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Made in Midtown: The Garment District Today and Tomorrow

Last month’s Spotlight on the Garment District programs were a resounding success, with more than 400 audience members joining in on the discussions on the future of New York City’s fashion industry. See slideshow below. The first panel, moderated by Tim Gunn, reinforced the significant findings of the Made in Midtown study conducted by the Design Trust for Public Space and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The speakers highlighted the district’s role as a fashion research and development hub, where the city’s fashion industry nurtures new talent while making significant contributions to the city’s economy. The second panel, moderated by Deborah Marton of the Design Trust, dealt more generally with the unique qualities of creative urban districts and how they might be sustained.

MAS plans to continue focusing on how the city’s built environment, the fashion ecosystem that interconnects the users and uses that make the Garment District so important, affects entrepreneurship and how the Garment District can be used more effectively to secure New York City’s position as a fashion capital of the world. Future programming planned for the fall will reflect on the ways in which foreign countries are reacting to the globalization of the industry, and how existing fashion capitals can stay competitive when emerging economies offer cheaper labor and lower production costs. MAS will look at the garment industry in several nascent fashion capitals in Asia to better understand the composition of the industry there and the national policies that promote it.