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The Garment District

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While everyone else is busy getting ready to celebrate design at fashion week, Cathy Horyn stopped to take a look at part of what goes on behind the scenes and how the clothes are actually produced. In a completely brilliant interview, production specialist Cindy Ferrara looks at the evolution of the Garment District from a place where clothes were made and sold to a base of operations for design and marketing. She also forecasts a future where even design is outsourced, and the garment district becomes a place for people who just sell things and run warehouses. "We'd give the Chinese the machines and the training, they'd give us garments. The know-how was still here in America," she said. "Now the know-how is gone, it's really gone, and they have the know-how. What we are going to become is the sellers." [NYT]