That’s what I say.
New York City’s Garment Center is Not Dead !
It is simply at that part of the cycle. Spring. ReBirth.
Day to night and night to day, part of the ebb and flow, darkest before the dawn, these are termed clichés because of how frequently they are true.
This is New York. If you don’t like change, get out of the way of people who do because we can change it, for the better.
This is New York, people from around the world look to us for change (and dollars).
This is New York, people from around the world dream of some day coming here and making a better life for themselves and their families.
This is New York. People from around the world love us.
This is New York. People from around the world hate us.
This is New York.
We are better.
Not better than anybody else, just better today than we were yesterday.
This is New York. We inspire, innovate, change, adapt and emerge better.
Jobs, no not Steve, the other ones (that are gone).
Jobs in The Garment Industry and the industrial age of making things, built this great country with Jobs for Americans (and for the record, people in other countries too).
Jobs that created a middle class that spent the money they made on things that other Americans made.
Jobs that built homes on Main St. and businesses on Wall St. made this country strong and proud.
Occupy, Wall St., Main St. and “Every Street”.
Does the phrase “tear down that wall” have new meaning a few decades later?
Should we make T-shirts for a dollar? No.
Would you want to? Probably not, YET we do have to make things and we have to make them better. We do have to innovate, adapt and change with the technology that is allowing the world to change and we have to do that locally as well as globally.
Innovation and collaboration in the Garment Center of New York City are the hub around which all of these jobs are born. A new way to source materials, to make garments, to buy and sell fashion are ALL part of the New Garment Center. The New Garment Center that is at once a microcosm of the ailment and the cure. The interconnected nature of the neighborhood fosters collaborative designs and innovations and produces samples that are turned into Red Carpet designs that fuel fashion’s economic engine and the industries that feed off of it, globally. From fabric colors to lipstick colors, home colors and car designs, theater to TV to movies, the Garment Center breathes life into a world of industries and is the foundation of global empires.
Stand for something. Create something better, take back some of what has been given away (or more aptly, pimped) and Give Back Something Better, because this is New York City’s Garment Center We’re Better, Not Dead !