Everyone Can Take Action
Write to your elected individuals with your thoughts and ideas on how to strengthen NY’s Garment Center!
- Bill de Blasio
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
- Congressman Jerrold Nadler
- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
- Christine Quinn, Speaker of the City Council
- Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President
- Amanda Burden, New York City Department of City Planning
- Eric Johnson, New York City Economic Development Corporation
- Barbara Randall, Fashion Business Improvement District
Spread the Word
Spread the word about the importance of Made in NYC and Made in USA as it pertains to jobs and American innovation. According to the New York Industrial Retention Network: Manufacturing, jobs have a strong multiplier effect in a local economy. For many years, NYIRN has said that every manufacturing job creates at least another .7 jobs somewhere else in the local economy (ancillary jobs with suppliers, delivery companies, etc.)
Look at the label! Where is your clothing made? There are ramifications of wearing the clothing we wear and the products we buy no matter where they are designed and manufactured. Behind every product, there are real people whose livelihood depends on the purchase of that product. American made businesses can use all the help they can get to grow.
Important Statistics: A recent Moody’s Analytics report noted that if consumers spent an extra 1% on U.S. goods, they would create 200,000 jobs.
“Recent reports verified by Merrill Lynch indicate that if each American spent an extra $6.41 on U.S. made goods each week, this alone would create almost 1 million new jobs. This equates to less than one dollar per day to save the U.S.A.,” said Mark Bloome, founder of TAP America.
Buy American: A Dollar A Day Saves the U.S.A.
Commit to producing one or two lots here a month in a local factory to support those that helped you get started.
Gain exposure for your Made in NYC products as a give back to the local community.
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The Boston Consulting Group Study, Made in the USA, Again:
“We expect net labor costs for manufacturing in China and the U.S. to converge by around 2015. As a result of the changing economics, you’re going to see a lot more products ‘Made in the USA’ in the next five years.” “A number of companies, especially U.S.-based ones, are already rethinking their production locations and supply chains for goods destined to be sold in the U.S. For some, the economics have already reached a tipping point.”
“Every American Designer needs to stand up for America talent.” – Nanette Lepore
Students & Teachers
Speak with your teachers and colleagues about setting up programs to come to New York City, take a tour of the Garment Center, and learn how to utilize these resources to your advantage.
Promote education and awareness to help ensure a future for American designers.
Open up a clearly marked Made in NYC/Made in USA section.
Educate your sales staff to answer the ever increasing question of where a certain product is made.