“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been given my first opportunity.”Tony SinghOwner & Director
“I spent many years learning and taking it all in.”
Tony Singh moved to the United States from Guyana at the age of sixteen, landing in the Garment District as a curious and motivated young man. With no prior knowledge of the fashion industry, he began his journey working in shipping and maintenance for designers Tom and Linda Platt. A fast and creative learner, Tony quickly decided to learn how to cut garments and create samples, and also took classes in pattern-making. Working for the Platts gave him a sharp eye for noticing pattern mistakes, as well as a keen sense of time- and money-saving techniques, which made his input sought after in the industry from very early on. After working for the Platts, Tony joined another Garment District factory as a cutter, and by 1994, realizing that he had both the knowledge and practical experience to create quality products, he started his own business: Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing.
“Our two main focuses are quality and timing.”
Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing has been a fixture in the couture garment industry for over 25 years, working with some of the biggest names in fashion. The company is best known for its quality and fast turnaround time, which has made it the perfect partner for high-end brands such as Alexandre Wang, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and many more. Moreover, state of the art machinery and highly skilled seamstresses have greatly contributed to solidifying the business as a go-to shop for all detail-forward garment creations.
From jumpsuits to jackets and from pleats to florals, Tony and his team of thirty sewers and two sample makers make it possible to create any garment using any pattern technique. Tony emphasizes the fact that the designer’s vision lies at the heart of all production processes, with his team working hard to make show-stopping pieces and bring every sketch to life. Emerging and new designers also work with Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing, and Tony makes sure to educate them on the value and quality of Made in NYC products. In fact, the company spends time disproving the widespread belief that large scale manufacturing is more cost efficient overseas. With nearly 30 years of experience, Tony and the Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing team are confident that designers save time and money, in addition to ensuring the highest possible quality, by collaborating with them.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been given my first opportunity.”
Over the years, many challenges have emerged for the fashion industry. A sort of back and forth has become common, as many designers decide to shift their production overseas, and soon after move everything back to New York City. Tony has witnessed this shift countless times, and his clients keep citing high-quality products and impeccable customer service as their reasons to come back to Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing. As a larger and established manufacturing firm, Four Season Fashion Manufacturing is lucky enough to witness this influx of returning clients, which Tony attributes to the company’s adaptability and laser focus on quality.
Regardless of past and future challenges, Tony believes that seeking opportunities is the only way to succeed and overcome hardships. When COVID-19 hit and Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing was forced to shut down, Tony and his team quickly adapted, and started producing masks and gowns whether for Ralph Lauren and other high-end designers, or for the City of New York as part of an alliance formed with other garment district manufacturers. Finding opportunities in dark times and providing opportunities to those in need has always been Tony’s philosophy. Breaking into the fashion industry as an inexperienced person of color was very difficult; being given his first opportunity is what gave him the drive to keep aiming for higher goals. Today, Tony always prioritizes taking a chance on people – designers and employees alike – no matter their experience.
“We need a citywide Made in NYC movement that offers incentives to those who choose our products over foreign competitors.”
His ability to maintain and grow client relationships has also been key in Tony’s success, as it has fostered loyalty and trust and contributed to the business’ longevity and performance. While Tony feels very uncertain about the future, he remains hopeful: Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing has endured many storms and remains standing, thanks to its focus on the designers’ vision, its skilled staff, its constant investment in performing equipment, and of course its commitment to quality and fast delivery time.
In order to strengthen the garment manufacturing industry in New York City, Tony believes that the City of New York needs to support a citywide movement that emphasizes the value of “Made in NYC” and offers incentives to businesses that support it. With that, Four Seasons Fashion Manufacturing and many of its fellow garment district businesses will find themselves in stronger positions.