Holiday Bizarre Pop-up Shop @ FIT

By , November 16, 2013 1:51 pm

Holiday Bizarre at FIT

Holiday Bizarre Pop-up Shop
November 19-23, 2013
FIT, corner of 27th St & 7th Ave

FIT students in the department of Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design led by Assistant Professor Anne Kong have developed a “Holiday Bizarre” Themed shop inspired by the Surrealist and Dada art movements. This is a collaboration between FIT and The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Thrift Shop, featuring women’s designer clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, gift items, and furnishings.

All proceeds benefit the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Start Smart: Businesses for Creative Types

By , January 25, 2012 8:29 pm


Turn your passion into profits and get started in the fashion business. Fashion designer Nellie Partow and Christine Helm, manager of FIT’s Enterprise Center, will explain how to build a successful fashion label.

Please register by visiting or calling 718.623.7000 (option 4).

FREE EVENT: Fashion Manufacturing in NY

By , January 5, 2012 7:00 am


First Annual City Source:
Fashion Manufacturing in NYC

FIT is hosting a fashion manufacturer’s expo with 50 companies ready to field your questions and take your orders.

Designers and brands looking to produce in NYC – come meet the best fashion development and production suppliers in NY.

Specializations include:

Accessories, Sportswear, Tailored, Knits, Pattern and Sample Making, Embroidery, Printing, Trims

Don’t miss this one-day event!
Register Now!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
10am to 5pm

Fashion Institute of Technology
The Great Hall
Enter on 28th St (between 7 Ave & 8 Ave)



Fashion Walk of Fame

By , October 24, 2011 9:02 am

Last Wednesday I went to the Induction Ceremony for the unveiling of the 2 new designers to be featured on the Fashion Walk of Fame. Check out the photos below!


Here is a photo of each designer with their designs for reference.
Click the photos for the designer’s bio on Wikipedia.

Donald Brooks


Ralph Rucci


Talking Trade @FIT

By , October 11, 2011 8:48 am

California Law on International Supply Chain
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, “D” Bldg., Ground Floor

David Uricoli, Senior Director Global Human Rights Compliance, Polo Ralph Lauren

Doug Cahn, Principal, The Cahn Group, LLC, Corporate Responsibility Solutions
Rachelle Jackson, Director, Research and Development, STR Responsible Sourcing
Nathan Fleisig, CSR Sourcing Manager, Outerstuff LTD

Will speak about the changes in California law effective 1 January, 2012 requiring retail sellers and manufacturers to disclose their efforts to ensure that their product supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

For more event information: or call 212-217-4280

Nathan Fleisig teaches SUS 011: Responsible Manufacturing and Product Lifecycle (Fashion) and SXF 210: How You Can Build Your Fashion Business in Today’s Market Climate.

Free Event: It’s not what you know, but who you know!

By , October 5, 2011 7:00 pm


Deb Seidman, President, Green Silk Associates, LLC

Deb works with business leaders to design and implement high-performing organizations. Deb has over 25 years experience both as a consultant and as an internal HR manager in global organizations. She has extensive experience in human capital management, including organization design and change management, team effectiveness, meeting facilitation, performance management, talent management, leadership development and process improvement.
Deb holds an M.A. from New York University in Politics with a concentration in International Politics and Business, and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Heidi Wooden, Managing Director, The Wooden Hub

Heidi Wooden is the founder of The Wooden Hub, a business strategy and marketing services firm that provides best practices-based, business focused solutions to small and mid-sized organizations. With a commitment to excellence in service, Heidi is responsible for formulating and executing transformational strategies that yield measurable results. She is an accomplished and sought after global marketing executive with 18 years of experience in the technology, financial services, and professional services sectors.
Heidi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley.

Offered by the Enterprise Center at FIT, 7th Ave @ 27th St, Suite D130, NYC

Fashion’s Night Out – Recap

By , September 15, 2011 10:15 am

HOT TOPICS INSIDERS spread out in full force on 9/8/11.
Christine Helm (Enterprise Center) checked out the Meatpacking District.
Paige Smith (Continuing Education) checked out Midtown – south.
Joan Volpe (Professional Studies) checked out Midtown – north.

The three of us had similar, yet different experiences. We all had a great time and none of us bought anything, though we were all tempted. And new stores were discovered, if only to us. What did you do for FNO 2011?

Christine Helm:

Checkout the artwork from Ippolita!

Paige Smith:

Outside of Macy's to see Tommy Hilfiger introduce Joss Stone.

Desigual was handing out free reusable bags, definitely a unique store for the 34th Street area.

I was greeted outside of Lord & Taylor by the Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders.

Lines were everywhere; for Ivanka Trump to sign shoes, a raffle box, photo booths, etc. I joined the line for the free martinis.

Then over to check out Solange Knowles spin some tunes in the DJ booth.

It was a fun evening and I think L&T pulled off a very successful evening to draw in the younger crowds, like myself.

Joan Volpe:

Loved BG’s buxom blond transgender greeter, too bad about the poly dress! Next year put her in something fabulous.

Saks with the electric graffiti proved that a grand old store can easily do young and the music was once again the best of all the stores.

Paula Dorf pictured with celeb makeup artist Lenora was making great use of her new space in Bendel’s.

The Swarovski crystal tattoo parlor in the Bendel’s window really made you want to bedazzle yourself.

We caught our very own Master Class instructor – and national make up director for Elizabeth Arden Spas, Lindsay Ebbin in front of their 5th Ave.

Red Door with a team of makeup artists and an array of models showing off glamor looks.

Of course, who could deny that one of the best highlights of the night was the traffic stopping Rockettes’ performance outside the new Michael Kors store and who knows Michael, maybe “Dancing with the Stars” will be your next TV gig?

As to one of the best kept secrets and totally classy cool parties, Paul Stuart on Madison had a great old school prepped up DJ with a super vintage Madras blazer and a relaxed civilized crowd.

Meanwhile our Soho Insider says you could not move and the Meatpacking venue was definitely worth it. Probably the most transformative image award of the night should go to L&T.  “Oh My Lord”  Way to go!

Grand Central Hosts Casting Call for Retailers

By , May 23, 2011 12:28 pm


What’s worse for the new entrepreneur than facing NYC rents? They know their customer is here—but who can afford to open a shop in a high foot traffic neighborhood? The solution may be found via the link below. Good for the entrepreneur and good for the customer always looking for something new.

Grand Central hosts casting call for retailers | Crain’s New York Business
The transportation hub is giving entrepreneurs the chance to audition for a kiosk lease.
Read more!


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