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a little history about my dad

dad's factory | jenneng

factory | jennifer eng

factory | jennifer eng

factory | jennifer eng

factory | jennifer eng

My dad owned a factory, which was passed down to him from my grandfather, that manufactured women skirt suits for a NYC company whom then sold their goods to other companies like Casual Corner, JCrew and many other brands that were also sold in department stores. I grew up visiting the factory, running around as kids playing with my sister and brother, occasionally doing odd jobs for him like cleaning loose thread or bagging the finished suits. Then as a teenager I helped out in exchange for art supplies, which was only a block and a half from Pearl Paint. I watched him work his butt off making his business what it was. He did everything there from sewing to pressing to cleaning up. There were times I didn’t see him until the weekend. Then little by little he was getting less and less work. Result being he had to close shop because it just that time. The majority of clothing manufacturing went over seas causing a lot of these similar factories to close as well.

It’s sad that now a days when you look at the tags of the clothing and accessories selling in stores today, it’s most likely it’s not made here. Now 12 years later, me working with fabric, I’ve been making it a point to use materials and buy only American made product when ever possible. I’ve had to call companies and to ask myself – though some state American processed?! What does that mean?! To what extent “processed”? It does not mean all American made! Maybe because of our awareness now, most are inclined for that “American” product – companies are trying to put it out there somehow. But don’t be fooled! There are pros and cons about this and yes about everything else … but I choose to support the people that live and work here first. What are your thoughts on this?

{images taken by my dad}