The Garment District, also called the Fashion District or Fashion Center, is home to many of the world’s most famous fashion designers and showrooms. 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.

Many (many) years ago, this NYC area was called the Tenderloin and the Devil’s Arcade and was infamously known for it’s abundance of prostitution, bootlegging, betting and racketeering. Lucky for us, it’s all about fashion & accessories today!

Garment District Things to Do

Fashion Walk of Fame (35th to 41st Streets, on 7th Ave) – 26 plaques (much like a Hollywood Star) honoring some of fashions’ great designers. Names include Norma Kamali, Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Halston and Donna Karan

Parsons School of Design (40th St/7th Ave, West side) – as seen on Project Runway and Tim Gunn, who was Chair of Fashion Design and a faculty member for many years. Parsons’ alumn include Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. The school’s main campus is in Greenwich Village, but here is one of their smaller centers.

Garment District Kiosk (39th St & 7th Ave) – pick up some brochures, maps and coupons.

The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) (27th St @ 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.

Garment District Shopping Tours

The NYC Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tour takes you on a behind-the-scenes shopping experience of the neighborhood where fashion was born. Shop Gotham escorts you to six appointment-only designer showrooms in the Fashion District.

NYC Garment Center Insider Shopping Tour

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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, shopaholics and visitors interested in seeing this legendary design center at work.

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Garment District Sightseeing Passes

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Garment District Restaurants

MacarOn Café (161 W 36th St) – Parisian and organic café, a local fashion designer favorite for lunch.

Parker & Quin @ The Refinery Hotel – a solid all-around menu, covering every meal with smoothies, breakfast, steaks, sandwiches and everything in between.

Ben’s Kosher Deli – a local favorite for years and great for families. Expect a huge menu and even bigger portions of matzoh ball soup, pastrami, chopped liver and potato pancakes with applesauce.

Keens Steakhouse – old school NYC steak house, heavy menu with a heavy price tag, but meat lovers think it’s worth every dollar.

The Deco Food + Drink – fairly new food hall that "brings the best of the five boroughs" to the Garment District. Cuisines include Afghan, Mexican, Hawaiian, Chinese, Brazilian plus a bar spotlighting New York brews and spirits in a casual Art Deco-inspired setting.

The Garment District has millions of people working daily up in those skyscrapers, so you’ll see dozens of coffee shops, delis, diners and other casual lunch spots. They should almost all be good, since nothing lasts in NYC that isn’t, especially when it comes to the demanding commuter crowd.

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Mood Fabrics (225 W 37th St, Suite 3, 7th/8th Aves) – NYC’s fabric mecca with 25,000 square feet of bolts upon bolts of fabric. Mood is 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.

M&S Schmalberg Custom Fabric Flower Factory

242 West 36th St, 7th Floor
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
FREE factory tours for all visitors

M&S Schmalberg is a 4th generation, family owned company. Our flowers, hand-made in our New York City factory, have complemented the apparel, bridal, accessory, millinery and home furnishing industries for over 100-years. M&S Schmalberg flowers have been featured in countless magazines and on the runway all over the world.

M&S Schmalberg Custom Fabric Flower Factory

Using the same delicate process since 1916, we are able to provide exquisite quality and a level of artisanal customization that cannot be matched. Some of our flower molds date back to the turn of the century. Styles can be made in any fabric; including silks, leathers, suedes, cottons, velvets, felts and even exotic snake and alligator skins. As a garment district factory, we are capable of producing large production orders as well as special one of a kind couture pieces.

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Garment District Hotels

Embassy Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan

Opened January 2018, the 39-story, pet-friendly Embassy Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan offers a huge outdoor 3rd floor patio, the SkyLawn terrace lounge and bar, as well as a fitness center, free daily breakfast and a daily happy hour. Reviewers note it as being close to the 34th St Subway, Empire State Building and the great views from the top floor rooms.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Midtown Manhattan

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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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Refinery Hotel

Refinery Hotel NYC

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.

