The Garment District is a large and unique retail clothing store located near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts that stocks all styles of women’s and men’s new and used clothes, shoes, and accessories. With over 12,000 square feet of retail space bursting with more than 40,000 unique items at any given time, you’ll always find a large assortment of options at affordable prices.
New items are put out daily, so you’ll find something fresh every time you visit. Whether you’re looking for casual apparel, business attire, or party clothes, we carry it all.
Our stock is specifically selected to be seasonally-appropriate. We carry tons of coats and winter accessories during the cooler months, thousands of holiday sweaters in December, racks and racks of tank tops and cut-offs in the summer months, and a warehouse’s worth of costumes during October. And of course, we stock everyday essentials year-round: dresses, denim, pants, suits, hats, shoes, purses, ties, and so much more.
Whether you’re looking for a new suit for work, a trendy Little Black Dress, or the perfect outfit for a 1980’s theme party, The Garment District is your one-stop shop for budget-conscious fashion!
The Garment District opened in 1986 as an off-shoot of a textile company called the Harbor Textile Waste Co., which manufactured and sold wiping cloths and gloves to a variety of industries. In 1981, Harbor Textile decided to put out a few bales of clothing every Saturday morning for the public to browse through and buy by the pound. By The Pound (or, as it was then known, Dollar-A-Pound) became a Saturday staple, and a few years later The Garment District opened to complement the By The Pound business.
The Garment District building at 200 Broadway in Cambridge is the last standing structure associated with the city’s once-booming soap manufacturing industry. Our building dates back to 1893, when an older factory on the site was destroyed by fire. Until World War II, the building housed soap manufacturer Lysander Kemp & Sons. In the postwar years, the building was occupied by several businesses, including the Cambridge Printing Co, a bronze foundry, and Harbor Textile Waste Co.
In 2007, Boston Costume joined The Garment District and By The Pound at 200 Broadway. Boston Costume has been a Boston institution since 1965, and was previously located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.
The Garment District prides itself on having been a “green” business since Day 1. Although only approximately one piece in twenty is selected, steamed, and tagged for sale in the store, other items are sold through By The Pound, and items we cannot sell are sent to a “shoddy mill” and are ground up for other uses.
Every year, Americans throw away millions of pounds of perfectly usable clothing every year. And with constant trend turn-overs and “fast fashion” production, it can be easy to see out-of-style clothing as disposable. However, by “recycling” unwanted clothing by buying and selling secondhand, we can keep these clothes from clogging up landfills, and cut down on the high carbon and pollutant footprint it often requires to manufacture new clothing.
In addition to offering tons of pieces of secondhand clothing at any given time, we also buy directly from the public, so you can recycle clothing in your own wardrobe. For more information on selling clothing with The Garment District, please click here.