If you are a real-life tactile shopper, this is a place for you. If you love color, this is the place for you. If you shop with friends, wanna make a bit of a ruckus, and wanna make it a shopping party, this is the place for you. Many price ranges. Don't be afraid to ask, but don't challenge the answer, either!
Very helpful staff, great inspirational photos, showing how fabric was used by designers. Really creatively inspiring display and organization.
Prepare to be overwhelmed. Have time to spend. Buy it when you see it, because it will likely be gone when you come back. (Ask me how I know...)
Great for lace, standard and unusual formalwear fabrics, luxurious home dec, antique bridal trims, interesting novelty fabrics, silk prints, brocades, a boatload of wonderful coat and winterwear fabrics.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Rosen & Chadick? What I can say for certain, is that quality and beauty still rule here. You've gotta know what you like, be willing to pay an appropriate amount for it, take your time, appreciate quality, and understand the PROFOUND difference between this store and many of the (remaining) others in the district. It is absolutely one of the best kept secrets in the district. For good reason.
Once housed in a HUGE space on West 40th Street, they have since moved twice in recent years. The business has changed. The customer has changed. Their eye for gorgeous stuff has not.
My heart skips a beat when I look through their offerings. The shirtings, the woolens (which work in all seasons, you know), the denims that least forever and wash like a dream, beautiful silks and specialty silks for ties... all sigh worthy. Long enduring relationships with suppliers from around the world make their unusual inventory possible.
Big broadway musicals, movies, plays - the wardrobe and costume people come here. The people who want to make to make luxurious clothing for themselves, for clients, for museums, with archival reasons in mind. They have been working with the best suppliers FOREVER. When is "forever"? 1952. Nowadays, that's forever...
It is quiet in this space, which is perfect for the peace-seeking creative. Do they have EVERYTHING? No. But that is why they are perfect in their selection of what they do have. There are no endless piles of ANYTHING in the store. Just the diamonds.
Not your everyday button store. There is a lot of knowledge in this shop - about button making, button history, garment district and industry information, AND NYC real estate knowledge. Why?!!!?!!!? Go there yourself, speak to the owner (who is usually about), and you'll learn why. It will be one of the most interesting conversations you'll have all day. Trust me.
This story can be told with a sad, wistful look at the past of a booming NY district, or it can be told with an optimistic look into the future. In this post, I will take the optimistic view...
The last retail fabric store of 40th Street is moving
On a quick trip to the garment district on Saturday, I learned that the LAST retail fabric store on that street (between 7th and 8th Aves) is moving. Whoa. Thrown by this news, I moaned about it being the end of an era... blah, blah, blah...
Yes. I am talking about NY Elegant Fabrics. That massive store on 40th Street with all of the delicious fabric eye candy in the windows. Oh no!!!!
But wait... not CLOSING... MOVING. New location to be announced very soon!
We can't deny that this is a sad moment for this iconic block in the district. This street once featured such district heavyweights as Rosen and Chadick, Lace Star (which is now Fabrics & Fabrics), and Sposabella... sigh....
But where are they now?
Oh wait... They have all MOVED!
And life has gone on. And it will continue to. We've gotta be grownups about this. What is important, is that we know where to find theses stores now. Then, GO to those places, SHOP, and SUPPORT these businesses to help them continue well into the future.
And, by the way, here's a link I must share. It helped me to see that this is nothing new... it is just a continuation of a long, inevitable change of the industry and the businesses the district can support in a brick and mortar environment. We can still shop online when possible and appropriate, and explore new locations, even mounting elevators when necessary!