Friday, December 18, 2015


We have been working with promoting local designers along with keeping manufacturing in the city at Sugar Hill Market and recently dropped by the Manhattanville School of Tailoring for a fit session last week.  Michael Thomas is a menswear label that has been selling at the Harlem pop-up who has now started working with small production runs trough the schools and has plans to move away from some of the production that is found in Brooklyn these days.  This was our first time at the school that teaches all garment-to-construction techniques to its student and it was just as impressive as our previous Parson's fashion education.

The Hamilton Heights educational institution has been set up in the parlor floor of 419 West 141st Street for decades and pretty much looks like one of the draping studios we had in our college years.  Industrial sewing machines, drafting tables and bust forms all lined the first floor brownstone space and a small international group of students worked steadily on projects during the course of the evening. Measurements for bespoke waist coats and pants from a previous order were being reviewed with Henry the instructor who is a longtime protege of the founder of the school.

We actually were surprised to hear a British accent from one young gentleman who asked for more direction on the pant that he was constructing and this really shows have diverse Harlem has become.  Our 4 year BFA at Parsons was a great education which had immersive design courses but those who have a strong fashion sensibility already and just want to learn how to drape, work with patterns and sew should definitely drop by the MST open house this weekend to learn more about the upcoming semester which are taught in the evenings: LINK

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