Sunset’s Industry City adds two fashion companies

September 1, 2015 Jaime DeJesus
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Sunset Park just added a bit more fashion to the neighborhood.
This past August, Industry City announced the addition of two companies to its already growing business presence in the neighborhood with the relocations of online fashion platform Material Wrld and The Line, an e-commerce fashion and home décor company.

According to Industry City, the two fashion companies will be leasing a combined 25,000 square feet at the 16-building, six-million square-foot complex. The relocation for both Material Wrld and The Line is slated to begin this fall.

CEO of Industry City Andrew Kimbrall, who has been busy announcing several plans regarding the expansion of Industry City, expressed his excitement of the new additions.

“The creative class powering the innovation economy has found a home at Industry City,” he said. “Companies like Material Wrld and The Line – that exist at the intersection of technology, fashion and design – will undoubtedly find a host of collaborative opportunities within the community of diverse, yet like-minded, makers and innovators growing here.”

Material Wrld, which has been located 838 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, was founded by friends Jie Zheng and Rie Yano. When beginning their project, they sought out to find a way for women to refresh their closet without inconvenience.

According to its website, the fashion company gives old items new life through resale and charitable donations in exchange for retailer gift cards.

Material Wrld will move 20 employees into an approximately 14,500 square-foot space this coming September. The five-year lease was signed in May.

Zheng is eager to join the neighborhood, citing all the new businesses that have entered the fray. “Material Wrld is excited to join the community at Industry City alongside other fashion companies, tech startups, and creative firms,” she said. “We love the community Industry City has fostered with its Food Hall, summer happy hours, and rooftop film series, and its commitment to sustainability and supporting the local community.”

The Line leased approximately 11,500 square feet in a waterfront building, also this past May. They originally 76 Greene Street and offer objects that are a mix of established favorites and our latest finds from emerging names across fashion, home, and beauty.

Industry City, the six million-square-foot collection of warehouses, has had a successful past two years in expanding its diversity, such as expanding 3D printing company MakerBot, adding furniture and home décor store, Design Within Reach, Brooklyn Nets practice facility, and publishing company Time Inc.

Industry City has signed 1.35 million square feet of new leases under the new ownership.


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