New York City's Garment District sits between Fifth and Ninth Avenue and 34th and 42nd St filling less than one square mile.
The Garment District is currently home to many well-known designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne and Nicole Miller.
Originally, the Garment District was the centre of the United States garment industry manufacturing clothes for slaves living on plantations, more cheaply than if they were to sew their own clothes, later it also began producing ready made clothing for sailors and western prospectors.
The entrance of the garment district has a kiosk with a large button and needle. There is also a sculpture of a man at a treadle sewing machine.
On my last day in New York I did some walking on my own and actually walked through most of the Garment District. I didn't do any shopping; I just looked around and took it all in. It's an intersting place to expore.