New York City’s Apparel Production Inc. Garment Factory Tour

Being based in New York City makes us quite lucky. We get to explore and report on the city’s historic garment district. A few weeks ago, we were generously offered a tour of a factory called Apparel Production Inc., which we happily and excitedly accepted.

Check out a quick clip of our tour:

Apparel Productions works with independent designers and claims to offer the following:

  • Flexible minimums
  • Short lead times
  • Pattern making
  • Cutting
  • Sample making
  • Production

Apparel Production Inc. - NYC

You can check out more photos of the factory on a Flickr Page. If you’re interested in learning more or possibly setting up an appointment you can contact Lawrence Roman.

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

  1. Manuel Garcia

    Dear Nicole,

    This is a great and exciting website to find! We are a knitwear company currently based in Shanghai. The core team founding the brand is originally from New York City. We started the company in shanghai but would like to move back to the US this year and as a good sustainable company, we want to start producing our garments locally in or around the New York City area. We will start with small quantity production of about 50 pieces per garment. Our current collection is made of 10 different garments.

    I will be visiting New York this february to meet with potential manufacturer and figured this will be a great place to start searching.

    Please let me know to proceed my search via this great page. Below is our contact information for your reference and please feel free to email any information you can share with us!

    Regards to All!

  2. Giani Blue brand

    Hello my name is chauntay jenkins. Im an upcoming fashion designer. Giani blue is my fashion line. Im currently looking for someone to bring my designs to life. I have ideas and with the right help im sure I can take off in the fashion world. Hope to hear from u soon.

  3. david madigan

    Is there a physical tour of actual factory spaces or is this a virtual tour only.
    I would like to schedule a physical tour if possible sometime in January or February.
    Please advise.
    David Madigan

  4. Dana Mullick

    Hi Nichole,
    I am interested in having a start up line manufactured. I need someone to make the patterns, grade them, source the materials and produce the samples. Please advise.

  5. Keytha Fixico

    Hello! I am a beginning designer out of Scottsdale and needing to get in contact with someone to help manufacture. I just dont know who to talk to.

  6. AlexSherClothing

    Hi I’m a new designer my name is Sher and I have been established since April of last year. i am located in the metro deteoit area. Up until now I have sewn all garments myself , I was looking for a manufacturing company to partner with because bussiness has been so busy. all of my Garments are high fashion classic dresses. Please email me with details

  7. Sheree

    Hi Nicole I’m from Charlotte nc, and would like to produce my line on a larger scale I’m currently in search for a great manufacturer who can put my ideas on paper and being them to life please contact VIA email to follow up and schedule a meeting.

  8. rochelle

    hi im experimenting with some styles to produce a childrens line. where are you located and id like to know pricings of items

  9. Shri


    I am myself new to this but my family had been in fabric imports-exports for almost 15 years. I am working on small business for fabrics imports to the United States manufacturers. Kindly advise that how may I go with this and where may I reach for the potential clients who need fabrics for their product manufacturing.


  10. Huda

    My name is Huda from Dubai, my label has been established since 2010. We have produced all the pieces here but as our demand has grown, I have decided that we need to mass produce, however our production is not on the scale of large corporates. I would like to know more about the production process, from fabrics, digital printing, pattern making etc and how we can work together.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Please email me on

  11. Nataliia

    Hello everyone.
    My name is Nataliia and I’m looking to produce small line of clothing. I live in NY so I found your factory the most suitable for me. I would love to know details of your production. From material, minimums, labels etc.
    please, contact me.
    Best regards.

  12. Heather Koonse

    Hello Apparel Production Inc.
    My name is Heather Koonse. I am a fashion designer in Charleston, SC. I will be traveling to NY May 25th-May 28th. I would love to take a tour of the API facility. I would like to learn more about the entire proscess of making clothing. I currently do all of my sewing by myself. As my label grows I am getting ready to produce my line on a larger scale. Would this be possible?
    I can be reached at the following email:
    or by phone: 843-509-2785

  13. janis shaffer

    I am a professor at Indiana University in Apparel Merchandising and we are bringing in a group of students in May. We are looking to see if we can schedule a factory tour. If you could help us with this, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks so much. Janis Shaffer

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