As a native New Yorker who typically hates to appear even the slightest bit touristy, I usually avoid sightseeing at all costs. However, because of my deep fascination with all things fashion related, I recently took a FREE walking tour of NYC's garment district. The weather wasn't ideal- It was a below freezing blustery day in NYC, but about a dozen and a half fashion lovers bundled up and braved the cold for a 2 hour dose of fashion history.
On weekdays, the tour provides an insider's glimpse into the area's inner workings. It includes visits to showrooms and factories, a famous fabric store, and workspace locations of famous designers such as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren. However, because I went on a weekend instead of a weekday, these aspects of the tour were not possible (business operate only Monday- Friday). So my fellow tour-goers and I got a historical tour. We saw the fashion walk of fame, buildings that were critical in the early development of the fashion district, meaningful artwork and historic streets.
Tours are 100% FREE thanks to the Fashion BID (Business Improvement District). For a schedule of upcoming tours, click here.
- RSVP in advance, here.
- This is a great tour for tourists and Native New Yorkers alike.
- Go on a weekday if you are looking for the modern side of the tour.
- Go on a weekend if you are interested in the tour's historical aspects.
- Take the tour in the spring when it is nice to walk around or wear tons of layers when it is cold.
- Bring a camera; you never know what you will see and who you will run into.