  • Discount Rates: Refinery Hotel
  • 63 West 38th St (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

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Garment District Subways

  • 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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Upper West Side

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Central Park

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Times Square & Broadway

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Midtown West, Koreatown, Hell's Kitchen

Midtown West is a huge tourist area with great neighborhoods like NYC's famous Diamond District, Hell's Kitchen and Koreatown. Hell's Kitchen, is the most western section and an "up-and-coming" residential area of New York City with new shops and restaurants opening often. Koreatown, just a block from the Empire State Building, is known for their restaurants and karaoke bars and clubs.

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Garment 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 and showrooms. The area is an amazing resource for fabrics, beads and trims, however, unless you are trade, don't expect to walk in off the street to designer showrooms. The best way to possibly get access to private showrooms is through a private tour or a NYC Sample Sale.

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Chelsea & Hudson Yards

Chelsea NY is known for art galleries, nightlife and gay-friendly culture. It is a lively, vibrant neighborhood with some of New York City's top restaurants, clubs, art and things to do outdoors and along the Hudson River. While Chelsea boundaries are West 14th-34th Streets, from 7th Ave to the Hudson River, the new Hudson Yards occupies it's most North and West streets, West 30th to 34th Streets between 10th and 12th Avenues.

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  • To Do: The Highline, Art Galleries, Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers, Little Island, Edge, The Vessel, The Shops at Hudson Yards

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Greenwich Village & NoHo

Our Greenwich Village NYC Guide provides insight into one of NYC's most cherished neighborhoods. The Village is full of history, celebrity, politics, landmarks and so much more. The NYU campus, Washington Square Park, gorgeous brownstones and cobble stone streets, amazing restaurants, tons of trees and much more make this area a local favorite.

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West Village

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SoHo

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Financial District and Wall Street

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Upper East Side NYC

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Midtown East

Midtown East is a huge tourist, commercial and residential area. Around 5th Ave, the neighborhood is home to many tourist attractions, such as St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock and Radio City Music Hall. Bryant Park, the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station are close together just south. Moving towards 3rd Ave and further east, the area is more residential, and generally, the restaurants are better and more affordable, with the UN being the only attraction in that part of the neighborhood.

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Union Square, Flatiron, NoMad, Gramercy

Union Square (my hood!), the Flatiron District and NoMad all have a mix of residence and business tenants. Additionally, colleges such as NYU, The New School and FIT dominate the area, making it very fun and lively. It is one of the best dining and nightlife areas in Manhattan, with something for every palate and budget and offers fabulous hotels of all kinds.

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East Village

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  • Explore: East Village
  • To Do: Blue Man Group & Stomp, St. Mark's Place, Nightlife, Speakeasies, Curry Lane

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Lower East Side NYC

Traditionally, the Lower East Side was a working class immigrant neighborhood (think “Gangs of New York”). Today it is a wonderfully ethnic and diverse neighborhood and serves as a shopping, dining and nightlife destination for many NYC locals. Even with all its modern upgrades, the LES retains a large amount of its history, especially it’s Jewish, Polish, Irish and Italian cultures. The LES also has one of the best selections of hotels in NYC - tons of boutique hotels with amenities, rooftops, skyline views and seconds from 1000s of cool restaurants and hot spots.

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Chinatown NYC

Chinatown NYC is a small, but very densely packed area of shops and restaurants. It is really fun to walk around, enjoy the culture, pick up some souvenirs, and most definitely, eat some delicious and affordable Dim Sum, dumplings, pork buns and other amazing Chinese cuisines.

  • Explore: Chinatown NYC Guide Guide
  • To Do: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Dim Sum & Dumplings

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Little Italy NYC

Little Italy NYC Guide is a just a few blocks, with tons of outdoor restaurants and owners promising free wine and sangria to lure you in. Puglia is a favorite restaurant for families with their live singing and kids standing on their chairs waving napkins. Visit the new Italian American Museum, which tells the story "from Columbus to Cuomo," the original Old St. Patrick's Church and NYC Police Headquarters.

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