Clare Hare Darien: A Company Made in NYC
By Plum Alley
November 19, 2013
An initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, and Industry City, New York’s largest privately held manufacturing site, Made in NYC supports the vibrant manufacturing sector in New York City. Local manufacturing encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, creates employment opportunities (NYC’s 7,000 small manufacturers employ 65,000 people) and gives the city much of its character and soul.
One of Plum Alley’s project creators, Clare Hare of Clare Hare Darien, is a participating activewear designer who has been manufacturing all her clothing in NYC’s Garment District for the past 10 years. Managing every part of her creative process, Clare also gives back a part of her proceeds to Save the Garment Center, a nonprofit organization that advocates to keep factories, suppliers, and designers in NYC. The long-sleeved sun-protective activewear shirt that Clare is fundraising for, tackles rising melanoma rates and sources all materials from a manufacturer located in the Garment District and produces clothing for brands including Nanette Lepore and Milly. We asked Clare why she chose to manufacture in NYC for the past 10 years, she responded with the following reasons:
1) Unparalleled construction with fine attention to detail makes quality garments that last a long time2) On-hand quality control: no middlemen in the production pipeline. I can easily drive or take the train and within one hour, be on the factory premises to inspect garments and discuss problems and/or ask my manufacturer any questions3) Support manufacturing within the USA and the garment district in NYC: labor practices are regulated unlike the labor practices in Asia where the majority of the garments in the US are made. Remember the factory fires in Bangladesh this year that killed many workers including children? See my blog: clarehare.tumblr.com4) The convenience of making all my product line within 5 blocks: the fabric showrooms, the trim stores, my manufacturer, supplies: dress forms, etc. This makes for a very EFFICIENT AND convenient experience!“Over time, I have developed a close relation with my manufacturer and his workers (mostly female immigrants who don’t speak English) and care about their health and well-being. Furthermore, I support Save the Garment Center which keeps manufacturing in NYC and thereby keeps America competitive with its neighbors abroad.”– Clare Hare
Clare is seeking $15,000 to design and manufacture 300 long-sleeved, sun-protective polo shirts. To pre-order a shirt, support local NYC manufacturing, and help Clare reach her goal, please visit her project here.