CATSKILL — A new business that is attempting to reinvigorate the garment manufacturing industry has made its home on Main Street in Catskill.
Made X Hudson opened its garment factory in November at 391 Main St.
The factory was originally based in Leeds in the town of Catskill but moved to its location in the village two months ago.
Made X Hudson Board President Eric De Feo said the company has a mission to produce local, small-batch soft goods.
“We have client work where we produce women’s and men’s apparel,” he said. “We also do home goods. We’re servicing a lot of small brands in the region. We worked with 22 brands over the last seven months since we launched in May. We started regionally and now we’re working nationally with a lot of small brands who are looking to scale because there are only essentially a handful of small-batch production services in the country.”
De Feo said the United States has outsourced the vast majority of its garment manufacturing overseas in the last several decades, leaving an opportunity for a local garment business to thrive.
“So we are on a mission to revitalize the industry and bring it back,” he said.
De Feo, who lives in Hudson, is also the founder of the Hudson Community Incubator, a structured community of startup businesses that aims to provide mentorship, training and services for local entrepreneurs.
When looking for a home for Made X Hudson, the company found a hospitable landing spot in downtown Catskill. Made X’s new home has a historic pedigree. The landmark building is the former headquarters of Central Hudson Gas and Electric and the second floor housed the former offices of the Catskill Daily Mail.
“Half of our team is from Hudson and the other half is from Catskill and we settled in Catskill because it was frankly more affordable,” De Feo said with a laugh. “We also thought Catskill had a really great creative community and it was nice synergy for us to work around.”
The company sells home goods online but the Main Street location does not have a retail operation on site.
In short order, the company has become a destination for clothing designers who want to expand their operations.
“We’ve discovered that a lot of people, especially designers, needed support in scaling up their businesses,” De Feo said. “The only way to do that was to outsource part of their production so that they could focus on their business growth.”
De Feo said the Catskill company hopes to expand in the coming years while maintaining ethical labor practices.
“We want to continue to grow while supporting small businesses,” he said. “We’re figuring it out as we go, but ultimately we want to be a nation space for the area because we feel like it’s desperately needed.”