FGFH Gowns for Good Made in America
FASHION GIRLS FOR HUMANITY (FGFH) is supporting Front-Line Medical Workers in the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). FGFH is raising funds towards their Gowns for Good Made in America initiative and will use their funding to support small businesses within the fashion and garment industries in the US that have pivoted their manufacturing to create PPE and in turn, donate the PPE produced in these factories to the hospitals with the most need nationwide.
MAYOR DE BLASIO REVEALS FIRST 7 FMI GRANTS
Mayor Bill de Blasio today marked the beginning of Fashion Week by announcing the inaugural round of winners of the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), a $3 million public-private program designed to support and promote the growth of small businesses in the city’s fashion and manufacturing sectors. At the CFDA Fashion Incubator in Manhattan’s Garment District, the mayor highlighted the city’s commitment to preserving and creating more jobs, as well as helping support local fashion manufacturers by making them more competitive in global markets.
ITAC: FACES OF MANUFACTURING
Over the years, In Style USA has worked with the best designers, with Pauline personally developing many of these relationships and collaborating closely with such well-known teams as the Calvin Klein and Donna Karan ones to ensure that their visions were brought to life. She worked very hard to maintain and grow her clients’ trust and in doing so, was instrumental in helping In Style USA build a loyal customer base. This same trust led some of the larger brands’ senior designers who eventually started their own clothing lines to continue working with Pauline and In Style USA once they left.
WWD: GARMENT DISTRICT FACES STEEP RISE IN HATE CRIMES
Shortened hours, safe walks, rideshares, and personal alarms are a new reality for Asian factory owners and fashion workers in and around Midtown. "The Garment District resides in the Midtown South Precinct, a once tourist-dense destination seeing robbery, assault, and burglary on a drastic rise. Garment workers and business owners in Midtown are unnerved by the increased crime generally, and Asian business owners and workers are feeling especially vulnerable given the heightened rise in hate crimes against Asian communities."
FACTORY SPOTLIGHTS: SUNRISE STUDIO & INSTYLE USA
Since 2013, the CFDA has been formally supporting the manufacturing community through our Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) which is aimed to elevate and preserve garment production in New York City To celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we caught up with two of our former FMI Grant Fund recipients Peter Chan of Sunrise Studio and Pauline Lock of In Style USA who share their insights into New York City production and tips for designers looking to produce locally.