Brooklyn will create 460 sustainable fashion jobs at the New Garment Hub
A redevelopment of the Made in New York campus in Brooklyn will create 460 new sustainable fashion jobs in the borough and provide training opportunities for 500 people, Mayor Eric Adams announced.
The redevelopment of the Bush Terminal campus in Sunset Park will expand Brooklyn’s footprint in the city’s fashion industry and provide a $57 million boost to New York’s economy, Adams said in a statement. communicated.
The Slow Factory Climate Justice Lab will be the first anchor tenant of the MiNY Garment Manufacturing Hub, from which it will provide educational programs and workforce training, a product studio, and a research and development lab.
The site will also host Slow Factory’s “Open Edu” program, a free educational series on climate justice, climate solutions and climate-friendly design. Programming will be integrated with Slow Factory Labs, a physical manufacturing facility for regenerative materials innovation that focuses on their plant-based leather, Slowhide.
Slow Factory executive director Céline Semaan said the team is working “to fill a critical education gap that focuses on climate justice and human rights, while creating a community center for education and professional training”.
“This school presents a groundbreaking opportunity to offer a pragmatic, future-oriented program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.”
Other training programs will focus on design for teardown that allow designers to work from thousands of pounds of discarded clothing, returned merchandise and textile waste delivered to the Slow Factory through partner brands.
According to a press release from the mayor and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Sunset Park is home to the second-largest concentration of clothing manufacturers and jobs in New York City. Residents of Sunset Park will have free access to all programs and events organized by Slow Factory, including climate adaptation events for young people and waste-based design workshops focused on vocational training.
Adams said the opening of Slow Factory would help create hundreds of fashion jobs locally and bring tens of millions of dollars in direct economic output to New York. He said Slow Factory would also show that the city is leading the way and “show that prioritizing sustainability can go hand in hand with the fashion industry”.
“New York City was already the fashion capital of the United States, but the redevelopment and creation of new fashion jobs at the Made in NY campus in Brooklyn will only strengthen our place as the city of swagger. “, did he declare.
NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb said in a statement that Slow Factory will build on Sunset Park’s strong foundation of apparel manufacturing and green innovation “with cutting-edge solutions and a meaningful workforce development that sets New York City on a path of strength, growth, and change.” manufacturing industry for the better.
“Reducing the carbon footprint of fashion is not only forward-thinking, but necessary in the fight against climate change.”
The Made in New York Campus Garment Hub is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Business owners can visit edc.nyc/MiNYGarmentHub to rent space and learn more.
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