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Is the American Fashion Industry Dying? | NY Fashion Expert Weighs In

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

Is the American fashion industry dying? In Part 1 of my chat with George Kalajian, we cover this topic among many others! George Kalajian is the owner of Tom's Son's International Pleating, a five generation family owned pleating business in the New York fashion district. George has created garments for big names like Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Coach, the Metropolitan Museum, (and many more) as well as shows and movies like "Downton Abbey", "The Gilded Age", Stephen King's "It", and "The Gods of Egypt".

In this Part 1 of our chat we will be covering:

  • What is professional pleating?

  • Is it just for big names in the fashion world, or also for home sewers like you and me?

  • Is the fashion industry in America dying?

  • Best fabrics for professional pleating

  • Is polyester always bad?

  • How easy it is to have a garment professionally pleated

  • 8 Main Types of Pleats

And much more! Check out Part 2 of our chat where we brainstorm how to create my dream pleated vintage skirt!

George Kalajian International Pleating New York Fashion Expert

Check out George Kalajian's website and instagram page!

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Madonna Tiller
Madonna Tiller
Nov 30, 2023

I love this video! I am sewing my own clothes now. Im tired of every blouse looking exactly like other blouses I already have. I am really enjoying construction and sewing my own.


Lisa de Haas
Lisa de Haas
Nov 25, 2023

Amazing the technology that goes into pleating! I remember making my doll a pleated skirt when I was young - big box pleat, and I had great fun making it. I've made my own skirts with big box pleats. But yes, I wouldn't tackle the other pleats to make myself. I look forward to your next follow-up video :)

Katherine Sewing
Katherine Sewing
Nov 29, 2023
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Hi Lisa,

Yes, exactly. My eyes were opened to it as well. Glad you liked the video and talk soon.


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