Meet the NYC street tailor mending clothes from a pushcart

Davida Erdahl

Phone her Tailor Swift.

Makayla Wray, 29, an East Village tailor, will work in Chinatown for an upscale designer in the course of the working day.

But Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from five:thirty p.m. until finally dark, she’s a street seamstress operating out of an old cart stationed at the corner of East Houston and Mulberry streets.

Makayla Wray
Makayla WrayStefano Giovannini

“In the early morning I make runway outfits, then I arrive in at night time to hem the small men,” she informed The Article.

The pandemic has established a throwback economic climate — and Wray signifies an up-to-date variation of the old-timey merchants who utilized to barter and haggle downtown in the early 1900s.

“People say to me, ‘You’re retaining [the spirit of] New York alive,” stated Wray, who provides onsite mending, as well as alterations.

Her cart — a retro-equipped nut-roasting equipment — is a person she inherited

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