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New York mayor announces plans for sustainable fashion jobs

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New York City mayor Eric Adams has announced a partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) that will create new jobs for New Yorkers, expand Brooklyn’s footprint in the fashion industry, and provide a boost to New York’s economy. Slow Factory will be the first major tenant at Made in NY Garment Hub as part of redevelopment. 

The Made in NY garment hub will serve as a space to grow jobs and expand workforce training in garment manufacturing, fashion design, and other affiliated businesses. Additionally, the garment hub will create 460 fashion jobs onsite and train 500 people — bringing in an estimated $57 million in direct economic output to New York City.

“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 solidify our place as the city of swagger,” said mayor Eric Adams. “Slow Factory’s opening at the garment hub in Sunset Park will help create hundreds of fashion jobs onsite and bring tens of millions of dollars of direct economic output to New York City. Additionally, in New York, we are leading the way and showing that prioritising sustainability can go hand-in-hand with the fashion industry.”

New York City mayor Eric Adams has announced a partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) that will create new jobs for New Yorkers, expand Brooklyn’s footprint in the fashion industry, and provide a boost to New York’s economy. Slow Factory will be the first major tenant at Made in NY Garment Hub as part of redevelopment.

“New York City is the fashion capital of the world, and the Made in New York campus reflects the Adams administration’s commitment to make sure we remain that way,” said deputy mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres- Springer. “Congratulations to Slow Factory for being the first anchor tenant. Their work at the intersection of sustainable garment production and supportive workforce development practices is a model for fashion manufacturing that reflects our city’s values.”

Slow Factory’s move into the garment hub will not only be its first ever brick and mortar location, but the move will build upon a thriving manufacturing sector in Sunset Park. Frontline climate justice leadership has long called for a focus on sustainability and green manufacturing in the district, home to the second largest concentration of garment manufacturers and employment in New York City. Slow Factory will establish a dedicated multidisciplinary institute, which will deliver educational programming and workforce training, a product studio, and a research and development lab all under one roof, office of the mayor said in a press release.

The institute will provide a physical home to the Slow Factory’s “Open Edu” programme, a free and accessible education series on climate justice, climate solutions, and climate-positive design. The programming will be integrated with Slow Factory Labs, a physical manufacturing facility for regenerative material innovation that focuses on their plant-based leather, Slowhide.

Other waste-to-resource training programmes will focus on design for disassembly that allow designers to work from thousands of pounds of discarded clothes, returned goods, and textile waste delivered to the Slow Factory through their brand partners. Slow Factory also plans to open the Slow Factory Institute, which aims to leverage its climate-positive education and training programs to stimulate sustainable economic development and pathways to skilled employment opportunities in historically marginalised communities. Opening an institute is the first milestone in the organisation’s larger plan to develop a network of climate institutes around the world.

Housing these offerings under one roof will allow Slow Factory to create a new, replicable model for a regenerative global supply chain grounded in sustainable community economic development. Sunset Park residents will additionally have free access to all programming and events, including youth-oriented climate adaptation events and waste-led design workshops focused on skills training, the release added.

“Reducing fashion’s carbon footprint is not only trendsetting, but necessary in the fight against climate change,” said Rachel Loeb, president and CEO, NYCEDC. “Slow Factory will build on Sunset Park’s strong foundation of garment manufacturing and green innovation with cutting edge solutions and meaningful workforce development that puts New York City on a path to strengthen, grow and change the manufacturing industry for the better.”

“This school presents a revolutionary opportunity to offer a pragmatic, future-oriented curriculum in Sunset Park, Brooklyn,” said Céline Semaan, executive director, Slow Factory. “We are working diligently to fill a critical educational gap that focuses on climate justice and human rights, while creating a community hub for education and skills training.”

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RR)

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