Saving the Garment District

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As an idea towards the cause of saving the garment district in NYC a physical space by the name of Source 530 was envisioned.

Source 530 recognizes the need to connect designers and manufacturers through one collaborative hub to create economic value in the garment district. The central hub will be a space where members from the fashion industry can meet face to face, build connections, experience processes, share stories and build reputation, to collectively revitalize the legacy of the garment district.

Source 530 will serve as a one-stop-shop offering services to designers such as a database of surrounding factories, pattern makers, markers & graders, seamstresses, skilled workers, and other services and facilities. It will also provide education and training programs to manufacturers,
jobbers and other members of Source 530. Leveraging the existing talent and craftsmanship in the district by infusing it with necessary networks and collaboration can bolster the economic potential of this area both in district output and end-user engagement. This will position New York as a leader with in the global garment industry.

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Saving the Garment District

  1. 1. the empire’s new clothes REALIGNING THE GARMENT DISTRICT aditi mukherjee, rené ng, scott irwin, cinthia brake, adam zoltowski, francine seibald pratt design management, 2011
  2. 2. design MANUFACTURE
  3. 3. designer SEWING MACHINE OPERATORS, TEXTILE CUTTERS, MACHINE SETTERS, OPERATORS AND TENDERS, PATTERN MAKERS, INSPECTORS, TESTERS, SORTERS, SAMPLERS AND WEIGHERS, TEXTILE KNITTERS, WEAVERS, DYERS, EMBROIDERERS, PLEATERS, PACKERS, FOLDERS, PRESSERS
  4. 4. 2000 - 2010THE APPAREL INDUSTRYlost 72.2% jobs• 2000 = 67,200 people• 2010 = 18,700 peoplea loss of 48,500skilled personnelhttp://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/stdemand.asp
  5. 5. WITHOUT THRIVINGBUSINESS ACTIVITYIN THE DISTRICT, THE CITYHAS LOST AT LEAST$30,125,806IN TAX REVENUE SINCE 1994.- rebny15% of all space in the garmentdistrict lies vacant today.- design trust for public space
  6. 6. aha!
  7. 7. SUSTAINABILITY + SOURCE4STYLE MISSION + INITIATIVES +EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS + FINANCIAL VIABILITY + ZONING +PHYSICAL SPACE + MANUFACTURING + DESIGN = OPPORTUNITY
  8. 8. BUSINESSES REQUIRE PEOPLE
  9. 9. PEOPLE MAKE CONNECTIONSBETTER FACE TO FACE
  10. 10. PEOPLE UNDERSTAND BETTERWITH EXPERIENCES
  11. 11. EXPERIENCES LEADTO STRONGER STORIES
  12. 12. STORIES BUILDREPUTATION AND LEGACY
  13. 13. PEOPLE • FACE-TO-FACE • EXPERIENCES •STORIES • REPUTATION • LEGACY
  14. 14. phase ONE
  15. 15. a catalyst for coalitions - SOURCE 530
  16. 16. office space for source4style
  17. 17. space for training
  18. 18. space for conferences
  19. 19. multipurpose spaces for events
  20. 20. trade shows
  21. 21. incubating new talent
  22. 22. curated advertising projecting the light installations activities inside
  23. 23. connects designers acts as a resource for educates designersto manufacturers people who want to learn on the manufacturing manufacturing skills process
  24. 24. brings all the actors in fashion industry multi-use spaces can bethe value chain together collaboration hub used for education, gathers and showcases conventions and for the innovative capacity industrial purposes of nyc
  25. 25. attracts the affluent filters finances back opportunity to rezonewith disposable income to the manufacturers parts of the district, such as the street level, for high-dollar use
  26. 26. recommendationsfor phase ONE
  27. 27. vision to REALITYpublic private partnershipscreate a source 530operational boardconduct feasibility studyuse zoning creatively
  28. 28. ppp precedenceGovernment ServicePrivate Business Venturewhich is funded and operated through aPartnership of Governmentand one or more Private Sector Companies.JFK air trainJFK terminal 4NYC street furniture with cemusagovernor david paterson has formed acommission to study PPPs and examinewhere they may benefit new york.
  29. 29. EDC • MACY’S • FCBID • SOURCE4STYLEppp recommendation for source530
  30. 30. NANETTE LEPORE • MACY’S • UNITE HERE • S4S + ADVISORSoperational board of source530
  31. 31. examine how the tangible space tends to the physical vision.explore the viability from a financial point of view.feasibility report
  32. 32. zoning currently protects properties inside the garment district.zoning does not apply to the property along 7th avenue.for space530 between 38th st & 39th st, zoning may be waived.creative zoning
  33. 33. reach out to greater design industry, creating new networks and furtherraising awarenessconduct a competition to design the space
  34. 34. phase TWO
  35. 35. use space530 as a catalyst to transform the street (39th street)act as an area for conferences, workshops, and events around fashionbecome a fashion ecosystemvalue for the street
  36. 36. bring in fashion tourismbring in new businesses that will help the street thrivebrand the street making the area a destinationvalue for the city
  37. 37. recommendationsfor phase TWO
  38. 38. vision to REALITYexpand the ppp to include hotelspropose tax incentives to the citymake new usage adherencerecommendationsfilter money back to source 530
  39. 39. hotels bring in experience in space management and running eventspromote events and conferenceswill benefit from fashion tourismcan differentiate itself by associating itself with the garment district and source 530expand ppp + hotels
  40. 40. tax incentives for manufacturersneed dedicated tax incentives, similar to those that exist for filme.g. “made in ny” film incentivestax incentives
  41. 41. the city could selectively rezone certain parts of the streetthis would allow for new use of manufacturing spacezoning could also be used to dictate the types of ancillary businesses on the streete.g.you can open up an independent coffee shop, but not a mcdonald’szoning
  42. 42. people face-to-face • experiences stories • legacysustainability • s4s mission • initiatives • existing partnerships • financial viability zoning • physical space • manufacturing • design

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