New York City is the epicentre of the North American lingerie industry and, like everyone else on the eastern seaboard, it’s taken a wallop this week.
Dozens of home-grown designer labels are headquartered in New York, employing thousands of people who live in the surrounding boroughs and across the tri-state area most severely punished by Hurricance Sandy.
With the city’s infrastructure crippled by the storm, the lingerie community — again, like everyone else — has been temporarily hobbled.
For some brands, that means manufacturing and distributing operations put on hold until power is restored and employees can get to work. For others, it has meant shuttering stores, canceling deliveries to retail partners, or delaying shipments to online customers.
Everyone, in this industry and others driven by consumer spending, will have to cross their fingers and wait for shoppers to return and for tourist traffic — now completely suspended — to bounce back.
Many of those affected are small businesses run by devoted entrepreneurs, and for them Sandy couldn’t have hit at a worse time.
This is the time of year when stores are placing orders for Black Friday sales and the holiday season that follows — a period that can make up 50% of a designer brand’s annual sales. At this time of year, even a momentary disruption like the one triggered by Sandy can be disastrous.
The weeks ahead will be difficult for many of America’s most-loved labels and will test the resilience of everyone. But when New York rebounds, as it undoubtedly will, we urge lingerie lovers to remember the enormous concentration of talent in the city and to do whatever you can to support the industry and help speed its recovery.
To help keep New York labels in your thoughts, we’ve assembled below a series of images that illustrate the phenomenal depth and breadth of the region’s lingerie community. Most of these brands have new fall or holiday collections, and we’ve included a recent photo from each as well a link back to their websites.
As consumers, there are a couple of things you can do to help.
There are many, many practical and humanitarian needs stemming from Sandy’s destructive assault, and we know that supporting the region’s underwear industry isn’t the top priority for many people! But when the dust settles, the sea recedes and things start getting back to normal, we hope you’ll think of this community too, and remember that it’s filled with real people facing real losses and working hard to recover.
In our roundup of New York brands, below, we’ve left out most of the big department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdales, mass market (mall) brands, and foreign labels like La Perla or Agent Provocateur that have retail operations in New York. This is not meant to slight any of these fine brands.
Finally, a note to brand and store managers: If we’ve left you off this list (assembled late last night), it’s not intentional. Send us a note and we’ll add you. Also, feel free to use the Comments section at the bottom of this article to notify your customers of your operations status and any relevant post-Sandy news.
Now, click on the links below each picture to see what these great New York brands are offering this season.