We went on the tour mostly to learn about the Garment District and how things are designed and produced. Since we are older women and larger than we should be :-( we didn't really expect to be making many purchases. The meeting place for the tour was an enormous store full of all kinds of trimmings, ribbon, buttons, beads etc. that was fascinating to me, as I do a lot of sewing, and don't have access to a fraction of the choices here. The first stop was to a handbag design and production showroom. We were both delighted to purchase a beautiful leather handbag each, at huge discount. Some of the women on the tour came away with more than one bag each, and were looking very happy! At a couple of other stops, we found high end costume jewelry and made more purchases there. At another, I found an adorable summer sundress for my young, beautiful and slim daughter-in-law. Even at the showrooms where we could not shop, it was enjoyable to admire the quality and craftsmanship of the clothes on view. One showroom had outerwear made from beautiful furs and lovely soft cashmere fabrics. Our guide Keve was organized, knowledgeable and helpful, and let us know what to expect at each stop and how much time we would have. As we walked along she pointed out hastily handwritten signs in some wholesale windows, and explained that they meant that walk-in shoppers were welcome that day only, for special sample sales. At the end of the tour, she gave us a list of other places we could visit on that particular day that would be worthwhile. I only wished we had more time in New York, now that we had these new insider tips & suggestions. So yes, anyone who is interested in clothes and accessories would enjoy this fun and varied look at the garment industry in New York. And probably not come away empty handed!
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