Meet our Team

Bob Bland

CEO + Founder

Bob Bland is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, entrepreneur and community organizer. 

She is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York, a fashion incubator/factory hybrid dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources & skills to streamline their production process & transform local manufacturing into the most affordable, innovative option for all.

Her brand, Brooklyn Royalty, was founded in 2006 + always Made in NYC, is inspired by the fiercely independent spirit and highly individual aesthetic of King’s County residents. A professional apparel + graphic designer with previous experience at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Triple Five Soul, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic, Bob combines timeless design principles, premium materials and hand-printed graphics to create garments that are meant to look and wear better over time.

Dr. Amanda Parkes

Chief of Technology & Research

Amanda Parkes, PhD is fashion technologist and biomedia/wearable tech designer, and is leading the development of MNY’s Tech Annex- high technology fashion & textiles R&D space. She is also the founder of Skinteractive Studio, offering conceptual design and technological development on wearable technology, hi-tech textiles, fashion manufacturing, and interactivity.

Amanda is a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab and an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Dept of Architecture. Her past work includes founding Bodega Algae, a company developing a patented algae photobioreactor for producing biofuel, and the development of exhibits and educational media at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Science Museum in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

She holds a PhD & M.S. from the MIT Media Lab and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design) and a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University.  She is an international speaker including TED@SXSW, and her design work has been awarded in forums including the ID Magazine Annual Design Review, the Prix Ars Electronica, and the D&AD Awards.

Margaret May

Production Manager & Lead Patternmaker

Born and raised in Elkton, Tennessee, Margaret May attended Middle Tennessee State University and obtained a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design. Active for years in the Middle Tennessee fashion scene, and with several years of experience working in a costume shop, she moved to NYC in 2011 and landed a job in the pattern room at Haute Hippie. During the time she worked at HH she also freelanced for brands such as Julianna Bass, Peter Som, Bow & Drape and Vaunt & Sol. She comes with drive and ambition to create quality garments with a superior fit for everyone who works with Manufacture New York.

Patrick Duffy

VP of Sustainability and External Affairs

Patrick Duffy manages sustainable business, external affairs and consulting services for MNY, drawing on 14 years of consulting and project management experience tackling sustainability challenges from a broad range of disciplines. His repertoire includes work on green business, corporate sustainability, industrial ecology, energy efficiency and industrial process, economic development, city/regional planning and market/policy research. Notable examples include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA’s) Industrial and Process Efficiency Program; the pioneer Bay Area Green Business Certification Program and Regional Smart Growth Strategy in California; the Triangle J Industrial Ecosystem Development Project in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina; the New York City Greater Greener 2030 PlaNYC Analysis of Job Creation for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; and an ongoing study as an adviser to A Clean Future (ACF) analyzing the current state of play in product level sustainability communication in fashion. 

Patrick holds a Master of Regional Planning (MRP), with dual Concentrations in Economic Development and International Development & Social Change from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Both his graduate and undergraduate studies included extensive coursework in environmental science and ecology.

Saba Gray Production Specialist

Saba Gray

Production Specialist

Sales associate turned buyer for the multi-brand boutique Alter Brooklyn, Saba Gray is filled with first hand knowledge of what it takes to get your collections from the design room to the sales floor. She is here to help guide you through the process of approaching boutiques and buyers, what to say, and when to say it. As a contributing editor and stylist for she has worked with all levels of fashion from couture, to ready to wear.