Made in NYC showcased at Fashion Week Brooklyn

New York Embroidery Studio.
Jacob Grumulaitis for Made in NYC/Pratt Center for Community Development

Fashion Week Brooklyn was showcased on Friday, April 1 at the Made in NYC collections at the IW Gallery in Brooklyn.

According to Sarah A. Freiseis, special projects manager at the Brooklyn-based entertainment company,, Made in NYC is the Pratt Center for Community Development’s local branding initiative that “supports and advocates for local manufacturers and makers in the community.

“The participating designers in the runway show represent a wide variety of fashion categories,” she said. “From workwear to accessories and a range of materials from high-end Italian fabric to recycled plastic for handbags, the diversity of stylistic approaches is on full display.”

Freiseis told Caribbean Life that featured designers and labels included NOORISM, Ameliora, D. Webb Designs, UQNATU and Hip Hop Closet.

A worker at the Timberlake Studios. Jacob Grumulaitis

“Fashion Week Brooklyn is a bi-annual showing of international collections powered by the BK Style Foundation and is one of the leading fashion events showcasing the talent of aspiring and established designers from across the globe,” she said.

Freiseis said designers and brands work with the Made in NYC initiative in New York City, “providing a product pipeline to approximately 1,500 fashion manufacturers throughout the five boroughs.”

She said that, after the runway presentation, there was a fundraiser and an after-party at the Box Factory for Denim Night Out in support of Denim Day NYC.

“For over a decade, Denim Day NYC has been recognized during Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” Freiseis said. “It is a coalition of survivors, advocates, community organizations, city council members, and city agencies working together to raise awareness about sexual assault.”