When veteran seamstress, Tam Huynh and fashion designer, Lisa Iacono, partnered up, it resulted in the birth of Westbank garment factory, Nola Sewn. The partnership came about last year when Iacono, who has a background in designing for the likes of American Eagle and Betsey Johnson, realized that there wasn’t a single local production facility in the city to help manufacture her mens-wear-inspired collection. After some research, she was directed to Tam Huynh, a former seamtress/manager of pre Katrina menswear factory, Kenneth Gordon. The two forces decided it was the perfect opportunity to collaborate and not only provide a factor that was missing in the NOLA fashion industry, but also to provide jobs for the many men and women who specialize in fabric and fashion.
Nola Sewn, located at 2101 Eighth St., Suite B in Harvey currently occupies over a 1,000 of their building’s 4,000 square feet and have plans to expand in the near future. With the increasing amount of fashion designers in the New Orleans area, Nola Sewn will serve as a key partner in providing these designers the tools they need to properly emerge in the fashion industry.
Lisa Iacono will present her line, Iacono, in FW NOLA 2012 as a Featured Designer and Nola Sewn will provide the Top Design Winner a manufacturing package to start their line!