Manufacture New York and Johnny’s Fashion Studio in The New York Times

Independent designers, rejoice! Bob Bland has dreamt up a solution for small labels going bust. After a year of pitching the idea of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid solely for independent designers with production centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Bland has finally done it. She intends to “provide talented, hard working designers with the resources they need to make a living doing what they love.” Bland will be able to accommodate up to 70 designers, charging a monthly fee of $275 for full access to high-quality production facilities. First step, a newly formed partnership with Johnny Kim of Johnny’s Fashion Studio. The two share vision of educating independent designers. What a radical idea! Bland seems to think so. Her mission is to bring unity to designers and technology.

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