Take a walk in the Garment District! Centrally located and packed with heritage, sights and bites, this bustling midtown neighborhood is the historic home of American fashion and the fashion capital of the world!
If you’re feeling adventurous and want more of an “urban explorer” experience, you can go sans guide and follow our brand new Self-Guided Garment District Walking Tour that is designed specifically for you mobile device. The Garment District Alliance is also pleased to sponsor the following FREE guided neighborhood walking tours which are on a first-come, first served basis.
Free Garment District Walking Tour
Tour Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Reservations: Reserve your spot by emailing MikesNYCTours@yahoo.com
Meeting Location: Northeast corner of Seventh Avenue at 39th Street between the Garment District Information Kiosk and the bronze statue of the garment worker
Tour Overview: Mike’s NYC Tours offers you a chance to learn all about the Garment District and the apparel industry from a licensed tour guide who has studied and practiced in the schmatta trades since 1965! Michael Kaback, a “garmento” himself for many years, leads this tour that takes participants through a brief history of the apparel industry in New York City, from Henry Hudson to the present time. Filled with anecdotes from his personal experience in the industry, Michael discusses the advent of mass production and the sewing machine, the development of “sizes,” the invention of synthetic fibers, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and how it impacted both the building of the current Garment District and the rise of unions in the industry. The tour will stops at iconic garment/fashion industry sites, including the Fashion Walk of Fame, and may include visits to showrooms and factories, depending on scheduling and group size.
2014 Tour Dates:
Thursday, June 12 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 4 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23 at 10 a.m.
Tours fill up fast! Reserve your spot by emailing MikesNYCTours@yahoo.com.
About Mikes NYC Tours: Mike Kabak offers tours year-round in the Garment District and in neighborhoods throughout the City. More information is available at www.mikesnyctours.com
Educational & Historical Tours
Take a three hour educational tour designed for students, stylists, emerging fashion designers, alternative career seekers, tourists and local fashionistas. Urban Oasis offers a behind the scenes look at the Garment District and how garments are produced. Stops on the tour include: fabric stores, patternmakers, graders, small factories and showrooms. Join the tour individually or as a group. Tour schedule is 10-1pm; 2-5pm. Visit oasissoho.com to book a Garment District educational tour. Cost: $90 per person.
Seek New York Tours
Founded by Rebecca Frey, a professional costume designer and stylist, Seek’s Garment District Tour is ideal for fashion design and merchandising students, aspiring costume designers and stylists, home seamstresses, and anyone with an interest in the history of New York’s garment and retail industries. Tour includes a mix of history, sightseeing, and hands-on shopping at the neighborhood’s fabric, trim, and notions stores. All Seek tours are led by a licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide with years of experience utilizing the fabric stores and other resources of the Garment District, as well as firsthand knowledge of the way each store operates, and established relationships with many of the salespeople and business owners that make the industry tick.
Since 2001, Shop Gotham’s Garment Center “Insider” Shopping Tours have been taking guests on a “behind-the-scenes” shopping expedition to Private Showrooms for the exclusive opportunity to purchase at Wholesale prices (the same privilege afforded only to store buyers and fashion editors). Guests enjoy: 6 “by appointment–only” Designer Showrooms; a meet- greet with a designer or two, and a glimpse of the inner workings of the NYC women’s fashion industry. The focus of the program is shopping for chic apparel and accessories at deeply discounted prices, from new, emerging and established designers, which are sold in your favorite department stores and better boutiques. Guests will also depart with a list of all worthy Sample Sales taking place that day, for independent post-tour shopping. This quintessential “only in NY” experience is 3 hours and runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Recommended for women 17 – 80. For further details, please visit shopgotham.com.
Shopping Girlfriend NYC
Join fashion industry insider Pilar Katz as she reveals the greatest deals in exclusive wholesale showrooms. Pilar brings a personal touch to each tour and promises a wide array of styles, customized to meet your needs. Pilar’s tours are fun, friendly and fashionable! You will walk away with something deeply discounted that you absolutely love. Contact Pilar by visiting shoppinggirlfriendnyc.com
Elegant Tightwad Shopping Excursions
Elegant Tightwad Shopping Excursion participants will experience true bargainista bliss on this trek to private showrooms. Visit theeleganttightwad.com for information.
Urban Oasis shopping tour is a curated insider’s wholesale shopping tour led by resort wear designer and fashionista Imani Alexander. We customize your wholesale shopping experience based on taste and price point. Our showrooms sell to boutiques, retail chains and upscales specialty stores.