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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

Treat Yourself: Bryant Park Winter Village

Hey Guys,

Have you ever heard of the Winter Village at Bryant Park? With finals season in full swing and the holidays around the corner, it is important to take a minute to enjoy the season! The Winter Village is one of my favorite places to go to during the holiday season. The park is usually less congested than the Rockefeller Center tree, and showcases a tree of its own.

It is easy to make a night of fun at Bryant Park. At the center of the Winter Village there is a large ice rink. Spend time skating the rink with friends or (like me) sit this one out and enjoy some cocoa instead. Surrounding the rink are various vendors, restaurants, and of course, the tree! Vendors like Max Brenner (and their delicious, liquid gold hot chocolate) are all around the rink. Enjoy eats from around Manhattan, such as Wafels and Dinges, Home Frite, Domo Taco, Doughnuttery and more! Need to get some holiday shopping done? Bryant Park has a gift for every person in your life. The vendors range from apparel to jewelry, to even artwork! There are so many unique gifts to check out, and a ton of ornament shops as well. My favorite thing to do at Bryant Park is grab some cocoa and look through the shops. I always love looking at the different ornaments and stopping at all the art vendors. Do not forget to take a seat and watch the skaters, or snap a pic in front of the tree! Bryant Park Winter Village is open from October 28, 2017 to January 2, 2018. Be sure to grab a winter treat and check it out!

-Annmarie x


soruce:(x) – Photograph: Courtesy Bryant Park Corporation

 

Holiday on a (Creative) Budget

Hi Again Everyone,

The holiday season is right around the corner, and I’m sure everyone has someone in mind they would like to give a gift to. In college, of course, most students are looking to budget their expenses. The not only thoughtful, but wallet-friendly solution? Make a gift! There are so many creative ideas out there for DIY gifts that and friend or family member would adore. And fear not, a handful of these ideas do not require artistic talent- just some extra heart! Here are a few of my favorite…

Make a Mini Scrapbook:
This is the perfect gift idea for someone that plays a special role in your life. Putting together a collection of memories with a loved one is not only creative, but a thoughtful gesture. While you can be artistic for a present like this, it is definitely not a requirement; decorate the scrapbook with pictures, stickers, little tokens that are special between you and your friend/family member, or use glitter/marker…. glitter (usually) makes everything better.

Calling All Artists: Draw a Portrait/Name Poster!
This idea is more geared toward the creatively inclined, but is still accessible to everyone. Drawing a portrait of you and a friend is the perfect way to keep a memory timeless, but still give it a personal and heartfelt touch. Pick a photo from a memory you two share, and draw a rendition of it! You can draw it, paint it, collage it…. whatever is your favorite.
Not big on drawing? No worries- another idea is to write out both of your names and decorate the paper with photos or symbols. To jazz it up, pick out a cute frame to place it in when you are finished!

Buy Two Tickets for a Painting Class (Hack: Groupon):
Still not feeling your art-making side? Well, there is nothing more memorable than making memories. Sometimes spending time with a loved one can be the most valuable gift of all. Participating in a painting class with a friend is a great way to spend time together and have a product to remember the day! Services like Groupon usually offer affordable tickets to these classes, so keep your eyes peeled.

Personalize It: What Does Your Loved One Like?
One last idea is to consider what your friend/family member/etc. likes and personalize it. Is your best friend a huge coffee addict (like most college students)? Personalize a mug! Design and personalize it using different markers that are made specifically for ceramic. Do they really like flowers? Buy a small bouquet and personalize the vase! Anything individualized gives your gift that extra “pizzazz.”

There are so many creative options for gift giving. While I’m sure there are a ton of options for the perfect, purchasable gift, creating it yourself makes it unique from any other. At the end of the day, your loved ones are sure to appreciate anything you put your heart into- whether that be a simple card, or a 20 page scrapbook. How do you usually get creative during the holiday season?

Enjoy the rest of the week,
Annmarie X