GCSA Foundation preserves and promotes apparel manufacturing in Manhattan through outreach, education, and research.


New York’s Garment Center is the core of the fashion industry and has been located in Midtown West Manhattan for nearly 200 years. It is home to the world's highest concentration of fashion manufacturers, suppliers, and designers. Garment Center manufacturers alone employ over 7,100 New Yorkers, the majority of whom are immigrants and women. GCSA Foundation works with local manufacturing businesses to show the world that we need these workers and businesses to power the fashion industry.



2017 GCSA Survey

GCSA surveyed 413 manufacturing owners in the Garment Center and completed 157 in-depth interviews of the aggregate. The 2017 survey confirmed that there is a vibrant community of manufacturers, but that they are facing huge real estate challenges that threaten to put many out of business.


Making in Manhattan Needs your help.

In August 2017 the City aims to pass a zoning policy that will benefit landlords, but wipe out manufacturing and related fashion businesses in Midtown West. Designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and workers oppose the rezoning, especially in such a short time frame, with little industry input, and with no viable alternatives.

Sustaining some form of the industry contributes to our status as a fashion capital of the world.... Access to manufacturers is profound. After all, fashion is about timing.
— Yeohlee Teng, Designer

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