New York Embroidery Studio is relocating to Sunset Park after signing the Brooklyn Army Terminal’s largest new lease in three years.
The new 80,000-square-foot lease will bring more than 500 on-site jobs, with a $73 million economic impact on New York City.
Mayor Eric Adams made the announcement on Friday, March 18, just a week after unveiling his Economic Recovery Plan.
The plan aims to support small businesses, entrepreneurship jobs, and a more equitable economy while connecting New Yorkers to quality jobs and in-demand skills
Adams said: “Small and minority- and women-owned businesses must be at the core of an inclusive and equitable economic recovery, and I am proud to honor Women’s History Month by supporting NYES and women entrepreneurs in all five boroughs.”
The high fashion brand, which is known for assisting brands in embellishing garments with decorative stitching and rhinestones, was restructured to make personal protective equipment like masks and hospital gowns during the coronavirus pandemic.
Founder Michelle Feinberg and her team made over 590,000 hospital gowns in just nine weeks, as well as preserving hundreds of New Yorkers’ jobs as the city’s economy diminished
While US-made reusable gowns ranged from $12 to $20 a piece, New York Embroidery Studio pieces cost $7.88 each.
The equipment is also biodegradable, unlike medical PPE
While medical PPE is classically not biodegradable, NYES has produced a biodegradable isolation gown and eco-friendly manufacturing methods to decrease waste and the city’s carbon footprint.
The fashion studio will go through the HireNYC program to find hundreds of local new employees.
Adams’ economic recovery plan contains 70 initiatives with the goal of returning to pre-pandemic employment levels.
New York City’s unemployment rate is high at about 7.5 percent, roughly double the national average. The city’s budget relies on billions of dollars in federal aid.
Feinberg said her gowns “exceed the standard” set by the Defense Logistics Agency, the federal agency that stepped up to supply PPE to hospitals and local governments who found themselves short on supplies.