- Robyn Turk |
The CFDA has joined the push to dedicate a memorial for the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Yesterday marked 108 years since the tragedy that killed 146 garment workers in New York City, and led to reforms to protect the health and safety of workers.
The CFDA donated 25,000 dollars towards building a memorial at the factory's former site, located at 29 Washington Place. The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved the memorial to be installed at the spot where New York University’s Brown Building currently sits.
New York State's governor, Andrew Cuomo had issued a 1.5 million dollar grant to the project three years ago, and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition are leading the efforts to raise another 850,000 to maintain the memorial.
“It was a tragic, historic moment in our industry," chief executive of the CFDA Steven Kolb told WWD. "When you look at the success of fashion or fashion as an industry, the human factor — the people who work in the factories — are really sometimes overlooked. We look at the clothes or the brands or the advertising or the social media. But the work really comes from people.”