Fashion Design Books

Fashion Design Books

Fashion Design Books

Address: 250 West 27th St.
Phone: 212-633-96446

Adam spotted the re-opening of this store the other day. This is the campus bookstore for F.I.T. (the Fashion Institute of Technology). They have a large wall of yarn, all made by…

Fashion Design Books


At first, I was a little excited because I thought they might have Cotton-Ease, this hard-to-find Lion Brand yarn. But they don’t, though they do have fun fur and lots of other somewhat weird novelty yarn.

I’m really disappointed in this store. How could a fashion college have such a terrible selection of yarn? They even have these brand-spanking new Lion Brand booklets that are straight from the 1970s. It’s one thing when you’re a weird creepy sewing/yarn store from way back (very popular in the outer boroughs) and have dusty, faded brochures that were never sold; it’s another thing when you ORDER new Lion Brand learn-to-knit brochures that still teach you how to make horrendous acrylic slippers. Knitting has evolved so much since the selection here, and for a fashion college to renovate and choose to trap its knitting section in 1982 is really a shame.

I think Lion Brand has been trying to evolve a little bit, but they’re still trapped by their loyal fun-fur-loving customers. (What’s weird is that the Lion Brand HQ is right near Union Square–I used to walk by it all the time at lunch–and yet it hasn’t really evolved as a brand. Though I have to admire the intensity of this.

Knit.1 used to be sponsored by Lion Brand, and they had some cute patterns, and they still use a decent amount of Lion Brand. Anyway, if you work near F.I.T. or go to F.I.T., this might be good if you absolutely need something, but since School Products is pretty close by, I would suggest going there instead.

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2 Responses to “Fashion Design Books”

  1. August 13th, 2007 at 8:51 am #Grace

    Thanks for the review… I passed that store before they opened a few weeks ago… I think I was actually on my way from School Products to my watercolor class at FIT. THrough the window I spied boxes of candy colored woolease and got kinda excited. Even if they don’t carry their better products it’s good to know another retail store for LB so I won’t have to pay $5+ for shipping from Carlstadt NJ.

  2. August 14th, 2007 at 11:47 am #Zoe

    You know, Lion Brand’s actually opening a store at their New York design center sometime around the end of the year…then you’ll be able to buy Cotton-Ease šŸ™‚ Also, I don’t know if you’ve seen their newest catalogs, but some of the patterns and stuff have been really beautiful–not tacky slippers at all!