We are dedicated to mentoring + training NYC designers, and transforming local production into the most innovative option for all.
What is Manufacture New York?
Manufacture New York is a fashion incubator dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources + skills to streamline their production process and transform local manufacturing into the most affordable, innovative option for all. We are also a diverse community of creatives who are already sharing resources + working together to make this project a reality.
In the last two decades, the United States has lost 80% of its apparel manufacturing jobs, and the decline of the Garment District in NYC is a visible sign of these crippling losses.There isn’t enough support available for emerging designers in the fashion industry currently. We need to join together as a community of independent fashion creatives, engage the public & use our collective voice to resurrect apparel manufacturing for a new generation. Demand for affordable, consistent local production is high, and yet we continue to lose jobs to overseas factories that are facing worker unrest and a desire for higher wages themselves.
This is a uniquely 21st century problem, so why not develop an unprecedented solution unlike anything else available in the USA? Our headquarters already include a fully-equipped sampling room and classroom space (open to the public), and we are expanding to include comprehensive manufacturing facilities, private studios for rent and a state-of-the art computer lab complete with the industry’s latest software for design + production. We will also offer a dedicated area for experimentation with environmentally-friendly fabric washes, dyeing, finishes and special textile applications. We want to make sure that fashion designers making locally are covered from concept to completion, and that's why we need you to get involved with the project.
If we achieve our goal of raising $50,000 on Kickstarter by Black Friday (November 23rd, 2012), it will allow us to help at least 100 independent fashion designers in our first year alone.
The funds from this Kickstarter campaign will go directly to materials, resources + equipment so participating designers can join Manufacture New York, create their latest collections and present them to buyers at New York Fashion Week in September 2013. We are dedicated to making this shared vision a reality, but we simply cannot do it without your help!
Do you love helping small businesses? Do you love fashion + innovative design? Do you think its essential that we bring jobs back to our local communities? The donate whatever you can, and help us MOVE THE INDUSTRY FORWARD today.
Who We Are
Bob Bland, Founder + Director
A Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur and community art advocate. Her brand, Brooklyn Royalty, was founded in 2006. Also a professional apparel + graphic designer with previous experience at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Triple Five Soul, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic. Starting + running indie startup businesses is not new to Bob, she also created The Arsenal, an all-inclusive cultural event space and Kingdom, NYC's first bar + boutique stocking all USA-made products from local designers.
Kaci Head, Co-Director + Partner
The designer behind Apartment 4B, an innovative boutique label specializing in quality leather accessories + Brooklyn Fashion League, a studio space to support, inspire and promote independent fashion designers, stylists and photographers through community and collaboration.
Gina Tron, PR Director
Vanessa Londono, Video Producer
Bryce Payne, Manager
Jeff Ramos, Social Media Consultant
Shooting a video that captured the variety of challenges that designers face was challenging, and we would be nowhere without the invaluable support of the following people + places:
Vanessa Londono (Producer, Camera, Editor)
Ed Mundy (Motion Graphics)
Pete Roessler (Lighting, Assistant Camera)
Buffi Jashanmal, Project Runway Season 10
Jayson Ramos, The Craftmen
Kaci Head, Apartment 4B + Brooklyn Fashion League
Ronnie Yoked, MalcaBK
Bob Bland, Brooklyn Royalty
Pete Roessler of Shoot Me Peter
Darryl Calmese of Art-X Photography
Rick Louis of Ricardo Louis Photography
Thank you for helping us make our Kickstarter campaign — not to mention the world’s introduction to Manufacture New York- a success that we can use to implement + inspire other cities. We look forward to continued public discourse + collaboration as we forge a progressive, designer-lead path to the future of fashion.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is an enormous project, and we are well aware of the risks and challenges involved. We are already engaging with local, state and national government officials to gain support and resources from the pre-existing manufacturing community in New York City.
We are also recruiting and individually contacting experts in each of the various aspects of apparel production involved and inviting them to be part of our advisory board. This project already has received an outpouring of support before it has even launched- we already have offers of loans, training grant assistance, equipment sourcing, legal and business structuring advice as well as the support of over 20 independent designers so far.
This fashion incubator will benefit the entire industry by increasing opportunities for innovation and leadership, which is why we are engaging that same community and making partnerships with similar minded organizations wherever we can.
There will be surprises along the way, but as a dedicated team and with your support there is nothing we cannot overcome. Join the movement, please donate today.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THANK YOU! Join our community, and be a hero to every independent designer who wants to produce their collection in NYC. At this (and all subsequent) reward levels, you'll receive permanent recognition on our website as a donor + weekly updates with behind-the-scenes videos and featured designer interviews before anyone else.Estimated delivery:
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PARTY TIME! In addition to everything above, you'll get an advance VIP invitation to the official Manufacture New York Designer Launch party in Spring 2013.Estimated delivery:
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SUPPORT! You will receive a glossy one-of-a-kind photo postcard of a NYC-made design, signed by the designer + sealed with a kiss. Plus, all of the above rewards.Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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ADVOCATE. You will receive a super-rad Manufacture New York tote bag, USA-made + screenprinted with eco-friendly waterbased ink by our team in Brooklyn, NY! Plus, all of the above rewards.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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SHOW IT OFF. Wear an iconic symbol of our movement! You will receive your own limited-edition, fully adjustable 24" silver zipper necklace, made from the same exact zips we sew into our designs. Bonus: We're rushing these out in time for the holidays, so this reward will make a great gift! (No holiday shipping int'l, sorry.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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WEAR THE FUTURE. You will receive a coveted Brooklyn Royalty oversized, unisex jersey hand-printed with your choice of select graphics. Bonus: We're rushing these out in time for the holidays, so this reward will make a great gift! (No holiday shipping int'l, sorry.)Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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ITS IN THE BAG. Support independent fashion + get The Apartment 4B Classic Tote, hand made by Brooklyn Fashion League's Kaci Head from Italian leather & premium denim. Everything at Levels 1-3 will be in the bag!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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DESIGNER LEVEL. Pre-pay for yourself or sponsor a designer member for 1 month of unlimited membership to Manufacture New York's new fashion incubator + production center, opening in Spring 2013.Estimated delivery:
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SPONSOR LEVEL. Experience a runway show, lunch for two and a VIP afternoon with our Director, Bob Bland, during New York Fashion Week! This level includes a handmade Manufacture New York gift bag filled with one-of-a-kind creations from participating designers and the opportunity to meet some of the most creative people in fashion. (Please note: This reward level is located in NYC, no airfare or accommodations are provided. Date + time will be determined based on reward pledger's availability.)Estimated delivery:
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PATRON LEVEL. You're serious about making this project a reality, and we want you involved every step of the way. Become an official patron of Manufacture New York, and receive extra recognition on our website, PLUS a private tour of the completed facility (virtual or in-person) and inclusion in each stage of the build-out. Includes all of the SPONSOR LEVEL rewards.Estimated delivery:
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