Fashion Report

Fashion doesn't just make us look good, it helps our nation's bottom line. Fashion-related jobs are a vital part of the economy across the U.S., and especially in New York City. Everyone in the industry, from the designer who drew the new sweater, to the marketer who created the new fashion ad, to the retail worker who stocks and folds the latest outfits, plays a critical role in this economic driver for our town and nation. 

In honor of New York City's annual Fashion Week, Congresswoman Maloney directed her staff on the Joint Economic Committee to produce reports in 2015 and 2016 on the financial impact of the fashion industry in the United States. The latest report found that Americans spent nearly $380 billion on apparel and footwear in 2015, and that the fashion industry employed over 1.8 million Americans that year.

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Jul 12, 2021 Press Release

New York, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) convened a roundtable at LIM College with manufacturers, designers, and the Garment District Business Improvement District. The discussion focused on the designers and manufacturers who pivoted to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis and why the District’s revitalization is critical to New York City’s recovery.


Sep 11, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) marked the start of New York Fashion Week by commending the New York fashion industry for its resiliency during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sep 9, 2017 Press Release

New York—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer joined New York City fashion industry professionals to highlight the vital importance of the Garment District to New York’s fashion industry. The group discussed the outsized economic impact of the fashion industry, which generates nearly $2 billion in tax revenue for the city per year, and the annual New York Fashion Weeks, which generate over $900 million in revenue per year, producing a greater economic stimulus than the US Open or the Super Bowl.

Sep 6, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK – Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ranking Member of the U.S.

Feb 6, 2015 Press Release
NEW YORK— A new report from Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and the Joint Economic Committee details the broadly based economic benefits of fashion week and the fashion industry as a whole. By many important measures, New York has now eclipsed London, Paris and Milan and has even been “reshoring,” bringing back jobs that were once shipped overseas.