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Michele Savoia

The Center for Professional Studies mourns the loss of our instructor, colleague, friend and FIT grad, Michele Savoia. Savoia was in the very first Menswear Design class at FIT and after graduating went on to a wonderful career as a custom tailor and costume designer.He had a very high profile clientele and truly was a walking encyclopedia on all things important in the Men’s business.His sense of fit, image and styling was unparalleled.You could not stump him and his advice was spot on in terms of what to wear when. His own avant garde appearance, complete with numerous tattoos only added to his appeal and our adult students, many professionals in the industry, loved him. While the press quickly labeled him a “fashion designer” the fact is he was called “The Tailor” carrying on a family tradition from his grandfather and father.

Here is a picture of Savoia taken in his very last class on Wednesday evening 2/12. It is quintessentially him and captures his vitality. His accidental death is such a loss for all who knew him. Let us all remember him just this way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Michele Savoia teaching. Photo by Larry Byrd

 

Making a Profit Online

Art: you make it, you sell it.

It’s not a well-loved mantra in creative circles or in art school hallways, but in order to live as an artist you have to survive. At the very least, one should be able to cover expenses and yield some profit. How is this done in a competitive marketplace where gallery space is limited and visibility is key?

Increasingly, artists are using online platforms to gain visibility and even sell their work. From Etsy to Saatchi Online, these platforms offer artists a way to network, promote, sell, and gain momentum as entrepreneurs with very little overhead costs. In some cases, retailers and other interested buyers are drawn to the established package that comes from DIY online promoting: a product with a defined brand and built-in audience. If you’ve already done the work of packaging your creative product, research alternative ways to facilitate your business outside of gallery circles– it might ultimately lead you back to them.

Here is a great list of 200 places to sell your work online:

http://www.artsyshark.com/125-places-to-sell/

Visual artists should consider Saatchi Online and the unique benefits of its social media-inspired platform:

http://www.saatchionline.com/promoting

Licensing Class

Great line-up of expert speakers for my licensing class which starts tomorrow!

Licensing is a great source of primary or additional income for your product(s).  Learn the basics about how to navigate the world of licensing in four weeks!  And get the lowdown from people who live licensing!

My guest speakers this term will be:

David Kalow – An Intellectual Property attorney with fashion product experience
Arnold Burstein – A Licensing Agent who knows all the in’s and out’s of the licensing world and is the Chair of the NY Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society
Serena Godwin – Licensing Manager, Natori and (surprise guest speaker?)
Nathan Fleisig – An FIT faculty who specializes in licensing names and products
Outerstuff:  Director of Licensee Global Social Compliance, and an FIT faculty member.

It’s not too late to register!
CEO 035 (55A) Licensing
Thurs., April 25, May 2, 9, 16
6:20-9:10pm

 

Sandra Holtzman teaches CEO 035: Licensing.
She is the author of Lies Startups Tell Themselves to Avoid Marketing.