Since launching Masterclass Apparel, we've been on the hunt for individuals who understand our goals, share our brand philosophy, and have the expertise to help us execute our vision. Though the Garment District offers a wealth of resources, we have taken our time to assemble the perfect team. In particular, it is crucial to connect with the right manufacturer who is capable of translating our designs from patterns to finished products. We were lucky to find Rosanna Cheung, the owner of a homegrown Garment District factory on 36th street. We are impressed with Rosanna's extensive knowledge of the garment industry and her reputation for reliable, high-quality production. Rosanna also understands exactly the unique technical aspects of producing luxury activewear and continues to provide us with valuable input throughout our ongoing product development process. Rosanna has become an indispensable part of our team and we look forward to our continued collaboration with her.
We recently sat down with Rosanna to chat about her experience in the garment industry and her views on the trends and challenges facing the industry today. The following interview has been lightly edited for clarity.
What is your background in the manufacturing industry?
I’ve been in the industry for almost 20 years. I started out as an importer and exporter of finished garments. At the time, I had no experience in manufacturing and did not understand the step-by-step processes behind clothing production. After I purchased the factory, I started to understand how difficult it was and how much effort it took just to finish one garment.
What types of fabric does your factory work with?
We specialize in cutting and sewing stretch fabrics. We make clothes, such as swimwear and yoga wear, out of all types of knit fabrics. We also work with woven cloths to make items such as pants and jackets.
Who are some of your clients?
We have worked for big names such as Prada, Marc Jacobs, Versace, and Calvin Klein. We have also received large orders in the past from companies like Speedo, Sears, and Victoria's Secret.
What trends do you see in the garment industry?
Many new designers are arising and they would really like to have their products made in the USA. People are also trying to bring back the work from overseas, but I don’t think it will happen because the cost of having a factory here in the city is rising each day. Around this area, the rent is also increasing, and people want to convert the buildings into hotels. The wages of workers here in the city are also incomparable to the wages of workers overseas. The number of workers here is diminishing because people would rather do something easier than work in a factory. It is difficult for us to survive.
How do you feel about the Masterclass Apparel brand? How does our clothing differ from that of your other clients?
I think it’s time for people to focus on the men’s collection. I believe Masterclass Apparel is taking a step in the right direction to provide men with new and innovative activewear styles and designs. I think that Masterclass Apparel stands out with its very unique and exceptional prints. The fabric is also very outstanding, I’m sure it will draw a lot of attention.