The time has come to say our goodbyes and pass the torch. We, the Garment Girls, are done with our internship at the fashion center. We’ve decided to compile one last post of everything we’ve learned, seen, and taken in during our summer here. Let’s start with some misconceptions. Everyone thinks that factories don’t exist in New York City, and personally we did too. We were not only shocked to learn that they still exist, but were also surprised at the amount there are within the district! Flowers, pleats, costumes, and more! Factories are within these sky high towers!
We were also surprised to find out the immense access that any person has to the local businesses. It’s not just wholesale, it’s retail as well. While some of our adventures were planned ahead of time, most of our discoveries were completely spontaneous. DON’T BE AFRAID! Go in and ask questions. There’s more that meets the eye; a lot of wonderful spots are above ground level i.e. Om Factory Yoga Studio and Bellydance America.
In addition to our daily adventures in the district, we got a chance to gain many other experiences. Bike deliveries for Tour de Fashion gave us the opportunity to admire plenty of designer studios and meet people like Nicole Miller and Prabal Gurung! While manning the front desk and kiosk we were able to interact with a lot of different people and put our new Garment District knowledge to the test!
While there were many fun times in and out of the office there were definitely some trickier tasks we had to handle. Happen to see two girls struggling with bikes and baskets on the subway recently? Yep, that was us. Also, while some of our superiors were on vacation we had to handle new tasks. Apparently they’re hard workers haha. Don’t feel toooo bad for us, in reality, we were spoiled. Think about it; we came in to work and were expected to check out sample sales and eat food…what more could you want?
We could not be more grateful for everyone that helped us along the way. We’ve loved every second of being the Garment Girls. Interning at the Fashion Center opened our eyes to the extreme diversity of opportunities in the district. We would like to thank all of the businesses that allowed us to explore and feature them! The hospitality they offered was astounding and their support has been crucial to our success. Special thanks to Melissa Hall and Erica Wolf from Nanette Lepore for their extra help and enthusiasm. Also special thanks to Ryan, Leigh, and the rest of the Fashion Center BID for giving us the wonderful chance to actively engage in this great district!
This won’t be the last of the Garment Girls! Despite our departure, the Fashion Center is looking for other great interns to carry on the Garment Girls legacy! If you’re interested check out the link below to apply!
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The Garment Girls