New York Wholesale Clothing District Expands Beyond Its Borders

The New York wholesale clothing district, traditionally based in the New York Garment District, has actually expanded beyond its former borders. You can now discover New York clothing wholesalers located In Greenpoint, where my closeout business, is located, to other neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Queens, downtown Brooklyn, and even in cities in New Jersey such as Elizabeth and Pasaic.

Wholesale Buying Opportunities In The New York Wholesale Clothing Market

There are many wholesale buying opportunities in the New York Fashion District. The District, which is also known as the New York Garment Center, is comprised of designers, importers, wholesale showrooms, and jobbers that specialize in apparel, and related fashion. The Fashion District is centered around 34th st and 7th ave, and extends all the way down to 23rd st. While in its heyday you could find some of the most vibrant clothing manufacturers located around 7th ave, most of the actual manufacturing is now done overseas, in countries such as China, Mexico, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. You can still find manufacturing being done in New York, but due to higher labor costs, that production is usually for high end labels that can charge a premium, by designers that are producing in smaller runs, or by clothing brands that need to be able to deliver their apparel to boutiques and department stores on an demand basis.

When searching for wholesale clothing in the New York Garment district you need to understand the different types of clothing vendors that you will encounter. Understanding and knowing the requirements that each type of vendor has will allow you maximize your time and make the best wholesale buying decisions. While it might seem daunting at first, exploring the area can be very lucrative, which is why you will see shoppers ranging from Nigerian boutique owners to Chinese importers spending time there.

Corporate Showrooms: A corporate showroom is an office that belongs to a major designer such as Tahari or Jones New York. In their offices they will display samples of their latest styles and will take orders based on their current seasonal production. Corporate showrooms generally restrict their sales to national department stores such as Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and JC Penney.

Designer Showrooms: Designer showrooms can range from internationally known designers to up and coming designers that might share an office suite. While it can be challenging for the owner of a small store to work with established designers, there can be some pretty good wholesale opportunities when dealing with new designers. They will be happy to have a relationship with a new shop, or wholesaler, that is willing to carry their clothing, and to even buy their surplus production and store returns.

Jobbers: A jobber is a business agent that looks for closeout deals on clothing and then shops them around to his list of closeout buyers. While you will be working with a middleman you will have the advantage of working with someone who might know where to find merchandise which you otherwise would not know about.

Importers: An importer generally either manufactures clothing abroad and brings them to his New York clothing warehouse, or stocks clothing which he purchases from the actual producers. An importer can supply your store with brand new clothing at very low prices, but you need to be careful to make sure that the quality meets your standards, and that you are buying authentic and licensed merchandise if it carries a brand name.

New York Wholesale Clothing Market

The New York wholesale clothing market is one of the most vibrant wholesale and closeout markets in the entire world, consisting of importers sourcing apparel from Asia, the Middle East, and South America, to garment manufacturers located in the New York Garment District, to wholesalers purchasing overstock and store returns from department stores and designers.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of wholesale buyers that visit the Big Apple every year looking for brand name clothing for their boutiques back home. Just walk the streets in the Fashion District and you will see shoppers from all over the United States, and from as far as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, China, and Lebanon, all looking to purchase wholesale merchandise for their businesses back home.

In addition to the wholesale clothing showrooms which you will find in Manhattan, you can also visit wholesale warehouses in Brooklyn, Long Island, Staten Island, Queens, and even New Jersey for that matter.

What makes New York such a great place to buy and sell closeout apparel is because there are so many buyers and sellers all actively courting each other, it means that due to the competitive nature of business you will be able to find the most amazing deals on authentic products.

One important caveat is that you need to ensure that you are buying authentic wholesale clothes. While you can usually have a good idea based on the look and the feel of the clothes, you will want to know how the wholesaler came to buy his goods, and if you need any special licenses, or must conform to any restrictions while selling the merchandise.

It is for this reason that I focus on brand name products which are overstock and store returns from major American department stores. By carefully buying the right merchandise, I can offer my customers original brand name merchandise at below wholesale and closeout liquidation prices.


Donny Lowy



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