The Garment District, Fashion District or Fashion Center once produced most of the clothes in the United States. It was a time when being close together made it easier to do business. The neighborhood’s iconic image is racks of clothes being pushed down the street between businesses. It used to be that every block had a speciality. One was for buttons, another for cloth, and so on.
The Garment District Alliance promotes local business. garmentdistrict.nyc
Ninth Ave | Garment District | Fifth Ave
Seventh Avenue is “Fashion Avenue.”
Garment District Culture
Garment District Government
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The neighborhood is Manhattan Community Board 4 between Eighth Ave and Ninth Ave. The neighborhood is Manhattan Community Board 5 between Fifth Ave and Eighth Ave. Both work with the Manhattan Borough President.
The neighborhood is New York City Council District 3 and District 4.
The neighborhood is represented by two districts in the U.S. Congress. West of Seventh Ave is represented by New York Congressional District 10. East of Seventh Ave is represented by New York Congressional District 12.
A Long History
New York City’s fashion industry got its start making clothes for slaves. No kidding. The industry provided jobs for new immigrants. The rise of clothing manufacturing mirrored the rise of the United States as an industrial power, and the explosive growth of New York City in the early 1800s.
The industry grew by making uniforms during the U.S. Civil War (1860-1865). New York is one of the world’s fashion cities. Fashion is still a multi-billion dollar business in New York.