Category Archives: Off Campus

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista

Helping at HBC Global Art Collection

Hello!

I really wanted to share my experience working at the HBC Global Art Collection I went to on Tuesday. Out of the blue a girl I met through connections, texted me and asked me if I would be interested in helping at the gala event. Obviously they were going to pay, well they were paying really well $60/h, so I couldn’t really refuse. I once again want to stress how important it is to start networking, and start building up your contact list. You don’t know how many times, I got to incredible opportunities, through random people.

The event was at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown in HBC brand new headquarters. I was never there, but the building was brand new and looked incredible, you should definitely check it out! Anyways they bring me up to the art exposition, and tell me that I’m going to be the art specialist, which basically means that if anyone has questions about the art they ask me. Obviously they thought I knew stuff about the art exposed there, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Just to give you a visual the Guggenheim has 50’000 square feet of hanging space, and they had 500’000! My friend told me not to worry, that she was going to give me a tour of the art exhibition and there shouldn’t be a lot of people asking questions. While she’s giving me the tour, the two art curators come and join us and start explaining to me details about each photos. It was great I felt like I had a general idea of what each painting entailed. The cocktail party started at 6 and finished at 9. Everything went really well, a few people asked me questions, but were so kind to me and always told me I was doing a great job, which help boost my confidence a little.

Anyways moral of the story is that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it can be scary at first, but it pays at the end, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me this was the most terrifying thing that could of ever happen to me, but I made the best out of it, I showed my passion and interest for art and looking back I’m so glad I went. Not only that, the art curators for HBC were so impressed that they want to keep in touch with me, for future opportunities.

xoxo

Zorya

Franca: Chaos and Creation

Hello everyone! It feels like It has been forever (unfortunately it has been) but I have some pretty amazing things that have happened within the last month that I think you all will enjoy!

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I was invited by Vogue to attend the screening of the documentary film Franca: Chaos and Creation. The screening was held at the Metrograph Theatre in Chinatown on October 13th, and was filled with fashion industry icons from Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg to Naomi Campbell and Vera Wang. I’m not talking about nosebleed views at concerts people; I can’t even recall how many times I literally bumped into Anna Wintour since the venue was so packed – talk about networking.chaosandcreationnaomicamp If you are unfamiliar with Franca Sozzani, she is an Italian fashion journalist and has reigned as the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988. Born on January 20th, 1950 in Mantua; a small city in Northern Italy, Franca from an early age rejected the idealistic, bourgeois lifestyle that was the norm for young women. Franca Sozzani is editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, a position she has held for 25 years, like her American counterpart Anna Wintour at Vogue, who was hired in the same month. Additionally, Sozzani has acted as editorial director of Condé Nast Italia since 1994. During her tenure at the magazine, Sozzani has not shied away from controversy, commissioning and helming issues on fashion’s weight debate, plastic surgery and her landmark all-black issue.

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I would have never thought a documentary on an fashion editor would make me teary-eyed, but it indeed did. The film is through the lense of her only son, Francesco, who documents his mother’s life to the present. It’s a great film that incorporates elements of the industry you wouldn’t see just on the magazines.

Alone For Thanksgiving…

The holidays are upon us once again! For some it means going back home and spending it with the family, but others might not be as lucky and are spending it alone this year. It’s really easy to get into a funk, when you see all your friends and family, having a great time. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that because they are having a great time that you shouldn’t too!

Here are my tips on how to feel not so alone during the holidays…

Help others. Holidays are the perfect excuse to go out of your comfort zone, and do something you would never do otherwise. If you like giving, why not try volunteering at a food bank or somewhere else. Trust me it’s a great feeling, knowing that you’ve made someones day, that little more special.

Plan an outing. Go to the movies, a museum, the park, or even go out of the city and go for a hike. My roommate did that, and she said it was beautiful. You just hope on a train and pick a spot.

Get together with your friends. You won’t even realize how many of your friends are in the same situation you are in. Don’t feel bad calling them up and hanging out together, I’m sure they’d love too. For example this year I’m spending thanksgiving alone, but I decided to call up a few friends and now we’re having our own friend thanksgiving.

Treat Yo Self! Takes this time as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a manicure/pedicure, or even a massage. This will make you feel amazing, and take your mind of of the holidays for a little.

xoxo

Zorya

 

Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is among us, which means it’s a great time to explore the city looking for the best activities and spots for gifts!  Every single year, New York lights up with holiday cheer and anticipation for the big New Year festivity.  Here are some of my favorite spots to feel the excitement of the holiday time:

  • Rockefeller Center: While this can be incredibly busy, overwhelming, and filled with tourists, it is a truly iconic symbol of the holiday time in New York.  If you haven’t witnessed the beauty of the tree and the excitement of the vast skating rink, it is definitely a spot that you have to check off your bucket list.
  • Winter Village at Bryant Park: This spot is a New York classic, only second to Rockefeller Center.  The Winter Village at Bryant Park not only has a beautiful ice skating rink, but about 100 shops and eateries to delight your tastebuds and find the perfect gifts for families and friends.
  • STORYThis is far from your usual shopping experience.  STORY is a retail store that changes “themes” or “stories” every few months, rotating out inventory that fits with the theme of the store at that time.  This winter’s story (now – December 31st) is “Home for the Holidays” which has all of the unique holiday gifts you could ever ask for.  It truly is one of a kind and you could easily do all of your holiday shopping in the single store.
  • Union Square Holiday Market: This market is hands-down one of my FAVORITE markets in all of New York.  Not only is it easily accessible and conveniently located in Union Square, it radiates the joy and excitement of the holiday time.  It is packed to the brim with stores and small restaurant booths.

Happy holidays!

Ashley