What would New York City be without fashion? That would be me without coffee. Although you can’t always see fashion on the streets of the city, of course in general more than in every other city, but it is a metropolis so there are a lot of different people on the streets. Of course, there’re fashionistas that stick out here and there and all you wanna do is follow them to see where they’re going. A question I’ve always had was where do people like that work? How is their working environment? We had the incredible possibility to find out, where the one or other fashionable person in New York City spends his/her time working:
The building is found easily (where else could it be than on 7th/Fashion Ave.?) and it just looks like another companys’ building. As soon as you set a foot in it you find out that it is not. That building is where Nanette Lapore has her design studio. This is where ideas emerge and lastest collections get presented to buyers from the big fashion houses all over the world.
We were welcomed by Allyn Prinzing, the pattern maker and designer at Nanette Lepore. She gave us the grand tour through the company and we had the chance to ask her all our questions, talk to a lot of workers and even the Designer Nanette herself. Allyn first showed us the “unfancy” site of the fashion industry and led us in the fashion studio.
I wouldn’t put it as “unfancy” it is more of an creative mess. But isn’t that always the prove of good work? Millions of Patterns, and these are just the current ones. Long tables, bright light.
Creations in progress. Pattern makers are trying to perfect the prototype that can be used with all kinds of different fabrics. Important is the fit but also the look, keeping it in different sized makes it easier to find the perfect fit. Not surprising: Latest WWD issue in the background.
The sketch and the version in real fabric. It’s a long process to bring a design to life, make it look good and make it work.
A lot of colorful fabrics. Color is an important component at Nanette Lepore
Modern technology is really important in the fashion industry. Machines help to digitalize the first design. Improvement is faster if you can use the computer. After that, they print the pattern and the cutters’ job is to cut the pieces out of the designated fabric.
The fancy part was a few floors above: The showroom, perfect place for meetings, a really chic, white and open space
Their showroom, this is where the latest collections get shown to buyers from big fashion houses all over the world
Latest pieces to give prospective customers an idea of how the collection is like
Allyn Prinzing, answering all our questions about the business and herself like: when did you decide to work in fashion? Where did you go to college/start? How does your work change during fashion week? How would a normal day look like for you? We had a lot of them and she was amazingly nice and patient and answered them all. We’re really thankful!
Latest show at New York fashion week. “So if we watch that right now, you can say that you made this and helped developing that..??” She answered with a chuckle “Yes, I guess!” Yes, we were speechless for a second and so amazed at the same time.
Allyn showing us a few of the pieces. A lot of them were at a fashion show in Atlanta, but that didn’t make it less interesting at all.
Shoes and bags from the Spring/Summer ’13 collection
Spring/Summer ’13 Collection Accessories. Their new line of (beautiful) belts.
Us infront of the building after the meeting. Photographer: Allyn Prinzing
Love always, x