Anna Sui: Garment Districtist

There's always a lot of talk about working people in New York constantly getting phased out. People love to complain about gentrification, but they a
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There's always a lot of talk about working people in New York constantly getting phased out. People love to complain about gentrification, but they a
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There's always a lot of talk about working people in New York constantly getting phased out. People love to complain about gentrification, but they also love their $19 croque-madame. Consequently, little is ever done. But Anna Sui is at least trying, and her focus is on the many people who made the Garment District what it is - where to have your clothes made. She's trying to preserve the Garment District by mobilizing city officials and the CFDA to hopefully change back some zoning laws that make turning your building into luxury loft rentals a little too tempting for city landlords. She hopes that by having as many people as possible wear the t-shirt at left, we'll all realize that we should do what we can to dedicate at least certain buildings to the garment industry by ensuring that manufacturers can afford their rent. She hopes the shirt gets circulated at as many shows as possible this coming Fashion Week, and orders for the shirts must be submitted to Thomas Miller at Anna Sui by Friday - they'll go at $6 each. We sincerely hope these shirts, with relevant city officials' contact information printed on the back, wake enough people up to the disappearing rainforest effect taking over New York's clothes manufacturing. As Sui put it to WWD, "I keep thinking that the enrollment in design schools is up, but where are these kids going to work? Will they go to China?"