For the first time since the start of the pandemic, NYFW presented several live Fall 2022 collections successfully, via digital or live shows. Either way, designers wowed their audiences. At various venues around town, proof of vaccinations, test results or both were always required for entry, whether you had an invitation or ticket. Nevertheless, the turnout was tremendous. On the runways, the shows, clothes, music, lights and the Fall ’22 fashions were fabulous!

To start things off, NYC’s Mayor Eric Adams announced a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to help provide more jobs and expand workforce training in garment manufacturing, fashion design and other affiliated businesses. It’s part of a redevelopment of the Made in New York (MiNY) Campus at Brooklyn’s Bush Terminal in Sunset Park. The MiNY Garment Hub will create 460 onsite fashion jobs and train 500 people.

“Additionally, in New York, we are leading the way and showing that prioritizing sustainability can go hand-in-hand with the fashion industry, “said Mayor Adams.

“New York City is the fashion capital of the world. The Made in New York Campus reflects the Adams administration’s commitment to make sure we remain that way,” stated Maria Torres-Springer, deputy mayor for Economic and Workforce Development. Slow Factory will join the MiNY Garment Hub as the first anchor tenant, and the institute will provide a physical home for Slow Factory’s “Open Edu” program, a free and accessible education series on climate justice, climate solutions, and climate-positive design. The program will be integrated with Slow Factory Labs, a physical manufacturing facility for the regenerative material innovation on their plant-based leather, slow-hide. “Reducing fashion’s carbon footprints is not only trendsetting, but necessary in the fight for climate change,” commented Rachel Loeb, NYCEDC president and CEO. For more information on The Garment Hub, business owners can visit www.ede.nyc/MiNYGarmentHub.

On the NYFW Fall ’22 runway, the Negris LeBrum company celebrated their 10th anniversary with an amazing Autumn/Winter ’22-’23 “Black Is Beautiful” collection. They featured pinstripes, knits and vegan suede pieces that offered comfort, versatility and elegance. The look is a modern take on menswear that’s enhanced with contrast cuts and romantic feminine silhouettes.

With each new collection, Negris LaBrum introduces a style that fits powerful modern women. Their clothes are designed with collaborative tones to emphasize a woman’s aspirations, attitude and strength in society.

The foundation of the brand stems from the Negris love story. Designer Travis Hamilton was inspired to create the Negris LeBrum line from an incredible love story.

The story began in the 1940s between a beautiful French Creole woman, Negris and a handsome Black man, Sam LeBrum. Society frowned upon their union, making it difficult for them to be together. In the end, the two were brought together by a force so strong, love.

Through fashion, their story is being shared around the world. For the past 10 years, Negris LeBrum has consistently had a memorable presence this season. The company has created a growing force in the fashion industry. Tom Ford, CDFA chair and fashion designer noted that, “The Negris LeBrum label was a ‘Rising Talent to Watch.’” What’s Hamilton’s most memorable memory? “At the moment, my most memorable experience is being included in a Vanity Fair Italy editorial with other houses such as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana in the publication’s September 2021 issue.”

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