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Pottstown as fashion hub??

August 15, 2010

Alright, you can stop choking on your coffee now and hear me out.

This article in today’s New York Times talks about the zero-waste movement in the fashion industry. I just had to post it now even though it’s several leaps ahead of where I am in my planning series.

Back in June, I mentioned recycled fashion designs here in a laundry list of possibilities for a new “story” for Pottstown.

You’ve got empty buildings for workshop and retail space. You’ve got Moore College of Art & Design, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Philadelphia University, all with fashion design programs, all turning out graduates looking to make their mark in a fast-paced, ever-evolving field. You’re not that far from NYC either.

Here’s something to think about as just one piece of an overall economic development plan with sustainability, arts and culture at its heart… Pottstown actively marketing green fashion design, manufacturing and retail incubator spaces, with some kind of short-term rent subsidy program for young designers just starting out.

Pottstown could still be a place that makes things… sustainable, hip, cutting-edge things instead of industrial revolution stuff.

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8 Comments
  1. Amy Francis permalink
    August 15, 2010 2:03 pm

    I like it…I really like it!

  2. ohevolve permalink
    August 15, 2010 2:10 pm

    What an INCREDIBLE idea!!! This could be an amazing turn of events….let’s make it happen. Thanks Sue

    • August 15, 2010 6:26 pm

      Great link! Another possibility to add to the list. There are so many interesting things going on in the sustainability movement that it boggles the mind.

  3. Tom Carroll permalink
    August 15, 2010 7:31 pm

    Sue, great idea!

  4. Kathleen permalink
    August 16, 2010 8:04 am

    Sounds like such an adventure could possibly fit in with the Beech Street Lofts.

    • August 16, 2010 9:53 am

      Exactly. I wonder where the Beech Street Lofts project stands at this point… When the Pottstown Partnership comes up with a comprehensive economic development approach, it should be looking to work with owners to promote the vision through a strong, coordinated marketing effort.

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