Category Archives: Accessory Design

Farm-home inspiration for handbag finalist

It’s all gone into her handbag:  The upstairs dresser in her grandparent’s Midwest farmhouse, memories of dressing up in vintage clothes, ballet and tap dance classes. For Kathleen Friedman, finalist for the Independent Handbag Designer Award, her sources of inspiration are … Continue reading

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FIT students clutch finalist spots in handbag contest

Thanks to three FIT students, “Handbag Decision Paralysis,” may become more serious for the handbag obsessed. Coined by Wall St. Journal reporter Rachel Dodes, the term playfully refers to those with “commitment phobia in the accessories milieu.” In early May it … Continue reading

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We’re telling on Roberto Vasi

There’s a new men’s shoe line being advertised as the “Don’t ask– Don’t tell” of military style shoes.  But tell we must!   The Roberto Vasi line began as  a business partnership formed in a class taught by Accessories Design Professor Vasilios … Continue reading

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Ugly shoes or “out of the stratosphere?”

“There are far more ugly pairs [of shoes] in the world than pretty ones,” according to New York magazine’s fashion blog “The Cut,” which recently featured a slideshow, “The 50 Ugliest Shoes in History.”  Tossed from the closet are the … Continue reading

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A tip o’ the hat to the Millinery Certificate Program

This spring representatives of Milliners Guild Inc. came to FIT to pay homage and help promote the Millinery Certificate program. It’s the very program, according to Vasilios Christofilakos, chair of Accessories Design, that helped launch the careers of many of today’s … Continue reading

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Accessory design students turn to everyday objects for their last sculpture

“I tell the students I love it when they have to stand on a chair to reach their project,” says Fine Arts Prof. Barry Sigel about the Accessory Design students who take his 3-D Design course.  For their final assignment, … Continue reading

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