I would like to congratulate Ritu Jadwani, one of our ESL/Fashion Business certificate students from 2008, on starting her own business! I’ve seen these in person and my personal favorites are the bracelets, they are beautiful. Congrats Ritu!
Namaste NYC is a fair trade brand that creates beautifully hand-crafted products in India for a global audience. We incorporate crafts like hand embroideries, block prints, hand tie-dye, metal work and punch work to design interesting textures. With an aim to revive the dying craft industry of India, we support khadi and mashru hand woven fabrics that are going into extinction due to lack of skilled weavers and industrialization. We collaborate with globally renowned non-profit organizations in India, which focus towards women empowerment and sustainable rural development through crafts and embroideries. All our products are made in sweat free women operated ethical workshops. Fairly traded, crafted with love.
(Founder and designer Ritu Jadwani) I am inspired by Indian craftsmanship and age-old embroidery techniques with a modern touch.
I grew up in India and came to FIT to learn about the international fashion scene. With an undergrad fashion degree and Master of global innovation business degree I combine my skills and love towards hand crafted products.
Coming to FIT for the ESL Fashion Business Certificate Program was the best decisions I made in July 2008. It gave me immense exposure by attending a world-renowned institute and living in a fashion capital city, New York. The knowledgeable faculty mentors, resourceful library, world-class museum and its tours, extra seminars, graduation fashion shows, fashion and museum tours in the city, and my diverse fashionista classmates have been of great influence in starting my business. Fortunately, I got a chance to return to FIT in Summer 2013 for more courses and I hope I return again and again!
After finishing my studies at FIT and gaining some industry experience, I returned back to my country, India. Inspired by the local artisan’s hand crafting skills, I decided to launch my accessory and apparel brand to promote fair trade items and support the dying cottage industries of my town. We launched as a wholesale company at the NY NOW fair in New York, in February 2014. Soon we started supplying to stores that appreciated hand crafted colorful items. We hope to reach out to museums, hotels and more hand made stores by the end of this year. Recently we launched our online retail store on Etsy with worldwide shipping at nominal/free costs. Check out our new collection at NY NOW in the Global Handmade section in New York City from Aug 16th – 21st 2014.
We hope you enjoy our colorful products as much as we enjoy hand crafting them for you.
Thank you FIT!
Just how integrated the industry is now was underscored at our 9/27 program. Fashion generalists function better. Read more here: http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=153762
Fibre2Fashion (October 11) reported that FIT’s Center for Professional Studies, in association with Setlog Corporation, presented Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain, a seminar held at FIT on September 27. The event addressed the issues facing global fashion brands and retailers who are under increased pressure to know more about every element in the supply chain.
A great networking opportunity for students interested in international development, African fashion and social enterprise.
Check out this article and video of Instructor Bridgett Artise talking about vintage fashion and doing a sample reconstruction! Her classes are CEO 031: Building a Vintage Business and SUS 016: Clothing Reconstruction.
Luxury Skincare Brand, Kiehl’s has done a major push towards implementing an environmental initiative for Earth Day!
They have implemented QR code advertising within their store windows as well as various marketing materials to create awareness of their eco-friendly approach.
When consumers scan the QR code, they are redirected to Kiehl’s mobile page http://www.kiehls.com/, which focuses on their environmentally oriented products as well as the recycling campaign.
The Kiehl’s Reycle across America campaign incorporates celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, Florence Welch and Spike Lee as an effort to connect with their Target Demographic. They have also released a limited edition line with focus on these celebrities. Each celebrity has their own limited-edition art label on the Kiehl’s rare Earth pore cleansing masque. All proceeds from this collection will go to Recycle Across America.
Included in this initiative is recycling of old containers from their past products. Each empty container is equivalent to one stamp, three stamps qualifies for a free lip balm, five stamps qualifies for a travel-sized product, and 10 stamps qualifies for a full-sized product.
Kiehl’s strategy of implementing QR codes to create awareness of this campaign was extremely strategic, because they can track the interaction and learn from this engagement for future campaigns.
Dalia Strum teaches SXF 120: Blogging Smarts for Business.
FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference
“Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability”
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The John Reeves Great Hall
8:30am – 5:30pm
Bring your students to one session or attend for the whole day.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Discover Tips on Becoming More Earth Friendly While still Staying on Trend.
Shop til you Drop but lower your Carbon Footprint by Buying Vintage and Gently Worn Designer Pieces.
We will start with a Talk and then Head for a Walk to some of Emma’s Favorite Hot Spots.
Join me on one of my upcoming tours.
1. Saturday, March 30, SXT 810 Fashion Market Update for Sustainable Products 55A 11 – 4 p.m.
2. Saturday April 28, May 5 SXT500 55B Star Quality Vintage Shop Talk and Tour 11 to 3 p.m.
3. SXT510 OL1 How to Really Shop Vintage: Local to Online Resources April 9 – April 27 Online
Go Green This Spring with FIT and Emma and help save your Planet.
Happy Earth Day!
Emma Sosa www.EmmasVintageShop.etsy.com www.VintageFitforStyle.artfire.com
FIT’s 3rd Annual Pet Fashion Show – Fashion After BARK
This year’s show will be in April 2012. Stay tuned for more info!