programming that will enhance the industry.
Led by the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the city will triple its investment in fashion initiatives giving $15 million to various categories needed to make the city thrive including scholarships, paid internships, support to emerging designers, purchase order financing and manufacturing. A new dedicated website lays out the plans.
Currently, the city’s fashion industry employees 180,000 people and has approximately a $900 million dollar economic impact to the city.
Guests in attendance included Diane von Furstenberg, Fern Mallis, Steven Kolb, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Stan Herman, Andrew Rosen and Gary Wassner.
The mayor ended with a quote by the late Oscar de la Renta, that not only paid respect to the iconic designer, but gave a nod to the way New York City moves, “the greatest thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.”
Learn more and see how brands can participate at Made in NY.
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