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Mole Princess
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Date: 5/22/13 9:51 AM

Hello all--

We are lethally allergic to mold (long story . . . ) but live pretty near the NYC garment district. In fact, my husband works right near it. I am wondering if the favorite stores there are safe for someone like me to visit. E.g. Mood, Metro, Spandex House . . .

In NJ I've been to some older buildings that I really can't stick around in, but age isn't always the issue--it's maintenance, how close to basement, etc.

Any hints? Thanks!

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Date: 5/22/13 10:23 AM

You can probably visit B&J and Rosen&Chadwick with no worries. If you are lethally allergic I would avoid the others...clearly fabric does not do well in moldy places... but some of the great bargain places are not as tidy as someone with allergies as severe as yours should hang out in.

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Date: 5/22/13 11:10 AM

I'm not lethally allergic to mold, but extremely sensitive to it and can usually smell it a mile away. I've been to the main well known stores (Mood, Parron's for example) there a few years ago and do not remember smelling any mold.

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Date: 5/22/13 11:20 AM

Mood is an elevator ride up, so above basement level. Sorry I can't recall the floor #, but you could call and ask. Fabric shopping has made me throw financial caution to the wind- your health situation is nothing to take chances with. Smart to think ahead and ask the key quesion. Have fun in places that suit you well.

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Date: 5/22/13 1:28 PM

Thanks everyone so far . . . and I should say, since I may have made you TOO concerned, I will not have an anaphylactic reaction to mold, so technically I am not lethally allergic. Some maybe would or do, so I should not exaggerate. However, the consequences of exposure for me are pretty nasty and in addition bringing fabric into our home that could itself pose an issue is not at all wise.

So, I appreciate all and any feedback from you all on this!

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Date: 5/22/13 2:30 PM

No mold or musty fabric here at Mood. Inventory changes too rapidly to get musty. Hope you can stop by!

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Date: 5/22/13 3:55 PM

Oh Mood, I'm in Long Island. Dying to hit your place. Very soon will be taking a trip in.
While you are here, can you tell me, do you carry a good selection of organics? mid to heavy wt printed nylon/poly/spandex? performance knits?
Thanks
Would hate to come in to find out you don't carry too many of that kind of fabric.

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Date: 5/22/13 5:12 PM

Yes, decent selection of bamboo knits and organic cottons. Good selection of nylon/poly/spandex. Not so much performance knits right now, but that varies. I commute from Long Island every day, so you can make the trip too!

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Date: 5/22/13 6:52 PM

I don't think I've ever experienced even a remote hint of mold in any of the stores. A little dust in a couple of the smaller places, maybe, but it could just be fabric fluff. The only time I've found shopping in the garment district stores unbearable was during a heat wave; AC there isn't set up to deal with 95 degree weather. These stores aren't in damp basements; they're street-level or higher and the livelihood of the owners is dependent on their offering clean, attractive stock.

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Date: 5/22/13 10:46 PM

I was worried after the huge storm and a few of my fav shopping stores (I'm on their newsletter), shut down in order to clean up

NOT their fabrics but storm damage -- When NYFashions re-opened I took a chance (allergic to mold and it does send me to the hospital). That said I bought 8 bolts of their lovely cotton Batiste and not a scent to it! Yahoooooo

Must get on the Mood website as I really appreciate you posting here!!

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