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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We absolutely loved the garment fashion district and all of the history, "Project Runway" sites, etc! We learned so much about what the immigrants went through to produce beautiful clothes and the rich who wanted nothing to do with them, and the whole history of the area and fashion itself. The statue of the tailor and button/needle and ambience was just amazing. We had a wonderful tour guide from SEEK named Liz, and then walked around ourselves amongst the stores and sights. It's a small area but rich in history. I am a big "Project Runway" fan and loved MOOD-- everyone was so kind and helpful and fun. I am just sorry that I missed Swatch and Tim Gunn! :)

PS-- there are free walking tours available but not when we went and we appreciated the guided tour information--history of garment, fashion, why it's in NYC, etc, etc! There is a fee for the guided tour (SEEK) that we went on, but not to walk around the district.

Most free tours, we learned in NYC from the locals rely on (expect) generous tips....

3  Thank RitaBrandley
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

The Garment District is a veritable hub of fabric, trims, and notions . . .all within an arm's reach. Most stores lie between 7th and 8th Ave, from 34th to 40th streets (okay, the best ones). Do remember to take your fabric requirements with you, or make sure your smart phone is powered up to search and search. Sometimes the shop owners are abrasive, but all are highly helpful. They will send you to another store if you ask for something they don't have, and all are filled to the gills with expensive to cheap fabrics. Though, enter this area with a full wallet as you will leave broke. Yes, broke. It doesn't matter how faithful you are to your list there is always something that will make you spend "just a little more."

Mood, famous from Project Runway, lies 37th between 7th and 8th, and yes it seems everyone wants to go there now. The prices can be high, but if you are wanting high end names (and quality) then yea . . . for instance, you can certainly own an Oscar de la Renta . . .a la your sewing machine with Oscar de la Renta fabric from Mood. I do. I own two to be precise. Spend a few hours here, as there are three floors and ample staff to help you. If you are kind, smile, and really need the lift just ask an associate to let you use it (though, being lazy and trying to use it will most likely get you a no). Though, keep in mind there's an elevator from the street to the store (and the doorman will automatically know you are going to Mood (trust me), but once inside Mood it's the stairs to jump levels. My favorite section is the silks, which I never seam to escape with less than a hundred bucks in goods. If you are looking for the tourist experience, former cast mates of Project Runway work in the store and Patches is there from time to time. Though, the fabric will always take center stage. Be prepared to get a little overwhelmed.

Aside from a plethora of great shops, Ebad's (literally around the corner from Mood--across from a Scottish bar) sells good, functional fabrics at mid range prices. I go to him for wearable muslin fabrics, as whenever I bust out a new blazer, pants, or shirt pattern textiles from him make the first go around. Of course, ask him for near any fabric or notion and if he doesn't have it he'll send you to a great number of stores (just not Mood). ;)

13  Thank nycbookwriter
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Awesome selection of fabrics, buttons, trimmings and everything you need to create garments. Also, a lot of stores with a large variety of clothes for sale at very good prices. The neighborhood is centrally located. Close to public library, Rockefeller Center, 42 Street, etc...

3  Thank Happytraveling055
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Here's where you earn your stripes. Yes you may have to walk a few blocks but the shopping can be worth it. See where the cloths are made and sold as well as the fabric and all the trimmings. These small stores sale their "samples" for CHEAP prices. We bought jeans for $5 as well as nice shirts and sweaters. Ladies bring a good bag to load down with these great buys. And don't forget the shoes sold here!

10  Thank Dale G
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

I went to M&J Trims (I was on a tight timeline) and nearly missed my dinner reservations. There is every kind of trim, ribbon, fringe, you name it in there. They will cut you as little or as much as you want but they are busy so just browse all you want and make all your selections at the end.

4  Thank Hippie558
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