Hundreds of new jobs in fashion design and garment manufacturing will be created in Brooklyn in 2015, thanks to the upcoming launch of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles & Wearable Tech, a new fashion epicenter. New York City officials today announced plans to give $3.5 million in funding to the hub, Women’s Wear Daily reports (subscription required).
The space aims to support up-and-coming designers, encourage local manufacturing, and create jobs in the fashion industry, which currently makes up almost 6% of the city’s workforce. It will be home to 20 to 30 businesses and up to 50 designers, and is expected to create around 300 jobs.
Services offered will range from a small factory specializing in sample-making, to a research-and-development center focused on wearable tech, to a workforce development center. An incubator space will host 12 private studios, classrooms and conference rooms, a computer lab, an industrial sewing room, and work areas for 50 designers.
Ole Sondresen Architect, which has designed spaces for Etsy and Kickstarter, will lead the redesign of the 160,000-square-foot headquarters. They’ll be located in currently unoccupied floors of the Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, an eight-story industrial building on the waterfront. Construction will begin in February–at the kickoff of New York Fashion Week–and will take around nine months to complete.