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Monday, July 16, 2012

NYC Garment District Service Provider Review: M&S Schmalberg

M&S Schmalberg
242 W 36th St. 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10018
212-244-2090


90 years. That's a long time. I'm a sucker for a family business. I also love tools, and long, technical explanations about how they would go about creating your piece.  You bring the fabric, and then you look at their walls, website, or something else you've seen to give them an idea of what you want.  They tell you if it is possible, talk about the process, and quote you a price. Then, you decide.

How about a bridal bouquet you can keep? Forever?  How about a large rosette to be used on a curtain tieback or pillow for home dec use?  How about a beautiful floral embellishment for your garment, your keepsake wedding journal, your hat, your hair, your... well, anything, really? Be sure to visit their website for ideas you didn't even know were possible.

Going to their office is a truly delightful experience.  Beautiful and comfortable to wander around in, you are encouraged to make yourself at home. You are greeted with enthusiasm, courtesy and respect, by people so passionate about what they do, you'll eventually have to tear yourself away.  Today I spoke with Warren (one of the owners), but the personality of the business is extremely customer-friendly.  I overheard customer conversations during the time I spent there, and am confident that the same level of kind guidance is offered to everyone who approaches them with an idea.

And boy, do they have examples to show off just how great the work is!  Floral topiaries, leaves, flowers ideal for window decorations, and LEATHER.... ahhhh... LEATHER!

Wanna know more?  Read this Wall Street Journal article.

And sculptural custom flowers are just the thing to take your project to the next level.  You don't need to go there to do business.  You can call or email, instead!

If you will be at the

City Source Expo
Tuesday, July 17
10am to 5pm
Fashion Institute of Technology
The Great Hall
Enter on 28th Street (between 7th and 8th)

so will they!

4 comments:

  1. I had the pleasure of a private tour with our American Sewing Guild group and to say that their work is amazing is an understatement! This Toledo sewer found the prices quite affordable for the custom work. I had in my mind that I might not be able to afford such custom work, but I was wrong! So wrong! Great staff, great owner, amazing process and fantastic end product. Can I say more? Yes - I want more flowers. ..

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    1. Same here! I thought it would be out of my price range, and was very surprised to learn that wasn't true!

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  2. This was one of the highlights of my day in the garment district in Oct. 2010, with the ASDP group during our conference. You're right, I could barely tear myself away, the flowers themselves are so gorgeous. But the hook for me was the behind the scenes tour of how they do that- old school iron molds, presses, and heat. What a treasure of a place! Thanks for bringing it back to mind for me.

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    1. Yes, they are a great old-fashioned business, and remain true to their customer-oriented philosophy. They really have beautiful samples, too!

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