Every 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!
One of the great things about FIT is its location! Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard. While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea. Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!
From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene. If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more! Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday. It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.
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!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year because Mad. Sq. Eats is back in Madison Square Park. For those who have yet to experience the joy that it is Mad. Sq. Eats, it is a food “market” in which some of your favorite restaurants and eateries set up a stand and sell food items from a condensed menu. It is not a permanent food fair and is only here for the fall until October 7th and is open 11 AM – 9 PM daily.
If you have any picky friends, it’s impossible to disappoint them here! Some of the vendors include Ice & Vice, Inday, Melt Kraft, Gotham Poke, Melt Bakery and so much more! It is a perfect spot if you want to treat yourself with some friends, celebrate after a big exam or project, or even a great date spot. The great thing is that everyone can order what they want and you all come together to eat.
Be sure to soak up all of the good eats before it closes on October 7th! Bon Appetit!