Fashion District, Fashion Center
The Garment District, also called the Fashion District or Fashion Center, is home to many of the world’s most famous fashion designers. The area is an amazing resource for fabrics, beads and trims, however, don’t expect to walk in off the street to Donna Karan or Calvin Klein’s showroom or sample sales. The best way to possibly get access to private showrooms is through a private tour, otherwise, make sure to check NYC Sample Sales while you’re in town.
Fashion Walk of Fame (38th- 40th along 7th Ave) – 26 plaques (much like a Hollywood Star) honoring some of fashions’ great designers.
Parsons School of Design (40th St/7th Ave, West side) – as seen on Project Runway and Tim Gunn was Chair of Fashion Design. Prior students include Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford.
Garment District Kiosk (39th St & 7th Ave) – pick up some brochures, maps and coupons.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum (27th Street, 7th Ave) – Free to visit and they do a lovely job of providing entertaining and educational exhibits highlighting fashion as it relates to history, politics and culture. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
The NYC Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tour takes you on a behind-the-scenes shopping experience of the neighborhood where fashion was born. A combination of Wholesale Showrooms not accessible to the public and hidden Sample Sales – where discounts on women’s designer and “better wear” will be from 50-80% below retail. The perfect off the beaten path tour for fashionista bargain hunters, just plain shopaholics, as well as visitors interested in seeing this legendary design center at work.
Garment Center Shopping Tour Ticket Options:
- Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am- 1:00 pm (3-hour tour); Thursdays 1:30-4:30 pm
- New York Garment Center Insiders Shopping Tour
- More New York City Shopping Tours
MacarOn Café (161 W 36th St) – Parisian and organic café, a local fashion designer favorite for lunch.
David Burke Fabrick (45 W 38th St, 5th/6th Aves) – inside the Archer Hotel. Offers snacks and small plates, hearty entrees and indulgent desserts.
Mood Fabrics (225 W 37th St, Suite 3, 7th/8th Aves) – 25,000 square feet of fabric. THE place to go in NYC for fine designer fabrics.
Bead District (37th St/ 6th Ave) – beads, beads, and more beads. Most of the bead stores on and around 6th & 37th are open to the public and stocked to the brim with bright, brilliant and glittering gems, accessories, and trinkets.
Trimmings Stores (37th to 39th Sts, 7th to 8th Aves) – dozens of buttons, laces, leather, along with additional fabric stores.
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A top boutique Manhattan hotel, and prime location for viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with 20 rooms that overlook the parade route. The Refinery offers 197 Guest Rooms with elegant furnishings that build upon the hotel’s industrial past. Each room has dark brushed oak hardwood floors, a walk-in rain shower and full entertainment facilities: Wi-Fi, iHome docking stations, LCD HD TVs and full cable.
- Rates and Reviews: Refinery Hotel
- 63 West 38th St (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Affinia Manhattan – (371 7th Ave at 31st St) – good Suite hotel (with kitchens) that appeals to families and business travelers alike.
Fashion 26 Hotel (Hilton New York Fashion District)
152 West 26th Street, NY, NY 10001
The Archer Hotel – 45 West 38th Street, New York City, NY 10018
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Subways to Garment District
- 1, 2, 3 along Broadway and 7th Ave
- A, C, E along 8th Avenue
- N, R, Q, W
- B, D, F, F, V
- 7 or Shuttle (S) from the east side (Grand Central)
- General Address: Garment District Alliance, 209 West 38th St, NY, NY 10018
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