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Love Your Library: Disruptive Luxury

Hi Everyone,

Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.

He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)

Some of the things I took away:

  • 3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
  • There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
  • Mathematical Models drive innovation.
  • We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
  • We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
  • 3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
  • We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
  • There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
  • In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
  • The future is in our hands.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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MPS in Global Fashion Management

Bonjour mes Amies,

This past week I got to practice my French with students from Paris and learn some Chinese words with students from Hong Kong. How did this all happen? One short answer: hard work and dedication (I said short, not easy). Let me explain myself, I received an email with the subject “To my Best Students (A Students)” from one of my incredible ITM professors inviting me to a seminar carefully crafted by Pamela Ellsworth the Chairperson of the Global Fashion Management Masters Program at FIT. When I read through the email and saw the list of guest speakers I realized I had struck gold with this opportunity. At the same time, I realized I had limited knowledge about this program’s offering, so here I have it for you (served on a silver platter).

  • FIT’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Global Fashion Management prepares emerging fashion executives for top managerial positions in the burgeoning international fashion industry.
  • Offered by FIT in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris.
  • Intensive ten-day seminars on each campus, you will gain a comprehensive view of the interrelationships among the various segments of international fashion businesses and the technology that drives them.
  • The program focuses on leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and the global marketplace, you will graduate prepared to assemble and manage international teams of professionals within an organization, and to guide an organization through the unchartered waters of international business efficiently and profitably.
  • Is completed within 18-months. Class structure is interactive and flexible, and includes intensive seminars, online learning, guest speakers, and site visits.
  • open to candidates with a minimum of three years of professional experience in retail, design, marketing and merchandising, import/export, fashion journalism, or other related field.

Click here to find out more about an international education on three continents. Also their open house is coming up, be sure to register by clicking on the image.

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Some of the incredible guest speakers:

Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH

Michael Appel, Retail Consultant

Paul Price, CEO, Creative Realites

Janice Sullivan, CEO, EDUN

Professor Sarah Labowitz, Stern School of Business, New York University

Inka Apter, Manager of Fabric Research and Development, Eileen Fisher

Leslie Singer, Professor, School of Visual Arts; Chief Creative Officer, Singer Salt

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Companies HATE change, but change has to be viewed as a positive thing. There are a lot of changes happening within the fashion industry.

Never take a defensive position against a threat, figure out how to get with it.

The new normal: majority of consumers plan to keep savings high & spending low.

Every company is a tech company.

3D printing has the ability to unleash your imagination, it is the most disruptive form of creative technology.

Meaning is the new luxury.

Not knowing is not an appropriate response in 2014.

In turmoil, we see opportunities.

Be fearless, be bold. Filter your own opportunities.

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The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic.”

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biking in the City

Hi there,

Well if you have been keeping up with this blog for a year now (really, have YOU?) you will be happy to know that I have upgraded from a push scooter (adult version of course lol) to a bicycle. Things to take into consideration before I took this big step was price, space and ease of use. Turns out that when your friend just says: “Here you go this bike is now yours” there is really nothing to consider. After saying yes, I suddenly realized (I just love free stuff, can’t help it) that I did not know how to bike in the city or how to use a bike that had the brakes on the pedals. It also came to my attention that I needed to refill the wheels and had no clue where to go. unnamed1

So after extensive research (Google ya know) I found out a sale at KMART and headed there to buy a pump and some lights that would help me stay alive at night. For what I think was the first time in my life I pumped wheels and discovered the difference between Schrader and Presta valves. Trying to get ready for the special day when I decided to venture out I oiled the chain and looked up apps to bike in the city. Turns out it is your choice to use bike lanes or not, depends on how adventurous you want to be. I honestly recommend for a first time biker STAY IN THE LANES and please if you love yourself just wear a helmet (even if your head looks like an egg)!unnamed2

Other than that I use Google Maps to tell me how to get to places, the time it will take me and how steep the terrain is. For tracking my ride (distance, calories, speed and +) without having to connect it to Facebook and be annoying and share my progress to all my friends (but I will with you haha that is how much I<3u) I use Exclo.   unnamed

Biking in the city has enabled me to:

  • see parts of the city that I never knew existed
  • find time to workout everyday
  • appreciate air so much more
  • get rid of my monthly metro card
  • look amazingly cool while riding

In case anyone is up for the challenge I definitely suggest you do it. If your not a long term commitment person just use Citi Bikes (they are all over now) which conveniently for us has a station right in front of FIT. If you feel you can handle it just go for it and make yourself healthier (workin up them iron thighs) while making the world a greener place.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

Notes From the 6 Train: Guilt Free Feast!

