From a 2/5/11 article by Patrick Huguenin for New York Daily News:
"In New York City, a dense few blocks in the West 30s are the fashion industry's busiest hive.
Here, in the Garment District, embroiderers set up shop next to button sellers and leather workers. Designers can pick up a zipper, a dress sample and a replacement stiletto heel in a five-minute walk.
But it's an area that faces hazards. It has seen businesses die off as designers outsource production overseas. As with any other New York City block, it has come under the eye of eager developers and faces complex questions of rezoning. The district's survival depends on public support, dedicated designers and a new breed of shopper: the fashion locavore." Read the rest of the article here.