2021 continues to be a wild ride for Fashion Lab NY.
We left the King Urban Life Center in June of 2021. It was a temporary location, and the center needed their space back for their own activities. We loved being a part of their community and offering our classes in this beautiful historic church. We set out to focus on our Summer Fashion Design and Sewing Camp Program, which was a complete success. For the first time we offered camps in Buffalo and Saratoga Springs NY, testing our camp model in a new location. The response was very positive, so we plan to continue to set up camps in multiple locations in 2022.
PIVOT and RESET remains our mantra. At this time, we have put all our After-School Programs, Girl Scout Events and Birthday Parties on hold. I am offering limited Private Lessons for Kids ages 8 – 13 only. Please fill out the Contact Form on our website if you are interested or want to connect on a collaboration. We plan to continue offering our very popular Fashion Design and Sewing Camps in the Summer of 2022! Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for updated information.
Thank you for your business, support and understanding.
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.