Not Just A Label has always been one of my favorite online resources to discover new designers and right now they have their first pop-up shop open in the Waldorf Astoria New York. I wasn't able to make their opening so I popped in yesterday to check out some of my favorite NYC labels like Chromat, Study NY and Mimi Prober as well as to discover new ones like NARCISS by Alise Trautmane who is currently at Parsons. As much as possible I try to support emerging designers and I look at shopping for them alot like shopping for artwork. I am creating my own carefully curated collection that I want to wear for a lifetime.Seriously, when I look for something new I ask myself "Will I wear this when I'm 80?" and if the answer is YES then I know it's good. (I plan to be a rad 80 year old).
The problem is that alot of time I see things I want online but when you can't feel the fabric - never mind try it on it makes it harder to take the plunge. So this pop-up shop is a unique opportunity to see in person pieces that I have been coveting and the fact that there all New York based designers is great. So even though I didn't do a major shopping spree I was able to see the clothes in person and made a list on my i-phone of new-to-me designers to check out in the city. Let's face it: It's hard to live in New York. The cost of living is ridiculous and Manhattan is over-run by corporate interests and tourists. And despite all that thousands of brilliant and creative people live here so let's support one another as much as possible. The NJAL pop-up shop is a great place to start! The shop is only until December 13th so get there while you can!
In addition to a shopping experience there's a series of conversations addressing the unique challenges of New York in the evenings this week at 6 PM and Daily fashion films from 5 pm on. Tuesday 8th December | 6PM MANUFACTURING INNOVATION IN NY An Introspective Lens on New York City’s Ecosystem of Makers
Tara St James, Founder & Creative Director of Study NY, leads an informative discussion with local producers on why New York City’s vibrant manufacturing sector is essential to an environmentally sustainable city, and how transparency, collaboration and disruptive innovation are the keys to growth.
MATTHEW BURNETT and TANYA MENENDEZ, Co-Founders, Maker’s Row JOANN KIM, President, JK Fashion Studio ROY CAMPOS, Founder, Justin Paul DION SMITH, Founder, AJC Jewelry JOEL WEISS, Co-Founder, Carrera Casting JR MORRISSEY, Founder, The Factory ALEXANDER DABAGH, President, Park Avenue International Moderator: TARA ST JAMES, Creative Director, Study NY/ Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
Wednesday 9th December | 6PM THE FUTURE OF NYC FASHION EDUCATION Nurturing the Next Generation of Creative Catalysts in New York
The CFDA’s Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education & Professional Development at the CFDA will be joined by a panel of esteemed educators from New York City’s most iconic fashion institutions, to investigate why a cohesive commitment towards nurturing tomorrow’s thought leaders, through an integrative approach to design, will catalyze creativity in fashion.
SHELLEY FOX, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Parsons School of Design SASS BROWN, Acting Associate Dean for the School of Art and Design, Fashion Institute of Technology KIM JENKINS, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute JONATHAN KYLE FARMER, Professor and Chair, MFA Fashion Design School of Graduate Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology DEB JOHNSON, Executive Director at Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Moderator: SARA KOZLOWSKI, Director of Education, CFDA
Thursday 10th December | 6PM THE FASHION FORCE OF NEW YORK CITY The Realities of Designing Inside the Five Boroughs
NJAL Designer Bliss Lau leads an illustrious panel of New York City’s fashion iconoclasts to discuss the reality of practicing fashion today, and how the local industry can welcome and benefit from diverse design backgrounds from all five boroughs of New York City.
ADAM SELMAN, Designer, Adam Selman BECCA MCCHAREN, Designer & CEO, Chromat JASON ROSS, Designer, Artemas Quibble MARCIA PATMOS, Designer, M.Patmos GABI ASFOUR, Designer, ThreeAsFour JES WADE, Designer, Jes Wade Moderator: BLISS LAU, Founder, Bliss Lau
December 7th – 10th | from 5PM FASHION AND FANTASY NJAL’s Daily Fashion Film Festival
Join NJAL for a carefully curated selection of fashion film screenings from its diverse array of New York City design talent, all united by a common thread of visualizing fashion with passion and intensity. NJAL’s visual shorts will be on view everyday from 5pm at our dedicated screening area. A selection of fashion films have been put forward by 100 participating designers in NOT JUST A LABEL | Made in NY, and will be split into a series of four screenings, each running for 60 minutes.