New York Fashion Week has arrived, and we kicked things off with a visit to the Daniel Silverstain show. See some photos of our favorite looks below!
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If you’ve been paying attention to New York Fashion Week news, you probably already know that September’s festivities will be held, in part, at the James A. Farley Post Office. But do you know the history of this iconic New York City landmark?
Located on Eighth Avenue between West 31st and West 33rd Streets, the Farley Post Office was built in 1912 and opened for business in 1914. Designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White (designers of other famous NYC buildings such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Hotel Pennsylvania), the Eighth Avenue side of the building features the longest colonnade of fluted Corinthian columns in the world. The facade was designed to mirror that of the old Penn Station, which was located across Eighth Avenue until its demolition in 1963.
The building is named for James A. Farley, the 53rd Postmaster General. Farley was instrumental in implementing the 1934 renovations which doubled the size of the building, extending it over to Ninth Avenue. At its peak, the massive building housed over 4,000 employees. The building included elements such as a postal police unit, a cafeteria, a medical wing, and administrative offices, as well as an acre of mail handling space.
The Farley Post Office was designated a New York City Landmark in 1966, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Until 2009, the Farley Post Office bore the distinction of being the only post office in the United States which remained open 24/7. The building is also famous for bearing the inscription:
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Today the Farley Post Office building is largely vacant, and is in the process of being converted to house a new Amtrak concourse. (Train tracks already run underneath the building because mail was once delivered to the station via train, and the the hope is to relieve some of the crowding and congestion of nearby Penn Station.) The Amtrak station located within the post office building will be called Moynihan Station, named in tribute to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re flashing back to September 2014, and people-watching on the plaza at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week! Below are a few of our favorite shots from last year’s festivities.
Wish you’d been there in person? Now is the time to sign up to tour with Seek during Fashion Week 2015! Our Fashion Week Tours kick off on Thursday, September 10th, and include a mix of fashion landmarks, industry history, and fabric stores, as well as factory and showroom visits and a stop at the Farley Post Office (the new home of Fashion Week) to soak up the fabulous fashions in person! These special tours sell out quickly, so early booking is recommended to secure your spot. Get tickets now!
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It’s hard to believe, but New York Fashion Week (September 10-17, 2015) is right around the corner! Our New York Fashion Week tours are among our most popular offerings and most dates sell out, so don’t wait until September to reserve your spot!
This special tour is an extended version of our Garment District Tour, designed to coincide with New York Fashion Week. See fashion landmarks and popular TV locations while exploring the history of the garment and retail industries with a professional designer.
During the tour, explore the evolution of New York Fashion Week, enjoy a visit to a factory, showroom, or designer’s workspace (a different stop each day; participating businesses TBD) and take a trip to the Farley Post Office (the brand new home of Fashion Week) to soak up the fabulous fashions, snap some photos, and maybe even spot a celebrity or two! This special extended tour also includes a complimentary Fashion Week gift for all participants. Pending availability, a sample sale or other special fashion-related exhibit or event may also be included.
-See famous television locations (including Mood Fabrics!)
-Visit fashion landmarks like the Fashion Walk of Fame
-Learn which buildings house the headquarters of famous fashion designers
-Explore the fabric and trim stores utilized by industry professionals, and enjoy exclusive discounts on purchases
-Delve into the history of New York City’s garment manufacturing and retail industries, including the histories of great department stores like Lord & Taylor and Macy’s
-Get a firsthand look at what it’s like to work in the industry while touring with a professional designer
-Visit at least one designer showroom or other fashion-related workspace for an in-depth look at the design process (participating businesses TBD)
-Stop by a sample sale or other fashion exhibit or event (pending availability)
-Take a trip to the Farley Post Office (new home of Fashion Week) to see the fabulous fashions firsthand, snap some photos, and maybe spot a celebrity or two
-Receive a special Fashion Week gift
This September, special Fashion Week tours will be offered on select dates between September 10-17, with tours beginning at 10 AM. To purchase tickets, please visit our ticketing page. Dates sell out. Early booking is highly recommended to guarantee your spot.
Tour duration: 3-3.5 hours. Tickets $55/person.
Can’t make it to any of the group tour dates? Inquire about our private Garment District tours! Private tours start at just $175 and are designed for your friends and family only. Click here to book a private tour.
Last year’s tours included a visit to the showroom of Aysha Collection, where fashion designer Aysha Saeed showed our tour participants the proper way to fit a jacket.