New York City officials have revealed plans to invest $3.5 million USD in a new fashion epicenter called the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles & Wearable Tech. Designed to increase local manufacturing, create jobs and support up-and-coming designers, the 160,000-square-foot facility will be housed in the Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. With construction expected to get under way by New York Fashion Week in February, Ole Sondresen Architect will oversee thenine-month redesign. The space aims to house 20 to 30 businesses and up to 50 designers. Of the total layout, 110,000 square feet will be dedicated to active manufacturing.
The innovation den will offer an assortment of services, including a workforce-development center, a research-and-development center, a small-run factory specializing in sample-making, and incubator space containing 12 private studios, classroom space, conference rooms, a computer lab, an industrial sewing room, storage and work areas for 50 designers.
To learn more about the intriguing initiative head over to WWD.