About Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tour
Here’s your chance to really get behind the scenes of the world’s most glamorous industry – and to come away with insider bargains that you won’t find anywhere else.
Shop Gotham will take you on an escorted shopping expedition to six appointment-only designer showrooms in Manhattan’s Garment Center, the neighborhood that sets trends for the world. These are the same venues frequented by department store and boutique buyers, as well as fashion editors, and you will be paying the same wholesale prices as those industry insiders.
You’ll be shopping for accessories and apparel for the current season— and paying 50 to 70 percent below retail. These showrooms belong to a combination of established and emerging designers that sell to top stores, so you might find yourself picking up a trend-setting item from a lesser-known name that will soon be on everyone’s lips.
On your tour, you’ll learn about the inner workings of the industry and the historic neighborhood where designers have been whipping up the latest trends for generations. If a sample sale is happening during your tour, you’ll make a stop there, and you’ll get a list of the day’s other sample sales so you can make your own trip after the tour. You’ll glimpse the location where Project Runway contestants make their home during the show’s taping. And chances are, you’ll meet a designer or two and get a chance to ask some questions about how it all works.
Approximately three hours
2015 Blackout Dates
• January 2, 8, 15, 22, 29
• February 5, 12, 19, 26
• July 4
• September 3, 4
• November 27, 28
• December 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
Good for kids?
Recommended for visitors 18 and older
Did you know?
New York designers have banded together to help preserve this vital industry in New York by creating a nonprofit called Save the Garment Center. On the group’s website, designer Nanette Lepore is quoted saying, “I find working in this country so much more productive and efficient for my business.”
Pacific Trimming Location Information:
220 West 38th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018
Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tour
Begins: M&J Trimmings shop at 1008 6th Ave. between 37th and 38th St.
Ends: Depends on individual tour.
B, D, F, M to 34th St.