2020 certainly brought a lot of change we never expected. I am grateful and humbled by the outpour of community support during this time toward Fashion Lab NY. After having to shut down for 4 months due to my husband's passing and Covid19, I made the difficult decision to close the studio at 1205 Hertel Ave. Although saddened to close our North Buffalo studio, I am so proud of the unique sewing and design programs we have developed and offer exclusively here in Buffalo. I honestly didn’t want this opportunity for young and older alike to end. Therefore, I made the choice to PIVOT and RESET.
We moved our studio to The King Urban Life Center, 938 Genesee St in Buffalo NY where we continue to provide you with a special place to learn, design and create through the art of sewing. The KULC is a beautiful historic Church located near the Buffalo Science Museum that has been repurposed with large open spaces for a variety of educational activities. I love sharing our new dedicated space surrounded by beauty and design to inspire us all. Check out their Website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Our classes started up again in November 2020 with a focus on sewing workshops for kid's, teens and adults. We continue to offer classes with amazing instructors that bring their own creativity and talents to the Fashion Lab NY family. Our focus, as always, is on teaching you and your children lifelong skills through the lens of fashion. Our project-based curriculum will not only educate you/your child to sew, but will instill in both a practical application of math, science, reading and comprehension. We pride ourselves on being a creative and educational outlet for the entire family.
As the founder and owner of Fashion Lab NY, my passion for design started when I was young, making clothes by hand for my dolls, and myself. Once I got a sewing machine, I was hooked. While my high school friends were at the mall buying clothes, I was at the fabric store designing something that would express my individuality.
I always knew I wanted to be in Fashion, although my path was not always a straight shot. I attended Philadelphia University where I received a B.S. degree in Textile Design. I moved to NYC, where I worked in Fashion Marketing, Product Development and Merchandising. Now, after 35-years in fashion, I have had the pleasure of leading design, product development and merchandising teams for brands including New Era Cap, Life is good, Timberland and OshKosh B'Gosh.
As a Buffalo transplant, I felt the desire to support my new home town's cultural and creative growth. I began teaching Fashion Forecasting at Buffalo State College and now hold the position of Advisory Board Chair for The Harkness Center of Fashion Design and Technology Program. Inspiring and mentoring others to develop their creative talents and grow their own fashion businesses is what drives me today.
"My daughter loved working one on one with Arlene to create a romper. Her garment is amazing. The stitching is professional. Every detail is immaculate. Arlene really drove my daughter to complete this as her own so she really learned from the experience. I would highly recommend any course offered."
- Bridget L.
"Both my girls came out of the camp with the confidence of having sewn their very own scarf as well as a desire to continue learning the art of sewing! In the words of my 10 year old, "this was the best 6 hours of my life!" Thank you for your hands on approach in teaching my daughters a skill that hopefully will be used for years to come!"
"My daughter loved fashion camp and obtained great skills! She became more confident with the sewing machine, learned more about the fashion industry, and had a great time putting together her hand-picked fabric into a great outfit. I love it that Arlene showed the participants how to sew a basic outfit, but also allowed them creativity to make it their own."
- Amy J.