Brooklyn Daily Eagle
On Tuesday at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, Made in NYC (MINYC) held its first-ever Spring Fling. MINYC is a campaign spearheaded by the Pratt Center for Community Development and funded by the New York City Council, designed to grow manufacturing and jobs in NYC.
At the event, dozens of the small- to mid-sized local businesses behind the latest and greatest in artisanal food, fashion, furnishing and technology talked business and partied with their benefactors and policy makers — members of the MINYC staff, the City Council, New York City Economic Development Corp and the faculty and students from Pratt Institute. The latter are central to MINYC’s mission as they work year-round with these entrepreneurs in workshops and one-on-ones to help them better brand, market and manage their businesses.
Attendees included Bruce J. Gitlin, chair of the board of Pratt Institute and president and CEO of Milgo Industrial Inc; Tom Schutte, president of Pratt Institute; Adam Friedman, executive director of the Pratt Center for Community Development and Made in NYC; and Debera Johnson, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies and BFDA at Pratt Institute.
Manufacturers in attendance included Mama O’s Premium Kimchi (founded by Brooklyn DJ Kheedim Oh), renowned guitar maker Roger Sadowsky of Sadowsky Guitars, international hair color mavens Tish and Snooky of Manic Panic, Red Hook manufacturers Van Brunt Still House, Charles Flickinger of Flickinger Glassworks, the bean-to-bar manufacturer Brooklyn’s Raaka Chocolate, sustainable countertop maker IceStone and many more.