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Global Fashion Management Annual Seminar

global_fashion_squareEvery fall semester, students from around the world convene for 10 days at FIT for an in-depth seminar that focuses on leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and the global marketplace. One cohort of students is in FIT’s Global Fashion Management  (GFM) master’s program. The program is offered in collaboration with similar graduate programs at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, whose students travel to New York for the seminar. At others times during the year, students from each school meet in Paris, where they focus on historical aspects and the contemporary luxury industry, and in Hong Kong, where production, supply chain, and consumer demographics and demand are studied.

The theme for September’s seminar, which was held September 19–28, was creative thinking applied to business. The seminar also included site visits. In Brooklyn, the students toured Manufacture New York, a 160,000-square-foot fashion incubator, design studio, and education lab in Sunset Park. They were able to observe designers at work and got a first look at a exciting space that is about to become a collaborative manufacturing and design hub for small-scale designers and makers who can no longer afford the skyrocketing costs of Manhattan’s Garment District. The LEED-certified hub will include areas for innovations in wearable tech and biomaterials, as well as offices and traditional factory space.

It is always important to explore the opportunities your program has to offer!

– Melinda

FIT Open House FAQ


Hello everyone,

Thank you to all students and families who attended FIT Open House this past weekend. On behalf of the Admissions team, we hope that this experience gave you great insight and a glimpse of your potential home for the next four years. If you were not able to make it, no worries! As a student representative on the Life at FIT student panel, I have outlined the top 3 frequently asked questions from both parents and students:

1. What made you choose FIT? 

As the first of my two younger sisters to attend college for the first time, I like to jokingly consider myself as the “test child.” I applied to a total of 20 schools with the intention on focusing on business to eventually pursuing my passion in beauty. After being accepted to 19 of those schools and sending a housing deposit to Penn State, I received my admissions letter from FIT and everything changed. I knew being in the heart of the business capital with access to FIT industry events, networking opportunities, internships, and attending a school with unmatched programs is where I wanted to be. I now have my associates in Advertising/Marketing Communications and am currently working towards my bachelors in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.

2. How to Get Involved? 

  • Clubs: There are 50+ clubs on campus that cater to student’s majors and personal interests. Plan to attend the club fair that will take place a couple of weeks into school. This is an easy way to meet new people with shared interests. You can even create your own club too!
  •  Publications: WFIT (TV Broadcast/Radio), W27 (Newspaper) and Blush Magazine (Beauty and Fashion Magazine) all offer an insightful platform to share your voice with the FIT community regarding topics related to FIT, social issues, lifestyle etc.
  •  The Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS): This service, which is offered through the Department of Student Life, provides students with volunteer opportunities at Fashion Week, community events, etc. This is ideal to gain industry experience and to make a difference in your community.
  •  Leadership: Become part of the student Government Association, Orientation Leader or Leadership Ambassador! You can also build leadership skills at Leadership Weekend or attend the Leadership Workshop Series to learn how to effectively communicate as a leader. Participating in Impact Day by giving back to local organizations in NYC is a great way to represent FIT and to learn and grow as a leader on campus as well. For more information, click here.

3. How safe is FIT?

If I’m completely honest, I cant even get into my own dorm or class building without my ID on me at all times. FIT ranks high as one of the most safest schools in the country. With 27th and 7th blocked off from public traffic Monday-Friday and 24/7 security in and outside the buildings, I’ve never felt more secure. Public Safety does a really good job of making sure everything at FIT is the way it is supposed to be. In the event someone needs to call for help, there are always the blue emergency buttons on the side of the buildings as well.

Feel free to reach out with any other questions!

– Melinda

NYFW Spring 2017

From Kanye West’s mess at Roosevelt Island, to Alexander Wang’s pajama inspired looks with a McDonald’s and Slurpee after party – New York Fashion Week this past month was a week of hot weather and new fashion… new to be used very lightly!

Two shows I worked this fashion week were VFiles, a collaboration show with a music influenced atmosphere. Along with Baja East, the NYC garage punk pink light-lit show in the middle of Financial District. Working at both of them was an amazing experience, and before I forget to mention, partying with Teyana Taylor at Baja East’ after party.

Here a few of my favorite looks from both of the shows.









Don’t take New York City for granted, take advantage of the open doors in front of you and be a fearless networker. 

Getting to Work: Old Navy

Old Navy - 6th Ave & 18th St

Old Navy – 18th & 6th

Starting work last semester at one of the most entertaining retail clothing stores there is has been a tornado of laughs, stress, and learning. If you are not familiar with the American brand, Old Navy is “a place where you can find all of your wardrobe “must-have’s” at prices you can’t believe. Everything from your favorite t-shirts and jeans to your seasonal fashion faves. A place where every family member is invited. Where everything has great style and quality and the shopping experience is actually fun, not a chore.” (Gap Inc.)

Getting started in April, I was excited to begin a new journey, and my first real retail experience at the flagship store. A flagship is a company’s main store that is used in showcasing the various brands the store offers. Unlike other stores within the chain, the flagship is usually more impressive, bigger and shelves more merchandise than the rest. Getting to know the retail industry from the top of the ladder store was a great learning experience.

Why Old Navy you may ask? In a city filled with competitive H&M, Forever 21,  and Zara – Old Navy has always been a brand I associated with the real American dream. From day one, Old Navy was a revolution. They are fabulous, affordable fashion, not afraid to break the industry’s rules. They recognized that fashion didn’t have to be just for rich people – it could be for everyone.  With the first store opening in 1994, Old Navy became the fastest retailer to reach $1 billion in sales within four years and today are one of the largest apparel brands in the world, operating more than 1000 stores across the US, Canada, Puerto Rico & Japan.

This is my store, and if you would like to be apart of the brand, be sure to check out the Rotational Management Program (RMP) a 9+ month training program based in our corporate offices in San Francisco and New York City.

As a trainee in RMP, you’ll start the program knowing which product function you will be placed into upon graduation —  Inventory Management, Merchandising or Production. During the program you’ll rotate through each function and see how our product lifecycle works — from ideation to production. You’ll develop collaboration skills by working with cross-functional teams to effectively deliver the right product as well as build general management proficiencies. In addition to the ownership of day-to-day responsibilities, you’ll be provided with classroom training and assigned special projects that allow you to make an impact by directly influencing the business and interacting with senior leaders.

While in the program you will rotate within one of the brands – Old Navy, Gap, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Stores or Athleta. Upon graduating you will be placed into a full-time position with competitive benefits and salary within that brand.


Open House

Hello there!

Just a quick reminder that Open House is coming up soon. It’s happening next week from the 10/08-10/09/16. If you’re planning on coming, I would suggest you start writing down questions you have and want answered. Open House is a great way to interact and talk to current students and ask them about their experiences at FIT, and if they have any tips for new students. It’s also great, because you get to meet future students  and  start creating new friendships.

If you’re unable to make it, feel free to ask me any questions you have about FIT down in the comments below!