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  1. Contents • What is the Fashion District? • BID • Walk of fame • Decline of the industry • Apparel Industry Task Force

  2. What is the Fashion District ? • Fashion center of New York • generating $ 14 billion a year • employs 4.64 million people • source of work for immigrants

  3. Garment District

  4. Role in fashion • Setting design trends • famous designers locate the business here, e.g. Calvin Klein, Oscar De La Renta, Donna Karan • textile-manufacturing is fading • BUT New York remains the fashion capital for designers and showrooms

  5. Business Improvement District • Not-for-profit-corporation • established in1993 • aim: -promote NY City´s apparel industry -improve quality of life and economic vitality

  6. Is New York the fashion capital of the world ? • Positive aspects: -accumulation of good traits -Mercedes-Benz fashion week • negative aspects: -promotion of anorexia among models -exploitation of Third World workers

  7. Apparel Industry Task Force • Rids the garment Industry of illegal sweatshops • inspects working conditions • do a review of employmentof illegal workers

  8. Apparel Industry Task Force • Support garment factures which provide -unemployment -good working conditions • collected $ 12 million for workers

  9. Decline of the industry • Manufacturing in NY has been fading • exemplyfied by the decline of Garment District • BID tries to protect the industry

  10. Thank you for paying attention ! www.therunwayscoop/2006/07new_york_company_nwy_new_and.html www.gidc.org/industry.html