|Glorious woolens - I'll show you where! (Or you may already know...)
This post was inspired by a recent private tour I did with a client. I love to help people navigate and shop the garment district, and often help to teach them the garment district culture, so they know how to operate to get what they need. Since the readers of this blog are both shoppers and proprietors of businesses in the district, I cannot share some some of the specifics with you here (I'd have to whisper... and you're not within earshot), but here is some food for thought. Some of you know many of these answers already, and believe me, it would be nothing but helpful for you to comment publicly below if you are so inclined... but I will also comment when I feel an answer is specifically incorrect and/or incomplete.
So... let's say...
You've found a great fabric for your project. You need 3 and 1/2 yards of it. When the sales assistant unrolls the fabric, you see that there are three full yards, and a 3/4 yard piece of it, perhaps with a jagged swatch cut from one corner. Do you buy it anyway? How much of it do you buy? What should the vendor offer you (if anything) as an incentive for you to buy it? What factors do you need to consider? What question(s) should you ask?
You see a fabric you love, and you are thinking of buying it. You ask for the price. The vendor asks how much you want to buy. What is your answer?
You see a fabric you want to buy. You ask for the price. The vendor hesitates, and then gives a number. What question do you ask next? How would you get a sense if the price quoted is fair?
You are thinking of starting a line, or producing something in significant quantity. You want to find the right vendors for your supplies. Where should you start? Do you go to your favorite fabric store? Do you go to the Fashion Kiosk? Why, or why not?
You want a reversible invisible zipper. Does it exist?
You want a two way invisible zipper. Does that exist?
You need bra cups for an evening gown. You are between a C and a D cup. Do you buy the cup that may be a bit too large, or a bit too small? Why?
You need buttonholes made. How do you mark them? Is there a correct method to get the results you need? What are your options?
Where can I get handbag hardware? Once I get it, will I be able to actually make a bag on my own?
Why aren't the answers to these questions listed above?
This marks 31 years that I've been shopping in the district - and yes, I've been sewing and shopping here since I was a child (not joking), and I've learned a great deal. It is my goal to help you learn a great deal, too! Click here to book a private tour, get a map, or or come on a Speakeasy, and I'll help you learn what you need to know!