“Made in Midtown: Proximity” by Jordan Alport is a fascinating short documentary that explains why New York City fashion designers need the Garment District and the local fashion manufacturing industry for which it is named. The film is a companion to Made in Midtown, a collaborative study between the Design Trust for Public Space and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, two organizations that are concerned about the future of the Garment District.
Made in Midtown is about much more than fashion. It’s about one of the last neighborhoods in Manhattan that has not yet been remade by recent waves of new development. It’s about jobs and immigrant workers. It’s about the decisions city officials make to support certain kinds of businesses and land-use development, whether it’s baseball stadiums, high-rise condominiums, or factories.