Garment district growing in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- More world-class shopping could be making its way just off of the Strip. City development groups are trying to improve Las Vegas' garment district.

If you didn't know the valley had a garment district, it is in the works.

Right now, there are only a couple of fashion designers and manufacturers in the three block radius around Western and Sahara avenues.

The businesses hope to be the first to stake their claim in the Las Vegas garment district.

Don't be fooled by the look of the basic work uniforms and aprons being sewn together at the Dapper Factory, working with the large casinos pays the bills but the real dream is in fashion.

"I always wanted to make a unique statement with my own brand in fashion and be able to manufacture things here locally. Not having to go to California. Not having to go to China and wait for three months and hope that it's good quality," Derek Smoot with Dapper Factory said.

Smoot, the flashy founder, moved his company here in May. He thinks more clothing professionals are going to do the same. Los Angeles already has an established garment district. Smoot says Las Vegas is just getting started.

"But there are all kinds of business perks and insurance perks, being in Nevada," Smoot said.

There are other clothing shops nearby, some focused on sewing and others are screen printing businesses.

In a written statement, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance said it will continue to assist businesses who want to move here to the garment district saying in part:

"Companies like Dapper Industries and initiatives like the garment district are helping Las Vegas redefine its downtown and diversify the regional economy as a whole."

"I was basically told, ‘hey you want to be on Western Avenue between Sahara and Charleston. The city is going to be concentrating there and if you set up and have a few things done, have a couple people employed, and get licenses on what you need, the city will fund you and help you out,'" Smoot said.

Smoot plans on wearing his best for the meeting he has with the city later this week.

The owner said they were given tax incentives and business support classes for entrepreneurs, which is where he learned to be more efficient.


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