"When I started my handbag company a few years ago, I found that the convenience and quality offered in New York City's Garment District were unmatched elsewhere in the world. I also became convinced, perhaps somewhat mystically, that making my bags here in the city instilled an air of authenticity within them. Being able to envision, sketch, mockup, sample, and produce everything within 20 minutes of my home is both convenient and affords me great quality control. Even more important to point out is that having all the resources needed to complete the process start to finish, all within a 5 block radius, provides me a luxury that does not exist anywhere else in the world. We are the only fashion capitol that has a proper garment center." —Handbag designer Michelle Vale
Worth reading: Handbag designer Michelle Vale's plea to help New York "maintain its status as an essential production hub for designers." Read the full article here.