As mentioned in Ashley’s post, this Week is No Impact Week. Yay! As a total corporate social responsibility nerd, and events director of the CSR club, I was thrilled when I found out that FIT was adopting this week. Initially inspired by Colin Beaven, a New York City professor who wanted his family to eliminate their carbon footprint for an entire year. Afterwards, he wrote a book and made a documentary about it create family that wanted to live for a year and not negatively impact the Earth. Impact can be a variety of things, pollution, adding to the carbon footprint, littering or not properly disposing of trash, constantly and consuming, and one of my favorite, eating.

This is a topic that many don’t even factor in when thinking about sustainability. I interviewed Professor Cokkinos and Professor Pearson, both active members of the FIT’s Sustainability Council. SN: The Sustainable Council is looking for new student members to help FIT’s sustainability mission, help organize and plan events around the campus, etc. The council also gives grants to student’s sustainable projects. Who doesn’t love free money?)

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Since Professor Cokkinos is the faculty member of The Culinary Arts Club, so I asked him what sustainability eating really means: He responded with this great example.

“Think about all the waste that goes into eating a hamburger at McDonald’s. When you order a meal half of what you get is, the plastic cup, the wrapping to the burger and fries and then the huge bag in comes in, all gets thrown away. Half of what you get you don’t eat, not to mention all the practice of cutting down rain forests for cattle grazing that McDonald’s does. For a little more students could go to a sit down restaurant, where they’re given food on a plate that can then be washed as opposed to tossed down the garbage.”

And if you’re still not convinced, just take a look at this raw recipe for Mexican Gazpacho.

Raw recipes are low impact because you can choose organic, seasonal, local produce, that did not travel hundreds of miles and keep your flavor high and your carbon footprint low by not cooking it. Keeping it raw also preserves all of the healthy nutrients for maximum nutrition. It is also part of a great detox and weight loss program. Not to mention it tastes great! You can’t loose.

• 2 1/2pound, about 4 large ripe tomatoes, preferably from your local green market
• 2 jalapeno chiles, seed removed (unless you are feeling adventurous)
• 4 garlic cloves,
• 1medium (10-ounce) cucumber, peeled
• 1/3cup chopped cilantro
• 1/2small white onion, finely chopped
• 1 1/2cups croutons (try yesterday’s bread toasted and cubed)
• 1/4cup quality vinegar (I like ARLOTTA BALSAMIC)
• 1 thick slice stale bread (this is optional for a low carb version)
• 2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• Sea salt to taste

GAZ

• Place everything in the blender except for the croutons. Wiz it up keeping some chunks for texture. Chill the gazapacho and serve in frozen coffee cups or glasses, garnished with the croutons. Another sustainable, green cuisine bonus comes when clean up is just rinsing the blender instead of running the hot water down the drain doing all kinds of dishes.

For more information about joining Culinary Arts Club contact michael_cokkinos@fitnyc.edu

If you want to read more about FIT’s entire No Impact Week check out the full length article I wrote for September’s issue of W27.

Lastly, here is the link to the Sustainable Council: http://www.fitnyc.edu/8604.asp

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Sustainable Design! #NoImpact

This week at FIT is #NoImpact Week which offers a ton of fun activities ( Click the picture to link to the programs offered the rest of this week).

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FUN FACT -Did you know: As an interior design student I am required to include sustainable elements in my projects? Sustainable elements include anything from cork flooring to paints for walls that aren’t toxic for the environment when being painted on or taken off.  As a designer you take care of the well-being of the people around you, the people using your space everyday.  Would you want to be in a space designed to protect your well-being and the environment that looks amazing or one that just looks amazing and when it’s taken apart can harm you? #NoImpact

As a Designer you can join the LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) council.  LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. LEED uses five different categories to judge a building’s sustainability; 1) site location, 2) water conservation, 3)energy efficiency, 4) materials, 5) indoor air quality, and a bonus category for innovation and design.

