Hands making a purple handmade flower in the M&S Schmalberg factory
Credit: Adam Brand

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When Morris and Sam Schmalberg started the flower business in 1916, the NYC Garment District produced most of the women’s and children’s fashion apparel in the United States. In the 1940s there were dozens of “flower guys”. Today, M&S Schmalberg is the last of its kind in America. 

M&S Schmalberg’s artificial flower business has changed drastically over the past 20 years. We are a domestic factory surviving in an “import world”. We now focus on specialty custom fabric flower projects for couture fashion designers, milliners, and costume designers. The factory remains ready to produce large production orders as well. M&S Schmalberg continues to manufacture all of its artificial fabric flowers in America. During your visit you will see every step of the vintage flower-making process, from fabric cutting to flower assembly.

This experience is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Factory Friday, a series spotlighting makers and manufacturers to give New Yorkers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at local production. Factory Friday is presented in partnership with Made in NYC.


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