WOW!!! WE RAISED OVER 14K IN 1 WEEK!!
Thanks to some amazing customers, family, and BRJ staff both current & former who have pitched it to help promote our cause yet again!
WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS
I have approached the Landlords with what we have raised so far and as of yet, they have not terminated the eviction process. I will continue to work with them --- Fingers Crossed. That makes raising the balance essential. In the meantime we have the ball rolling!!
WHY IS SAVING BY ROBERT JAMES SO IMPORTANT??
WE ARE MADE IN THE GARMENT CENTER - HELP SAVE IT
By Robert James has been exclusively made in New York's Garment Center where we are one of its most passionate advocates. Our manufacturing dollars go to continuing to keep the Garment Center doors open. In the 20 years I have been utilizing the Garment Center, I have seen it lose a considerable part of its footprint. Whether to Hotels, Restaurants, Tech, or office shares, there has been a significant loss to the Garment Center with 40th street all but gone. It is important that we support what is left before we lose a tradition in garment making that dates back centuries. Keeping a vibrant Fashion district and its creative community is essential to keeping that creative community alive not only for today but for the future designers too and creatives that give our city its edge. Once that is gone it is gone forever.
WE ARE INDEPENDENTLY OWNED VERTICAL RETAIL - HELP SAVE IT
While the big box, fast fashion, e-commerce giants, and subscription services offer cheap versions of the authentic they are no replacement for the real thing. A walk through Soho shows the carnage of independent retail is on full display. Where mom and pop, as well as vertical designer brands like mine, used to mix with the big box now there is little left but the mass market and fast fashion. Which means shopping in NYC is no different than shopping in any major city the world over. The forces at play in Soho have come to our door as well and account for much of the arrears that jeopardize our business today. You have the power to make a difference! Please help us keep these American artisans in the garment center and this independent retailer alive.
HELPING US NOW ENSURES STEP TWO
Step two is creating a strategy for future growth. One of the wonderful things that have happened by pushing that button a week ago is that I found out there are a number of people that feel By Robert James has a value that they are interested investing in. A diverse set of people with a diverse set of skill sets some of which have already begun to work to change our economics and re-writing our story. We have already begun writing a 12-month turn around plan, as well as a new 5 - 10-year plan. We look to have this document ready in the next 30 - 60 days and will have a formal proposal to anyone that is looking to invest. If you or someone you know has would have interest in this proposal have them contact --- [email redacted]
If you or someone you know that has expertise in specific e-commerce, marketing, or Contacts for promoting retail. We are looking for those as well.
CAN’T DONATE - YOU CAN STILL HELP
We are asking you to share our story through your social channels and or contribute $25 to $100, Please note that our store and e-commerce are currently still open for business so feel free to go to byrobertjames.com and make a purchase if you feel more comfortable doing that.
From all of us at By Robert James, we are and always will be eternally in your debt.