In 1985, only 50% of the US apparel market was imported. By 2009, 95% of clothing in America was imported.
The Garment Center is the heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan and the backbone of the fashion industry. It was the gateway for many immigrants to the American Dream. Now, it’s in danger of disappearing. This HBO feature documentary explores the rise and fall of New York’s fabled schmatta (rag) trade as a microcosm for the economic shocks that have changed our lives. http://tiny.cc/MMJVw