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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

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.


Best Apps to Have

Hello there! Just a quick post about some of the apps that have been super helpful for me and that are great if your a student or living in the city. As a student we juggle so many different things, so having an app that can save us a little time and money is always a plus. My favorite apps are:

EllucianGo (free) If your a student at FIT and struggle to remember which class room your in or at what time your class starts, this is the best app ever, it shows you your course schedule and you can click on the class and it gives you details about the teacher etc. I honestly couldn’t live without it. It also has other informations about the campus, grades, important number etc.

Mint (free) If you struggle to keep a budget. This app is great. It helps you keep a budget and shows you what you spend your money on. It helps you have a visual of where all your money is going…

Citymapper (free) Lifesaver if your like me and don’t understand the subway system. It has a full map of the subways and the different stops, and it gives you the times when it arrives at the station. It also shows you the map for busses.

Venmo (free) If you live with roommates or go out often with friends and always struggle with who has to pay you back or don’t have cash, this app connects to your bank account, and makes it really easy for your friends (and you) to pay people back, collect money, pay bills, and much more.

TED (free) If you don’t know what to write about or what topic to talk about in class, or just need some inspiration, this app is great. It shows you videos of some really interesting people giving conferences (all over the world) and it’s great to listen to in your free time, because you can learn a lot from them (I have).

NYTimes /  The Wall Street Journal (free) Keep up to date before class! These two apps are essential if you are in a business major at FIT. Just looking through the most recent and important news, will always come in hand for one of your classes (trust me).

Checkout51 (free) Buy groceries and get cash back. You also have coupons and many different things on this app that will help you save money. And the great thing is that you get new deals and offers every few days.

Hope this was helpful! What are your favorite apps to have?




Commuting Tips

Going to a school in New York City, you’ll find that a majority of students commute to school every single day.  Between subway and bus delays, general traffic, and the dreaded rain on too narrow of a sidewalk, commuting can often be unpredictable.  While I may not have a long commute, I have a few tips and tricks to help your day go by a little smoother.

  • Show up early. While it’s easier said than done, try your best to take the earlier train, even if it is 10 minutes, just to ensure that you make it to class on time.  While this may be difficult for students commuting from Long Island, if you are within the city, this is definitely a helpful tip!  Nothing is worse than the conductor saying “We are being held momentarily.  Thank you for your patience.”
  • Bring your own food.  Commuting can be EXPENSIVE.  The unlimited monthly metrocards and passes aren’t cheap, so there’s no reason why you should have to spend $15 on a salad.  If you bring your own food, it will save you time, energy, and money.
  • Get a locker.  Talk to your department head to see if your major offers lockers for commuters.  For Art and Design students, you especially want to consider this because you typically have a lot of supplies.  It will also be a huge lifesaver in the winter when you don’t want to carry around your big puffy coat.
  • Bring a phone charger.  This is most likely a staple in anyone’s daily life, but if you have a long commute, your battery may already be at a low percentage by the time you get to school.  I highly recommend having a portable charger as well just in case there isn’t an accessible outlet.
  • Carry the essentials.  From gum to chapstick and band-aids, to hand sanitizer and deodorant, you’ll never know when you’ll need your emergency stash, especially once you get off the train.
  • Wear comfortable shoes…or bring a spare.  Depending on your commute and where you get let off, you may still have to walk a ways to get to campus.  Wearing uncomfortable shoes may result in serious blisters upon arrival (another reason to always have bandaids).

Best of luck commuting!