The Fashion Center’s Garment District Walking Tour: 7 Interesting Teasers

On The Fashion Center BID’s free Garment District Walking Tour, Mike Kaback, a bona fide garmento and founder of MikeNYC Tours, you’ll get an overview of the history of fashion in New York spanning from the late 1800s to present day. He’ll also tell you about current landmarks like the Big Button kiosk that can be used to find information on showrooms and fashion resources like fabric and trim suppliers and throw in interesting nuggets like how the holes on the button form the letter F for fashion. You’ll stop by a few spots on the Fashion Center Walk of Fame to look at plaques of prominent designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren and learn about their impact on American fashion.

In 5 minutes, you’ll probably get chills, find a greater appreciation for fashion in New York and if you haven’t already done so, fall for this great city. We don’t want to give away the entire tour, but here are 7 teasers to get you excited:

1.  Mike will discuss New York’s flags and seals and how they give a nod to the industry and also explain why the city’s resources were well-suited to establish Manhattan as the fashion capital.

2. You’ll learn about the Tenderloin District, the name of the area before it was dubbed the Garment District and how factories made their transition from the Lower East Side to where some are still today.

3. He’ll discuss the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, one of the biggest “industrial disasters” in history and its implication on building and fire codes today.

4. Snap coat? flocking? Yes, you’ll get acquainted with a few new fashion words and their origin along with some Yiddish terms that can only give you an edge in New York.

5. He’ll talk about Rowland Hussey Macy, the founder of Macy’s and why they use the red start that can be seen on the flagship Herald Square building and all of their branding.

 6. 7th Avenue and Broadway, who knew that these streets were broken down by category, price point and types of retailers that visited these showrooms and how for the most part, this still holds true today.

7. The tour will cover Ely Jacques Kahn, the architect of 1410 Broadway and over 30 buildings in the area and why residential homes on the Upper West Side mirror the Upper East Side

In two hours, you’ll get a jammed packed history session of the Garment District, and if you still have questions, Mike probably knows more about the area than one can imagine.

Learn more about the free walking tours at the Fashion Center BID and check out Mike’s information at www.mikesnyctours.com Emerging designer? Please feel free to contact me at hello@themergingdesigner.com

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