Members of Philly's fashion industry want to bring more attention, talent to city

Hadas Kuznits
February 19, 2020 - 6:48 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Members of the Philadelphia fashion and garment industry who are working to bring more attention, money and talent to the fashion industry in the city testified in a City Council committee hearing Wednesday. 

Angela Edmunds, Philadelphia Fashion Week designer chair, says fashion permeates many aspects of life.

"Fashion is bigger than the clothing of which you're seeing on the outside. It really does affect the communities," Edmunds said. 

And Councilmember David Oh points out this is a $2 trillion industry.

"Fashion is a huge economic engine in our city," Oh said. 

Oh plans to introduce a resolution Thursday to formally introduce a fashion and garment industry task force.

Kevin Parker, co-founder of Philadelphia Fashion Week, would be one of the Philadelphians on that task force. 

"I would like to see grant money for designers and entrepreneurs that want to grow their businesses and open brick and mortars and utilizing vacant spaces, and just overall providing a better reputation for our fashion community on a global stage," Parker said.

Farah Farag with the Philadelphia Fashion District sees huge potential with what focus on this industry could do for the city.

"We've seen what a few amazing chefs can do for Philadelphia in the food industry, and now it's in national magazines that Philadelphia is the place to be if you're a foodie, and I would love to see that with fashion," Farag added.