New York City

Tour Fashion Factory & Create a souvenir

New York City, USA
Tour Fashion Factory and Create a souvenir
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover New York’s Garment District, just blocks away from Times Square, and visit a factory to meet artisans who create clothing and theater costumes as well as embellishments and embroideries on this guided tour. Plus, you’ll be able to customize your own souvenir (a tote bag or t-shirt) using embroidery templates.
  • Visit a factory and learn about NYC’s manufacturing industry
  • Receive personalized souvenir that you can customize
  • This tour is a good option for first-time and returning visitors
  • Depart from a convenient location near Times Square

What's Included

  • Select a Tote bag or a Tee Shirt for your customized garment industry design
  • use of the machines
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 551 Fashion Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA

    Meet at the needle threading button and the sewing man Manhattan, New York

Start time

11:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Reviews

4.5
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Memorable and wonderful
Lindsey_S, Jul 2023
My tour with Samanta was wonderful and I had an amazing time. This was the most personable tour catered to my interests of what I wanted to learn about fashion. Samanta shared so much knowledge and was an incredible host/guide. As someone who is fascinated by fashion and how things work behind the scenes, I loved every part of this tour. Designing my embroidered tote is a forever keepsake I will cherish. I’m so happy I booked this tour and would highly recommend it.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
It was my pleasure, thank you for the beautiful review.
Fun for a fashionista granddaughter
Gail_V, May 2023
My granddaughter loved the tour and really loved designing her tote bag. She was very happy with her keepsake!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you for the review!
Very enjoyable and informative!
Ruth_Q, Apr 2023
Our guide was engaging and informative. She showed our 14 year old and us many samples of fabric and then photos of the final designer dresses that had been created. We all enjoyed ourselves throughout the tour. It was fun to design the bags and t-shirt.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
I enjoyed giving the tour you guys!
Amazing insights based on real industry experience
Mike_C, Mar 2023
My son is a senior apparel design student and he wanted to learn more about the “real” apparel/fashion industry from a long time professional. We booked the tour with Samanta not completely sure what he would learn but we signed up. We met Samanta at the Sewing Man statue in the garment district right on time and we were excited that we were the only people in the tour that day. We introduced ourselves and explained our son’s goal to understand the industry better as he prepares to start his career. Sam understood our goal and adjusted the tour to help us get the most out of it. She showed us a full embroidery factory and explained how the industry has changed in the last 3-5 years. She was able to speak the same language with my son and show him how sketches are brought to samples and discussed how those samples get mass produced. We visited a couple of specialty shops to understand how you source some of the items to produce a sample piece. We visited a patterns, samples, grading and marking shop and talked with the owner and his team which was amazing. They were so welcoming to us and provided some really great insights. Sam’s 25+ years of experience was so valuable in helping my son get real answers to questions that you can’t learn in a classroom. We ended the tour in a huge, 3 story fabric provider where we talked about fabric sourcing and great ideas for collaboration with large brands. We really valued our time with Samanta and the insights she shared with us. She adapted the tour to provide the most value to my son which was tremendous. In looking back I wish we would have communicated our goal for the tour earlier as I think Sam would have been able to set up even more sites and have more information for us. That said, even with short notice Sam was able to deliver a great tour that really helped my son get some real world apparel industry knowledge. I would highly recommend taking a tour with Samanta if you are an apparel/fashion student looking for insights into the REAL industry.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
I’m happy you enjoyed the tour, as I mentioned to your son I’ll be around if he needs anything .
A peek into the fashion world
Wendy_R, Mar 2023
Loved getting to talk to someone that is part of the industry.... it opened my eyes to how BIG the industry is. Really a niche tour that I enjoyed (and we loved our souvenir!) Our tour guide was fantastic and answered so many of our questions. Would highly recommend for any one interested in thr fashion industry.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Wendy I’m happy you enjoyed the Tour.
Great tour
Katie_C, Dec 2022
Great time! So informative and interesting. Samanta even waited for us patiently when we went to the wrong location! She was a wonderful guide!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
It was my pleasure, thank you for the nice review.
Bad
Paul_S, Dec 2022
The host was a no show Left us standing at the meeting place with no one to call We are disappointed
Response from Host, Dec 2022
I apologize unfortunately, I confused the date. When I noticed 1 hr later I called you several times to reschedule and never heard back. Hopefully when you come back to New York, I will make it up to you.
A true inside look at the garment district
Jeanette_J, May 2022
Samanta gave us a tour and shared locations of all the best fabric and trim shops…which we loved! She was very patient when we were designing our totes. She has a fun personality and clearly knows her business. We highly recommend her!
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for your lovely review. Samanta
History and hands-on experience
Lauren_F, Feb 2022
Samantha was so knowledgeable about fashion. She taught me a lot about the history what's currently happening in the industry and how she's contributed to it. The hands-on aspect was a lot of fun as well. Highly recommend this tour
Response from Host, Mar 2022
It was a pleasure, thank you for the review.
Fabric Embroidery Delight!
Marilyn_B, Oct 2021
We had a grand time learning about the garment industry and embroidery techniques on a variety of fabrics and learning about design
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thank you for your nice review!
Nice insider experience
Deborah_W, Aug 2021
We loved hearing about how the Garment District has evolved over the years. Samanta was well informed and it was nice to be able to be in the workspaces where the work still happens. As a sewist, it was fun to hear about some of the back story on how designers choose what goes into their work and the talents backing it up.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you for your review, hope back in NYC soon.
A must for anyone interested in fashion
maria_g, Apr 2021
Samanta was a wealth of knowledge about the fashion industry and NYC’s garment district. She was fun and flexible and answered all out questions. We enjoyed seeing the working factories below Broadway! Our group ranged from 19 to 80 and all enjoyed designing and learning the process. We all received other goodies like a glow in the dark embroidered mask.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
I enjoyed our time together, thank you for the lovely review.

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