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SundayArts Fashion: Making Midtown
Posted: September 8th, 2011
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While the Fashion Week collections get their debuts in Damrosch Park, the heart of the fashion trade in Manhattan is in the Garment District. Making up an area roughly from 34th to 40th Streets between Broadway and Ninth Avenue, this area has been home to America’s fashion industry for more than 100 years. The business of manufacturing is a vital part of the fabric of New York, but it also happens to be one that’s in danger. Labor and production are increasingly shifting overseas, as factories and manufacturers face the challenges of a difficult economy. In 2009, the Design Trust for Public Space and the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed up to create Made in Midtown. SundayArts caught up with some of the players working to secure the neighborhood’s future as a flourishing center of American fashion.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.