In 2013, we will see a continued movement in both the established fashion industy and independent design world towards cooperation and collaboration. We will share resources, unite like-minded organizations, and communicate enlightened ideas of change without fear. NYC will transform into a globally recognized manufacturing hub for socially conscious industrial startups, especially in areas of Brooklyn with convenient transit and affordable industrial space.
Anthony Lilore of Restore Clothing and Save The Gament Center recently said to me: "We all must work together in some way. Must. That is part of the responsibility and sustainability code we have come to live by." This is the battle cry of the new year.
Progressive websites (Maker's Row, Made in NYC and AboutSources) will make U.S. fashion sourcing accessible to a new generation and become everyday tools to create a virtual map of manufacturers, fabric/trim suppliers, printers and more. Local design collectives like Brooklyn Fashion League, Gowanus Print Lab, and Manufacture New York will share equipment and materials, and crowdsource orders to achieve affordable pricing for everyone. This will begin leveling the playing field so that independent designers have a real possibility of establishing healthy businesses from the start.
Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center has existed for a decade as an exceptional resource for affordable industrial space in Brooklyn, and in 2013 it will be joined by new production resources like the Pratt Designer Incubator's Small Run Production Center and Manufacture New York's
hybrid Fashion Incubator & Vertical Factory. We will engage participating designers, industry leaders, city officials, and the public in an inclusive development process to ensure sustainable business practices that will lead to an increase in fair wages and quality manufacturing jobs for local workers.
Practical eco- and consumer awareness
Designers will take on a greater role in educating their buyers on the importance of eco-friendly, domestically produced, and sustainable fashion through public awareness campaigns and increased transparency throughout the full product lifecycle. As we continue to be more practical with our money, respect for quality workmanship & materials will grow, and curated "made in the U.S.A." online stores like Made Collection
and Love U.S. will gain in popularity.
Upcycling, reclaimed, and recycled fabrics and trims will become more accepted and desirable, and buyers will recognize the increased savings in buying local; avoiding the waste (both environmentally and fiscally) of international shipping.