Many U.S. federal agencies and state and local governments require or reward LEED certification. However, four states (Alabama, Georgia, Maine, and Mississippi) have effectively banned the use of LEED in new public buildings, preferring other industry standards that the USGBC considers too lax.

FIT is one of few interior design programs currently in the united states strictly enforcing the incorporation of sustainable design elements in student projects. FIT practices sustainability in many ways such as our recycling program, reducing paper and other resource use, reducing toxins, and improving indoor air quality.  Our sustainable programs are on the up rise right now, putting FIT all over the news. So aren’t you proud of us? Want to be apart of it? You can find out more and how to all this week at the different events.

See you there!

Kailee

On my Mind: One blog to another

The best way to keep up to date with what is happening back at FIT is to constantly check our college’s website. At a simple glance this page seems to always be the same but when you look closely at the column on your right, under announcements, you can see updates about our school. My top pick from this week is the new FIT blog “On My Mind” by the one and only President Joyce F. Brown. This woman, Dr. Brown is an amazing and highly educated person with incredibly interesting and useful information to share with us (obviously like me haha, so don’t ditch this blog). The topics on this trending blog range from Education, Industry to Curriculum and more. This superwoman that is present at every FIT event I have attended has been blogging since May. For those of you who want to know more in-depth about her exemplary achievements should read through the About the President section.

A few insider things I know from attending FIT for the past three and a half years is that she lives on campus, the whole top floor of alumni belongs to her and her family (they own the cutest most fashionable pup), when you get to ride on the elevator with her you don’t have to stop at any other floor (feels like royalty), and she is very avid on sustainability and making FIT the best place possible. Reading through her blog, I noticed she went ahead and wrote about one of my future topics so I’m quite sure great minds think alike; learn more about our Green Roofs.

One very exciting news I also discovered was that FIT has a new Sustainability and Ethics minor! I’m very ecstatic (and incredibly angry that its right when I’m graduating) that there is a need in our industry to rethink and open up the sustainability conversation. I invite you all to reconsider what have been the norms for the fashion industry and what they can be. This ted talks video will have you craving for change in every single aspect on the way how we do business: CSR 3.0.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

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Fashion Evolution: Consumer Power

This was an amazing event I got to attend last Thursday at the Scandinavia House. (the best part, it was completely FREE!) After the host of the event(Yoko Sekiguchi, President of Ampleen) came as a guest speaker to my Import and Export Class, she cordially invited some students to join the event. I for one am really interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (we all take, especially corporations, it’s about time to give back) so I raised my hand immediately to get on the list.

Students at the event

My classmates, I’m the one with the colors (Caribbean Girl)

While waiting for the event I did my research about the different companies and guest speakers that were going to conform the panel (ALWAYS do research, like your life depends on it). When I got there we were greeted and then I left my coat at the coat check.

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YUM

The event was being held at a beautiful yet simple room on the second floor with an array of treats. In each seat there was a gift bag sponsored by FACE Stockholm in which we got two nail polishes, a discount coupon and a magazine. plate with goodiesEverything was delicious the wrap bites, the sliders, cupcakes (Note to self: must return to this place to check out their restaurant on the first floor).Recyclable Gift Bag

To me the most inspiring person (with the most shocking facts on her power point) was the keynote speaker Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher. (their company commitment is completely impressive, check out their program). quoteThe panel was composed of incredible women, each doing their part within the fashion industry for a better world, including Prof. Nancy Gross from FIT. (If you are interested in Sustainable Fashion be sure to sign up for FM326) The conversation was about how we consumers can change the face of fashion and their practices with our demand for transparency and higher standards. Each of them gave their perspectives as to how we could improve the supply chain, wages, working conditions, CO2 emissions, and so much more. The panel of guest speakersOnce we were done with Q&A and I was soaked with inspiration, there was a networking hour where I got to meet personally all the speakers. (and of course ask for their business cards.) To be honest, I can see CSR growing and evolving within the Fashion Industry and the more I attend events, listen to guest speakers and research the initiatives out there, the more I’m sure that this is my path. (A way to help the world with what I know, fashion)

Just remember while you are at FIT, attend to as many events on and off-campus as you can. Sometimes, knowing people is as crucial as what you know. Dare to be blown away by topics you had no idea existed, and while you are it learn, network and expand your horizons. After all you don’t know where life will take you.

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I walked out to this beauty

Carpe Diem,

Sadie