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grace Jan 23rd, 2003 05:59 AM

Fabric Shopping NYC Garment District
Hello, we in the beginning stages of planning our Spring NYC trip. Several members of our group want to shop for fabric & trims - do I take them to the Garment District? I was under the impression that many of the shops are to the trade only; can anyone make some specific recommendations on where we should shop? Thanks for your help!

Liz Jan 23rd, 2003 06:16 AM

Here's a site you might find useful:<BR><BR><BR><BR>I've only been to the garment district once, and spent a short time in a few of the stores on 40th.<BR><BR>There seemed to be lots of places available. Don't remember any store's name in particular. If I had't been with my husband, I cound have happily spent lots of time there.

xxx Jan 23rd, 2003 06:41 AM

ABC Carpet &amp; Home has a huge fabric selection (expensive, though)--but are you looking for home furnishing fabrics or clothing fabrics?

grace Jan 23rd, 2003 07:14 AM

Liz, that site is fantastic - exactly what we needed. Looks like we will head to W. 40th., &quot;armed&quot; with this list!<BR><BR>XXX, I love ABC, but as you said, it is pricey!<BR><BR>Thanks to both of you for responding.

travelbuff Jan 23rd, 2003 07:27 AM

Grace:<BR><BR>There are several trim stores on 6th Ave that you might want to look at from 35th St up to about 39th mainly on the east side of the Ave. Lots of buttons, and trim and more.<BR><BR>Have fun while you are here.

Jen Jan 23rd, 2003 07:46 AM

Major fabric/trim shopping area includes the whole area around 39th and 40th between 7th and 8th; and along 8th from 36 to 40th. <BR><BR>And don't forget The Lower East Side, as well: The Orchard Street/Grand Street area is revitalizing itself, focused around the Tenement Museum, and has lots of fabric stores, boutiques, etc. And Lower Broadway, from south of Canal up to Houston.

janie Nov 4th, 2003 09:29 AM

topping for Irma

yeadonite May 5th, 2007 03:03 AM

sorry need help with this!

Anonymous May 5th, 2007 04:51 AM

What kind of help do you need? I've shopped these areas within the past year (i.e., the Garment District blocks outlined by Jen) and they don't change much.

mclaurie May 5th, 2007 06:32 AM

If you want upholstery fabric, go downtown (Harry Zarin is huge). If you want clothing fabric, Mood at

escargot May 5th, 2007 08:06 AM

when my kids were teens they loved MJ Trim for buckles, ribbons, - make your own belts, that type of thing - there used to be a bead store next to it but can't remember the name -

I like MJ Trim for tassels, fringe for pillows and comforters, etc - you can scope some of it out online but if you are looking for something particular they will hunt it up for you sometimes out back or upstairs

yeadonite May 5th, 2007 10:44 AM

Thanks All!
I want to start sewing again, on Long Island there had been a great store Fabric Mill that had desiners fabric at great prices (Malden Mills Polartec for about $6 a yard) but now they only have Upholstery fabric. Now I need an alternative!!!

mclaurie May 5th, 2007 11:51 AM

There are a bunch of them here

Mood and Paron are both good and discounted.

Lia May 15th, 2007 01:02 PM

mclaurie - thanks so much for the link! I'm headed to NYC tomorrow and was looking for a list of the fabric shops. Saw Mood on Project Runway so I had planned to stop there, but looks like I have a few more places to go!!

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