Tag Archives: Rag Trade

the rag trade, fabscrap

the rag trade,  fabscrap “The Rag Trade,” there’s a nostalgic feeling that comes with that term, stereotypes in abundance. Men wheeling racks of garments, wrapped in plastic, down the street, in the garment district in this, my city.  Leggy models strutting down the same streets for fittings. Dealers of everything from zippers to lace, perhaps […]

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the rag trade, clothing is not garbage

Shmatte   Shmatte: an old article of clothing, a “rag” in fashion and clothing-industry slang, shabby, cheap stuff. Hence, the “rag trade.” Shmatte, a wonderful Yiddish word derived from Polish, and until you’ve heard it said by an old Jewish lady, shopping with her friend on the Upper East Side, you can’t really get a feel for it. Trust me.  I saw […]

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