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The Fashion District’s Virtual Kiosk

The Fashion Center - Virtual KioskEven as someone who lives and works in New York City, I sometimes find it completely overwhelming to weave my way through the streets that make up the garment district. Recently I was asked to source a fabric for a fashion designer I sometimes work with and the thought of trudging from storefront to storefront, making calls to every supplier on my contact list inquiring about their stock, and emailing industry colleagues asking for leads were not things I was looking forward to. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned about The Fashion Center’s Resource Database. While the directory covers all kinds of fashion related topics like a retail store guide to a list of industry events and fashion attractions, it is the Textile/Fabric Resource section that really gets my heart a flutter! I am able to specify whether I want to see “For The Trade Only” or “Open To The Public” and type in key terms when performing my search. Once the list appears I learn everything from the store’s inventory and minimums to contact info and hours of operation. For someone who likes to think she is on ball when it comes to the internet world, it’s amazing to me that I am just now learning about this fantastic little “virtual kiosk”.

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Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online community and support system for independent designers around the world. She’s a traveler, a weaver, and a foodie. A deep love for the craft of fashion pared with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION were 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!