Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Last Speakeasy shopping excursion in 2023


Still inspired by recent tour participants and special requests to do a few more this year... 

All rules and details remain the same (see below).


10AM - 1PM - 

Shopping (Will include a specifically selected set of stores with a wide variety of offerings suitable for many different purposes/types of garments, appropriate for the theme of the day's tour. Relevant additional information, suggested additional resources and appropriate on-site expertise will be available.)


Lunch (local restaurant reservation for our group, already included in your fee.)

2PM - until end of business day

Armed with your "Secret Map" and your own interest in or desire to visit the many other stores you see or have learned about, you may visit more garment district stores if you wish, and give unique codes (that you'll get from me) to vendors who will give special assistance/discounts.

The cost of this guided, efficient tour is $90 per person. If you use this trip to shop and participate in what the NYC garment district has to offer, you will save at least as much as you are paying in supplies and education, and likely far more.The NYC Garment District is a pretty unique atmosphere, full of quirks and secrets, making it significantly more fun to shop with a group! 

Wanna come? 

From outta town? If you need hotel and/or travel help, I will advise some of the BEST NYC secrets I know! Payment is only accepted via PayPal (you do not need a Paypal account), credit or debit card. No cash, personal checks, or additional payments will be accepted on the day of the tour. The trip will involve a good amount of walking, so come prepared in weather-appropriate gear, and healthy.

Regarding cancellations:

 If you have paid and wish to cancel 7 days or more before date - 100% refund
 Fewer than 7 days - 50% refund
 If you don't come on the scheduled date or cancel within 24 hours or less - you will forfeit your refund, but can switch reservation to a future tour date.
 If I cancel a tour for reasons not related to weather, newsworthy acts of God or other emergencies, you are entitled to your choice of a full refund, or a future tour.
Contact me if you have any questions or special requests regarding a shorter day.

Remember that this is a walking tour, so be sure to be healthy and comfortable with a LOT of walking!  

I am offering full day tours on:

December 18, 2023

Wanna come? Claim your spot! 

 Note - the button below is for paying the fee, and when received, I will confirm back to you directly.

Full day:


Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Working Steadily

 Working hard to complete projects for clients,  plan future Speakeasies, and develop some sewing classes. Beautiful things to show, but don't have permission to share yet...

I will continue to update Instagram with fun stories and news, and occasionally post here, for anyone who lands here, or likes to keep up with this feed.  Keeping busy...


Thursday, August 3, 2023

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

NYC Garment District Maps

The Speakeasy map is constantly updated due to the changes the pandemic, significant economic challenges, and new opportunities have brought to the area.

I can't pretend the district isn't changing daily now... While it is still a rich, lively and inspiring place to find tools, notions, services and supplies, it is also a treacherous labyrinth of drugged-out zombies, empty storefronts, screaming homeless, extremely tense professionals, and unpredictable business hours. Because it is still full of secrets, and non-street-level establishments, a plan, a map, and information are vital to an enjoyable, efficient trip.

Having said that...

The "Speakeasy map" is an ever-evolving map of garment district stores and services that I have found over many years of creating/designing, selling, buying, learning, and interacting with the many businesses here in NYC. The list is ever-changing, because the district is ever-changing as well!

* You do not need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.  That is the secure service that allows electronic payments, using a debit or credit card.

The payment tab below is for a curated shopping map with descriptions of the best stores (and why I love them). It is $15, and can be purchased online via Paypal.  The map lists many of the places we have visited on various speakeasies, and is ever-evolving. The map will be sent to you as a link, generally within 24 hours of your order. 

You may purchase a map by using the payment button directly below.  Note: almost every order generates an edit these days, since I make sure the stores are still there, offering quality inventory, and still open before sending to to you. 

Garment District "Speakeasy" source Map:

Comment on this page to contact me if you want a custom map for your specific quest!

Friday, July 7, 2023

Speakeasy shopping trips!


So excited!  The first one is TOMORROW!!!! (written July 25)

If you have registered for a Garment District Shopping Tour in July or August 2023, look out for an email from me on/by July 20th confirming our meeting place, and some other details specific to your excursion. (note - you should have received an email from me by now.)  The  itinerary for each day will be different, so the email your receive will contain details which are specific to your group.

Things to know:

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring along a rolling bag to reduce fatigue - some stores will ship for you,  but not all.
  • Let me know if you have any food allergies/unique dietary needs the restaurant will need to consider.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Baltimore, MD Association of Sewing and Design Professionals conference

  Heading off to meet with colleagues, my fellow Board Members, and friends in Baltimore, MD for a few days of conference, meetings, and events. I'll share my personal experience on Instagram! (@shopthegarmentdistrict)

Thursday, December 16, 2021

A photo essay... the highlights of a garment district trip or two... or three, maybe?

There's more to these stories.  This is what the garment district looked like a few months ago (August). Go to my Insta for more...


Riding in an EMPTY subway car

Beautiful flower from Schmalberg

Gotta use some bleach to make these work...

Fabric pleated