Can DIY places be designer spaces?

I love my hacker space NYC Resistor. It’s very grassroots, full of energy. Working at Resistor is what I imagine working in the garage where the computer was invented would have been like. But as I am getting serious about selling my designer fashion line, I was having trouble getting in the right mindset. In fashion it’s the kiss of death for your design to look crafty. So working in a hacker space that’s all about “making things yourself” all of the DIYness doesn’t make me feel very high end designer. I have no idea why.

So I’ve joined Collab and moved my studio to a beautiful new space in Soho, a designers’ coop in that specializes in manufacturing and prototyping. I’ll still be hanging out at Resistor and I’m all for DIY. But I wonder, does designer DIY really exist?