Samanta Cortes is a recognized leader and trendsetter in the Fashion and Textile industry. With
over 20 years experience in the NYC Garment Center, Samanta fulfills a need in the apparel and
home furnishings industries by providing domestic manufacturing guidance for various fashion
corporations and designers. She travels internationally to consult and educate in various sectors
of manufacturing while researching the latest techniques.
Samanta is also Founder and executive director of SaveTheGarmentCenter.org, a coalition of
business owners and advocates raising awareness of the threat gentrification poses on the
garment center. By organizing Pin Day and Pin Week, She brought attention to purpose of
SaveTheGarmentCenter.org at fashion events, runway shows and throughout the industry.
Former associations include: President, Fashion News Workshop; Board member, Color
Association of the US; and Creative Consultant, Schmatta; Rag to Riches to Rags, an HBO
documentary. Speaking engagements include: Premiere Vision, NY, Fashion Institute of
Technology, Fashion Law Boot Camp at Fordham Law School, Iberoamericana de Puebla
México Arte, Diseño y Arquitectura Departamento de Textil. Samanta has been featured in
WWD, Stitches, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times for her concepts,
leadership and achievements in the textile, fashion and design industries.
Committed to bringing manufacturing back to USA, Samanta continues to work locally and
internationally to raise awareness of the the importance of domestic manufacturing as it relates to
local economic development. In addition she is developing an educational venture focused on
training to students open to working with new industrial equipment with a focus of domestic
Accelerate the rebuilding the infrastructure of domestic manufacturing.
Mentor and educate partners in reestablishing profitable manufacturing foundation.