|If you want to make a Chanel-inspired jacket, this is the place!|
That is, until yesterday...
Yes, I've heard it is a great place, highly praised by such quality sewing professionals as Susan Khalje and Claire Shaeffer, but, until now, I simply hadn't explored why.
While inside this delightful, quiet store, I had a wonderful conversation with Alice, the host, great-granddaughter of Mendel Goldberg, and personality of the shop, who greeted me warmly and explained what sets her family business apart from the garment district fabric stores.
Now, I understand.
In business since 1890, this small boutique fabric shop is a carefully and beautifully curated collection of exquisite fabrics hand selected by Alice (Goldberg) from the finest mills in Europe. A New York Times article written about the store gives a beautiful impression of its history. I saw wool guipure, brocades to die for, and colors and prints that are absolutely swoon-worthy. No kidding.
|Pictures of the fabrics don't do them justice. Visit, see, and touch to learn for yourself!|
I was fortunate enough to accidentally eavesdrop on an appointment with a shopper (yes, they do allow appointments) during my visit, and was truly impressed by the level of customer service the client received. Advice like, "I would not suggest that fabric for you.", and "You'll need more yardage to create that." was offered with a firm and patient tone, and she even went the extra mile to give more suggestions, which included products inspired by the client's requests during the appointment, which were then happily retrieved from the downstairs inventory.
Where they win: Quality, Curation of goods, Shipping options and Customer Service. If you are the right type of client for this shop, this is a unique and fabulous resource. I must have touched just about everything they have to offer during my visit, and was truly thrilled with the experience.
This is a place to go for fabric to create special-occasion wear or high-end pieces. Before visiting, be sure to note the prices of the fabrics on the website, because that is the ballpark range you should be expecting to see when shopping there.
Mendel Goldberg Fabrics
72 Hester Street
New York, NY
Worth noting - this business has been in the same location since 1890. That means, in addition to all of the changes our city has faced since then, it has survived BOTH 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Now, that's resilience!