New York officials hope to show their commitment to supporting fashion and manufacturing in the city with a significant investment in a new fashion epicenter in Brooklyn.
The 160,000-square-foot facility, named the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles & Wearable Tech, will be housed in Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. It is designed to help bolster local manufacturing, create jobs and emerging designers, WWD reported
A $3.5 million investment from the New York City Economic Development Corp. will be used to develop the facility, which will also feature an 110,000-square-foot space that will be used for job-intensive active manufacturing use.
Construction is slated to get underway by New York Fashion Week in February, and the project is expected to take about nine months. Ole Sondresen Architect, which has designed spaces for Etsy and Kickstarter, will oversee the redesign of the space, Buro247.com reported.
This new fashion hub, which is expected to create or retain about 300 jobs, will include a workforce-development center, a research-and-development center focused on innovative fashion and wearable technology and a sample-making factory, as well as an incubator space that will house private studios, conference rooms, classroom space, a computer lab, an industrial sewing room, storage and work areas for 50 designers.
About a month ago, Pratt Institute unveiled its Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator, a 21,000-square-foot facility located in the Pfizer building in South Williamsburg. The space, called BF + DA for short, features work space, a showroom, a conference room, a 3-D fabrication lab with 3-D printing and laser-cutting services, a sample development studio and other small-run manufacturing capabilities, as well as a retail space where the public can shop and meet the designers.
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