by Stephen Garner

On Wednesday, May 1, guests were invited to Macy’s Herald Square for an evening of celebration and shopping at the 2019 Vendor Showcase and Reception.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed an exclusive opportunity to shop the latest collections from the next generation of breakout designers.

Tayion Collection

The Workshop at Macy’s has provided emerging high-potential minority-and women-owned businesses with the tools to better succeed and sustain growth in the retail industry since its launch in 2011. The program, one of Macy’s key initiatives in its commitment to creating pipelines for supplier diversity, has graduated more than 100 companies, many of which have gone on to establish vendor relationships with one or more Macy’s, Inc. brands.

This year’s class is made up of 15 brands from seven states and Puerto Rico.  Mare Cheia, a swimwear brand by Lorel Torres, garnered all expenses paid placement in The Workshop after winning a Puerto Rico pitch competition created to support the economic rebuilding of the island.  Footnanny, an indulgent self-care line from Gloria Williams landed a spot after appearing on the OWN Network’s Mind Your Business with Mahisha. Gunas New York, America’s first 100 percent vegan handbag brand by Sugandh Agrawal, secured a coveted spot by winning Macy’s category at the 2018 Independent Handbag Designer Awards.  Rounding out the class are SUNDÃRI (women’s skincare), Parisian Pet (pet apparel), Solo Noir (men’s skincare), Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. (candles), Tayion Collection (men’s suiting), Jo Handbags (handbags), Fe Noel (women’s apparel), Nager by Nic Hyl (women’s apparel), Earth’s Nectar (haircare), and MAIR (fragrance).