Free Garment District Walking Tour
37th St. & 7th Ave. (near the garment worker statue), Manhattan
Free, RSVP required: 212.370.4214 or MikesNYCTours@yahoo.com
Mike’s NYC Tours offers you a chance to learn all about the Fashion 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 & 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 Fashion District and the rise of unions in the industry. The tour 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.