You know it maybe by some other names. Garment Center, Fashion Center or Fashion District. But one thing is clear, the name comes from the density of fashion related designers, showrooms, fabric and material suppliers and production facilities.It is a neighborhood between Fifth and Ninth Avenue. Some of the famous fashion labels like Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta are just a few of the names that have their business tied to and located in Garment District. Every fashionista dream is to visit the Garment District. Even if you do not follow trends in fashion, or you are not interested in it at all, Garment District will make you fall in love with fashion. Mesmerize you with its culturally rich history. It is a fashion wonderland.
Fashion Walk of Fame
One of the most famous attraction is the Fashion Walk of Fame. And it carries the title of the only permanent landmark that is dedicated to American Fashion. It honors chosen designers in form of embedded plaques into the sidewalk. Marc Jacobs has the plague between 41st and 40th street, while Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein have theirs between 40th and 39th street among other designers that have impacted the fashion world.
Needle threading a button
Designed in the 90’s by Pentagram Architectural Services, this impressive 31 feet tall sculpture is hard to miss. Located at the Fashion Center kiosk at Seventh Avenue and 39th Street in New York City. It is definitely one of the things to see, while you are exploring this ultimate fashion neighborhood.
Statue of Ralph Kramden
Ralph Kramden is a fictional character played by Jackie Gleason in the old sitcom “The Honeymooners” which was also created by J. Gleason. Many of you probably did not hear of him, but he was the inspiration behind the creation of animated character Fred Flintstone. The Ralph character was a bus driver, and he received honorary membership in the union for real New York City bus drivers. The statue was unveiled in front of The Port Authority Bus Terminal in 2000, almost 45 years after the show aired for the first time. This eight feet tall bronze statue displayed Jackie Gleason in bus drives uniform.
One of the most interesting parts for every fashionista is in fact- Sample Sales. On the official website, there is a list that is updated every Monday. It features amazing deals on designer apparel, listing the duration, location and the name of the sales that are currently active. It gives the opportunity to affordably purchase high-end fashion items.
TIME TO VISIT?
The Garment District offers plenty of entertainment, and to be sure not to miss out on anything, the best way is to plan your visit. On the website, they offer insight and information about everything that is happening.
- Events that are currently ongoing in certain time frames.
- Deals for Theaters, Hotels, Restaurants and many more service activities.
- Public directory of all commercial and fashion-industry businesses in the area
- Walking, Educational & Historical and Shopping tours.
- Hotels in the area
Garment District in its diversity really has a little bit for everyone. Get your fashion sense on and explore the newest trends. Learn something on the Educational & Historical tour. And enjoy the delightful cuisine in the district that has so many stories, and such a rich impact not only on the fashion but on the society as well.