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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Steve Hindy, president and co-founder of the Brooklyn Brewery, Stacey Pecor, co-founder of Olive and Bette's boutiques and Lexy Funk, CEO and co-founder of Brooklyn Industries give a preview of Crain's "Future of New York City Small Business” conference.

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Lexy Funk, Steve Hindy and Stacey Pecor
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Comments [4]

Lexy Funk

I am surprised to see such vitriolic and incorrect statements about our company. Brooklyn Industries is a small design clothing company based in Brooklyn. We hire 160 people in the US, and over a 100 people in Brooklyn. We offer one of the best health and wage packages in our industry. We have fought very hard during this recession to keep employing everyone including personally taking no salary for 5 months so that we would not have to lay off people.
It is true that we manufacture in China. We also manufacture in Peru, the US and Mexico. All of our t-shirts are made in the US and in Peru. I personally visit all of our factories twice a year. Quality and ethical manufacturing is central to our mission as a creative company.
We welcome healthy debates about manufacturing, the economy and how small businesses such as ourselves fight everyday to do good things to the communities that our stores are in. Small companies such as ourselves are the future of the US economy.

Lexy Funk

Jun. 17 2009 04:55 PM
peacepipe from Bronx

Agree w/ poster above -- As far as I have observed, Brooklyn Industries' clothing is mostly, if not all, produced by cheap unethical labor in China (all labor in China is cheap/unethical by most USA standards, as the workers have no rights, totalitarian Chinese regime runs the show). American Apparel produces most of their clothing in the US, and you better believe it, we need the jobs right here at home.

Jun. 17 2009 11:44 AM
Ben from Manhattan from Manhattan

Greetings Brian Leher listeners,

I called earlier and mentioned my gardening business, BK Gardens.

Check out my website if you want to learn more, see photos, read my gardening blog:

BKGardens.com

Beyond promoting my site, here's a thought, too.
The good news is that small businesses like my little gardening firm really move the New York economy along. If I pick up enough cli
ents, I soon have some nice paying jobs I can offer to hard workers.
And the last thing I said remains a constant - clients are always willing to pay a reasonable price for good quality work.

Jun. 17 2009 11:36 AM
Twit from Twitlandia

I knew Twitter would somehow figure into this, too!!
Brian, do you work for Twitter or something?

Bklyn Industries: Take your $34.00 cheaply made t-shirts and go belly up for all I care. You move into neighborhoods and push out long-time business owners because you're willing to pay the ridiculous jacked-up rents. Now times are tough. Boo hoo.

Yeah, a chain store is unique. You're business model is so radical.

Jun. 17 2009 11:20 AM

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