Fashioning a New Business Model

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Local fashion designer Bob Bland is on a mission to transform “Made in the USA” into this season’s most coveted label, beginning with on-the-rise talent here in New York City.

“We have to encourage designers and manufacturers to come back to New York City and want to design here,” she says.

Bland, 30, has been working full-time for months on Manufacture New York, which she says will be the city’s first all-in-one fashion design house and factory. The incubator-production hybrid, which will host a launch party later this month, will not only be a haven for indie designers but a public showcase for what it takes to produce clothing that’s manufactured locally.


An Eye for the Runway

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Claire Thompson puts the art of fashion on paper, sketching runway shows as they happen.

Illness nearly robbed the 24-year-old artist of her sight a few years ago. But an operation saved her from blindness, giving her a career and a new way of seeing life.

Runaway Brides Dash for Dresses

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Brides-to-be, soggy after waiting in the rain for hours, ran into Loehmann’s seeking discounted designer gowns as part of the Chelsea store’s  “Grab the Gown” promotion.

Gown seekers and their families dashed up two flights of stairs into what seemed to be never-ending aisles of white, filled with 800 gowns, including designs from Christian Wu and Demetrios, among others. Gowns that retail for up to $11,000 went for $1,000 or less. The event teamed Loehmann’s and cable network WEtv, which features several bridal-related shows.


Fashion Meets Art at Festival

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Forget Soho or Chelsea – the so-called fashion capital of the United States is welcoming a new crowd of artists. Some 100 gallery exhibits, open studios and workshops are showcasing New York’s creative energy in this year’s annual Fashion District Arts Festival.



A New Class of School Uniforms

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Green Comes Into Fashion

Friday, September 23rd, 2011