I have lived in New York for almost twenty years and when I decided to create my clothing line it was obvious that it had to be a “Made in NYC” label. It was not a choice based on marketing or fad, but one driven by both logic and personal ethical belief about labor, the environment, and the importance of community.
Except for the fabric itself, everything in the Aline Voldoire line -including hangtags, patterns, samples, fabric printing, and final product- is made right here in New York.
As a small business it makes more sense to manufacture locally. It allows me to save time and minimize stress by being able to see and discuss prototypes with fabric suppliers, silk-screener, and manufacturer until the product is exactly what I want.
Producing in NYC also makes it easier to work with socially responsible manufacturers. I am not interested in building a company at the expense of others. I want to collaborate with businesses that respect labor laws and treat their employees as people. I have developed meaningful relationships with small, independent ateliers in the city: my sewing contractor in the Garment District is woman-owned and and my fabric silk-screener, located in Brooklyn is a two generation family business. Both engage in just labor practices and pay their employees a fair wage.
Producing domestically is about sustainability as well. A significant advantage of producing locally is that is minimizes the CO2 emissions involved in shipping of samples and final goods. The environmental cost of shipping is astronomical as the transportation sector accounts for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And because NYC has such an extensive and efficient public transit system, an added bonus is that I can take the subway to go the printer or the factory!
Finally, manufacturing in NYC is about honoring the community I have called home for almost half my life. I have developed meaningful and friendly relationships with the small businesses I work with. I cherish the dynamism and the diversity of the city and I want to contribute to it by rooting as many aspects as possible of my business here. Doing it anywhere else would go against what I stand for.
Original print being silk screened at EFS Designs in Brooklyn
The heart of the Garment District, steps from where my clothes are made.
Me in Riverside Park!
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