Yesterday I posted about touring the Garment District factory Regal Originals, with promises for photos of the flower-making factory today. And here they are! M&S Schmalberg has been a family business since 1919; they've made fabric flowers for the bridal and high fashion industries for four generations. M&S Schalberg makes flowers for top designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Ralph Lauren, and many more, and the factory's work has appeared on Sex and the City and also adorned the fascinators of some royals at Kate and William's wedding last year (more after the jump).
Warren Brand, who operates the factory with his son Adam, took me around the factory and showed me the process of making flowers. Here are some of the photos I took of the tour:
Gown at the entrance to the factory showroom. Oh man.
My personal heaven?
Trees of fabric flowers! What could be better!
Oh, this could be better. WALLS of fabric flowers.
Warren showed me some fabric that came in from a bridal company that was waiting to be made into blooms.
Some patent leather for Marchesa.
Before it can be made into flowers, the fabric must be starched.
Warren (or workers, such as the man above) then take the cut out petals and place them in a press that applies 2000 pounds of pressure to result in this:
Another set of workers then take the pressed petals and put multiple ones together to make the finished product:
For more on the importance of supporting American manufacturing (which is right on point with the President's State of the Union speech last night) check out Save the Garment Center!