What's Going on in the Garment District?
A web essay that describes how (and why) Manhattan's Garment District works
Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore
What's going on in Manhattan's Garment District? That depends on who's asking, and on where "who's asking" is asking from.
The panoramic section published in Places Journal, in which we peel back the bricks to reveal what we have seen and studied in the Garment District, is our "oligopticon." Our limited, situated knowledge of "what's going on in the garment district" is compiled not only from what we were able to see on our computer screens, but also from countless site visits and from dozens of interviews with designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, industry experts, and city officials. In Latourian fashion, we "followed the actors" as best as we could, in the hope that we could tell an interesting story about this remarkable place.