It’s not always easy finding the resources you need when starting your line or getting ready for your next collection. Perhaps it’s a pattern-maker, a specific color of leather or maybe you’re interested in showroom representation. Sourcing is time consuming and and if you are a novice, it can be a little daunting if you don’t know where to start.
For any designer, I recommend using the Fashion Center BID as a resource whether you are in or out of NYC. Many of you may know the Fashion Center as the ‘Big Button’ which is located on the corner of 7th and 39th and houses a kiosk manned with an expert that will help you find resources in the Garment Center. You can also call, email or use the Fashion Information Database online. The database is easy to use, and allows you to drill down to specific resources by using keywords like handbag contractors or silk shantung. With over 4,000 listings in the database, you are most likely to find what you need. Or, if you want to see some of their top picks, download the Fashion Center’s Source Book.
Aside from the Big Button, the Fashion Center has helped shape the Garment Center with a variety of initiatives. They created the Fashion Walk of Fame which is the only monument to honor American fashion designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta on 7th Avenue (also known as Fashion Avenue) from 35th to 41st Street. Last Summer, they developed the Sidewalk Catwalk exhibit by partnering with 30 NYC designers to adorn the Garment Center on Broadway.
Their most recent initiative is the Emerging Designer group that gives designers a forum to share resources, listen to speakers and learn from each other. It’s free to join and meets once a month at the Fashion Center and have covered topics such as how to legal advice that every designer show know, how to break into blogging and educational resources like the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Tools of the Trade program.
Learn more about the Fashion Center and follow their insightful and hilarious Twitter @FashionCenterNY. Oh, and for the latest news, check out their blog by written by the Summer interns, The Garment Girls.