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Planning a Trip to the NYC Garment District!
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Date: 2/6/14 9:24 PM

My mother, sister, and I are thinking of making a trip to NYC this spring/summer! This will be the first time I've gone to NYC since I was a little girl, so I'm excited at the prospect. I'm planning on spending a couple of days in the garment district, if possible.
(I looked at what topics I could find on PR about the garment district, but some of them are clearly outdated)
I want to find the places with a nice selection of discount fabrics, remnants, silks, cotton netting and natural fiber laces, of other natural fibers. I have no use for synthetics, unless it's something spectacularly fabulous, for a gift for a friend. Synthetics cause me skin issues in the Florida heat, for some reason.
I only have access to Joann's and Walmarts where I live, so I'm excited to get the chance to find some fabrics that are harder to find!

I would be so thankful if you all could give me pointers to which stores would have a nice selection of what type of fabric I'm looking for! I'd be content to wander around on my own and find it all by myself, but I don't know how long I'll have to look around at this point of trip planning. Chances are my younger sister or my mom will be with me most of the time, and they tend to rush me or get antsy or impatient with my slower pace. If I have an idea of where to visit, it will cut down on the time I spend looking for the right shops!
Thanks!

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Date: 2/7/14 6:11 AM

There is a visitors center there, google NY Garment district and there is a ton of info. The visitors center has a map with all the stores listed. I spent 3 days in the Garment District last spring, and had a blast. If you have a project you are working on and need a specific color zipper or trim, bring samples with you. There are Button only stores, zipper only stores, etc. For Fabric:
I would highly recommend Metro Textiles 265 W 37th. Suite 908. It is on the 9th floor. A little intimidating, but Mr. Kashi is so nice and the selection and prices are wonderful. He will ship and he knows Pattern Review, so you can mention it.
The other place just to see is M&J Trimming. 1008 Sixth Ave. A whole big store of trims (laces, elastic, buckles, cording) It is amazing.
Have fun!

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Date: 2/7/14 7:22 AM

See the "Search Board" button above? Type NYC garment district in the search box, choose Titles and all forums. Have fun reading!

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Date: 2/7/14 9:23 AM

Agree with earlier comment....Kashi at Metro.

Also, Mood, Paron & B & J.

My personal favorite...Elliott Berman, no junk to weed through....

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Date: 2/7/14 11:15 AM

I hope you're planning to stay in Mid-town as that's close to the garment dist. LaQuinta has nice size rooms and for nyc reasonable rates.

If you have enough time, don't miss the Fashion Institute museum:
Fashion museum

Here's a blog that talks about all the things to do in the garment district:
Shop the Garment Dist

You can mail your purchases home or make sure to bring extra suitcases. It's overwhelmingly wonderful !

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Date: 2/7/14 4:27 PM

Thank you all for your recommendations!
I keep hearing about how great Kashi is from everyone, so if I get a chance to stop by there, I'll just have to tell him that he is overwhelmingly recommended by everyone! :)
@sewdoggie22, thank you for the hotel suggestion! My mother is in charge of where we stay, but I'll mention that to her.I do want to visit the FIT, too.

I'll stop by the visitor's center, then, too, if it lists shops! Thanks, everyone! :D

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Date: 2/7/14 5:19 PM

Was there in December. The notion stores are great. My favorite was Paron's for great bargains - I bougt more there than anywhere. Watch for Groupons for Parons before you go. Mood by far had the best selection for variety.

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Date: 2/7/14 5:42 PM

When Sigrid was here in the fall we went to Chic fabrics. They have the best price on silk organza also stretch silks that are good for linings. Well other things too, but good enough price for linings. Lots of silks at good prices.
Don't miss Pacific Trimming. I am addicted to Riri zippers and they have the best selection of anyone and will make them up to size while you wait. They also have real petersham, bu they call it rayon grosgrain. They also have the biggest selection of decorative elastics I've ever seen.I like Bottani Buttons and it's right in the district. They also have a high end zipper from Italy and the best selection of bag findings if you make handbags.
You may be looking for bargains but you shouldn't miss either Mood or B&J fabrics especially the latter if you want something really special. They also have good prices on some things. Mood especially. Paron is a good place to shop as well.

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Date: 3/13/14 9:06 PM

(Replying a little late, but oh well!)
Thank you for your replies!
I've always heard that Mood and B&J fabrics could be pretty expensive, at least in the way that you could find the same fabric in another place for les money, but that they had an excellent selection. I'll definitely be checking them out, but unless I'm suddenly rich I probably won't buy too much from them. :D
I'll definitely be looking at Paron's, though! :)

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Date: 3/14/14 12:16 PM

Based on their online prices, it doesn't seem like Mood is extremely expensive, just not a fabric.com in regards to pricing - B&J seems more expensive. Maybe someone who has been there in person could clarify?

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