NYC Design Week starts this weekend and I'm excited to have Canoe as part of the American Design Club pop-up event at Industry City in Brooklyn. If you're in town, check out the opening party this Saturday from 8-11pm on 2nd Ave between 36th/37th st in Brooklyn. The pop-up will feature maker demos and a great selection of USA-made goods, up from May 10th-20th.
Style Ledger posted a great behind-the-scenes look at American manufacturing with a visit to Martin Greenfield in Brooklyn. Greenfield's tailors clothing for companies like Freeman's Sporting Club and Brooks Brothers. I've always been mesmerized by "how it's made" films, and this one is no different.
Looking around the factory floor, it's pretty obvious that most of the workers are over a certain age. Who will replace them when they retire? Are there vocational schools for tailoring, or is an apprenticeship the route for such training? Supporting "made in the USA" is extremely important to us at Tool & Tack, but it raises issues about replenishing the workforce in niche manufacturing sectors like fashion. What are your thoughts?