Author Archives: Melinda

FIT Library Makeover Feature in NYT

Special Collections

FIT’s Gladys Marcus Library has recently received a $3.6 million dollar makeover and the New York Times documented the finishing touches!

The college’s Special Collections and College Archives, a unit part of the Gladys Marcus Library, recently unveiled its renovated space. The facilities house and protect the approximately 6,000 linear feet of rare and fragile fashion, retail, and related materials in the collection.

These include original works of art on paper, manuscript collections dating back to the 1590s, periodicals from the 1770s, scrapbooks, shoe prototypes dating to the 1960s, and 240 linear feet of institutional archives, among other resources.

This renovation raises the college’s profile in the scholarly community and makes these materials available to the creative industries and the public.

Read more on the NYT review.

MB

Alpaca Fashion at FIT

The founders of Lamini

The Global Fashion Management (GFM) trio Vanessa Urenda, Nancy Zauscher, and Paula Manrique collaborated in their program as part of their capstone project to soon start an innovative business.

These students, who were working fashion professionals in the U.S. or Latin America, used their cultural roots and business experience to create Lamini, a line of cozy, buttery-soft alpaca accessories that sells in Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and their own e-commerce site.

For Lamini’s founders, the rewards come not only from confidence in their business savvy but in bringing customers original fashion with a low environmental footprint.

Their brand story focuses on the uniqueness of alpaca fiber and the intersection between design, sustainability, and responsible consumption.

Read a longer interview with Lamini’s founders here.

MB

Holiday Displays

VPED students Yoo Jung Lee, Joseph Klaus, and Alexandra D’Alleva designed this display for the iconic Flatiron Building.

As we begin to celebrate the holiday season, It’s also time to visit the wonderfully decorated windows of NYC! FIT students and faculty are displaying their talent and goodwill throughout the city this season with a variety of window installations.

In the iconic Flatiron Building’s “triangle point” window is the scene of a dining-themed display with a mannequin wrapped in a skirt made of white dinner plates and a bodice of white napkins. Perched on a table, she is surrounded by delicacies. This window is the work and inspiration of FIT VPED students Yoo Jung Lee, Joseph Klaus, and Alexandra D’Alleva. This inaugural display will become a new tradition.

To keep updated with other FIT-involved holiday window displays, like NY1’s segment ‘Harlem Businesses Get Into Holiday Spirit With Window Displays, click here.

MB

Gift Ideas Under $15

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Hi all!

With the holidays around the corner, it’s a good idea to start planning out gifts while you juggle the end of semester group projects and finals. As I assume most of us are ballin’ on a budget (like me), I have curated a list of 5 gifts ideas under $15 dollars that won’t break the bank.

  1. Fuzzy EVERYTHING: Whether a beanie, socks or a throw blanket, fuzzy gifts will keep your loved ones nice and cozy! I suggest looking in retailers such as Target or Macys if you want to be bougie.
  2. Sheet Masks: I want nothing more than the people I love having glowy, hydrated skin this winter. I suggest checking out Bes Fren Beauty (32nd and 5th) for quirky K-beauty face masks as low as $1.00!
  3. Amazon Goodies: I think practical gifts are valued heavily — whether a laptop bench, portable charger, essential oil diffuser, etc. Amazon is a great resource for finding items you thought you never needed at an affordable price.
  4. Gift Cards: The universal gift as I like to call it. Everyone needs money! Focus on the needs or wants of the person you are gifting to. Starbucks, Whole Foods or a Visa gift cards never fail.
  5. Homemade Gifts: At the end of the day, nothing is more meaningful than something you made with your own two hands. It’s the thought that counts! Looking into small projects like DIY body scrub or a mason jar with “100 Things I Like About You” on Pinterest. These gifts are sure to make the season bright.

MB

FIT Ranks 2017

What made you guys choose FIT? For me, it was my dream program: Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing. What also sold me was the location in the heart of Chelsea for jobs/internships and the fact FIT was ranks so highly as one of the safest colleges in the world. WELL, the ranks are in for 2017 and FIT continues to be recognized in outstanding categories!

The Business of Fashion placed FIT second in the United States and seventh in the world for undergraduate fashion programs. The college’s graduate programs were also celebrated — as FIT’s new MFA in Fashion Design earned fifth place in the international rankings of graduate fashion programs. These rankings also named FIT as the fourth best graduate business program worldwide (shown above.)

On another note, ranks are showing that a FIT education *literally* pays off. According to Payscale.com, FIT ranks first in the nation among public community colleges for alumni median mid-career salaries and seventh in the nation for all community colleges. WOO!

I’ve never doubted my decision to study at FIT and these ranks definitely reinforce my reasoning. I love to see my school thrive — looking forward to what 2018 has for FIT.

MB