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Re-Gift Proof: Office Gifts Done Right

By , December 5, 2012 8:45 am

Written by Dani Covington, FIT Hot Topics Intern.

Hello masses of the inter-webs!

‘Tis the season to start scouring department stores!

We’re all looking for cost effective, original gifts we know will make an impact, but more importantly won’t get re-gifted to your co-workers distant cousin. Try to be enthusiastic! I know it sounds like a lot, but please don’t fret.  I’m here to help.

Think small.

The office is our home away from home, correct? So for shoppers looking to make a gesture of good will, I suggest shopping small. Small office supplies with tons of personality can really brighten someone’s day or at the very least fill-up the best holiday gift bag in existence. If you’re looking to make a kind gesture in the workplace, might I suggest one or two of these? They don’t cost very much.

Paper clip chicks!

Colorful decorative bird shaped paper clip holder

Colorful chick shaped paper child holder Paper clip holders shaped like chicks

  Fruit Sticky’s!  Sweet as can be and practical!

Green apple and Pear slice shaped stick notes

Apple and Pear shaped stick notes

This little guy’s a touch edgier, but his gold finish is pretty chic. Yet another small gesture that your office fashionista will love you for. Ditch that drab staple remover, it’s been done before.

Crocodile Staple Remover

Edgy golden crocodile staple remover

 Sweet as daisies.

Tulip USB hub

HUGE POST-ITS! I know in my office they made a big splash. I can’t quite say why but they seem to get the message across a little better than a regular sticky. (I was told that I’d appreciate them when I’m older.)

XL Stick Note Pad

Hot Pink XL Stick Note Pad

This little guy is not only extremely classy, but he has tons of personality and is a riot! I would say he’s probably the perfect co-worker.

Gag tape dispenser, post-it and paper clip holder

Gag tape dispenser, post-it, pen and paper clip holder

 Funny paperweight magnet combo.

" WHY ME!" gag paper wight and clip holder

” WHY ME!” gag paperweight and paperclip holder.

A filing tote! This little lady keeps all your documents not only organized, but safe and sound while you’re on the go. Amazingly practical and super cute

(Color options available) ;)

Sassy Organizer Tote Bag

Sassy Organizer Tote Bag. Keeps files in order while your on the go.

 Music cube. When the boss is away the tunes will play.

Rubix music cube. Portable speaker

Rubix music cube, portable speaker

 A fancy pen. For important people with important signatures.

Professional pen

Professional pen, with a classic steam punk twist

Think lunch.

If you prefer to think a little bigger, try offering a universally yummy snack! We all need nourishment, so try taking into account any favorite office lunch or breakfast spots.

Try catering, sharing is caring.

why cook

Why cook when you can cater?

Big or small you can’t go wrong with an edible arrangement. They brighten up a table instantly and are the perfect share-able snack.

supper yummy edible arrangement

Gift cards anyone? It’s the practical gift that keeps on giving.

Gift Cards from Starbucks Coffee.

Think after hours.

We love our co-workers but eventually they have to go home. Wish them well with a good time after hours.

Movie theater tickets are universal and sure to show someone a good time. Take this after hour’s gift as an idea. Try your best to be creative when thinking of fun after hour’s hangouts.

Movie night anyone?

 

Go forth and prosper.

Covington

Fashion for Paws: alumni trunk show

By , November 27, 2012 10:32 am

Stay tuned – I will be posting a lot of upcoming December events in the next few days. Here’s the first one to kick it off!

Some of our alumni from the Pet Fashion Design and Marketing Certificate program have joined together to bring you this wonderful trunk show! Hope you can make it!

Fashion for Paws trunk show

 

Upcoming Events

By , November 14, 2012 12:05 pm

Lectures and Book Signings

Rad Hourani Five Years of Unisex ~ Rad Hourani
Thursday, November 15, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Center, first floor
Join Rad Hourani for a lively presentation of his unisex fashion creations. Since 2007, he has been designing clothing he describes as “gender-agnostic,” working mostly in black and white to create a true unisex look. Mr. Hourani’s photographs have been shown at the Galerie Joyce on the Palais Royal in Paris, and are collected in a book he published in collaboration with Mykromag.

The Color Revolution The Color Revolution ~ Regina Lee Blaszczyk
Tuesday, November 20, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Center, first floor

Join historian Regina Lee Blaszczyk for a fascinating look at her book The Color Revolution, which explores the often unrecognized role of the color profession in consumer culture. Ms. Blaszczyk will explain color forecasting and show how “color engineers” help corporations utilize color psychology. A book signing will follow the lecture.

M. The Civilized Years 1983-1989 M: The Civilized Years, 1983-1989 ~ John Tinseth
Thursday, November 29, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Fred P. Pomerantz Center, first floor

John Tinseth is an ex-deputy sheriff, ex-paratrooper, ex-park ranger, and author of the men’s style blog The Trad. Join him for a presentation of his book, M: The Civilized Years, 1983-1989, which collects the best of M magazine. M featured fashion and styling advice for men from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Alexander Julian, and many others. It also documented New York’s urbane, upper-class lifestyle, covered the best restaurants and the wildest bars, and featured articles about how to find the perfect tailor, as well as the perfect wife.

For more info, visit The Museum at FIT.

 

 

Hurricane Relief

By , November 12, 2012 12:42 pm
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The college is currently assessing the needs of our community and identifying efforts specific to FIT. As these initiatives are being developed, some activities are currently underway.

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Canned Food Drive
Sponsored by Food Bank for New York City
Drop-off Locations:

  • The Center, Dubinsky 7th Floor
  • UCE Office, Business & Liberal Arts Center, 9th Floor
  • Lobbies in Pomerantz, Feldman, and Dubinsky

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Blood Drive
Sponsored New York City Blood Center
Thursday, November 15, 10 am to 7 pm
Great Hall, Conference Center

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Donations
Sponsored by the Red Cross
Text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation

 

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Volunteer Opportunities
Contact FIT’s Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS) Office at (212) 217-4130 or svcs@fitnyc.eduto learn more about ways to volunteer with the following organizations:

Visit FITNYC.EDU/HURRICANERELIEF for more information and updates.

 

Hurricane Sandy Update

By , November 1, 2012 11:36 am

The blog is back up! It had gone done at some point during the hurricane…

UPDATE

FIT cancelled ALL classes through Sunday, November 4th, 2012. Some offices at FIT are open with limited staff until 4pm today and tomorrow (Friday).
More info here: http://www.fitnyc.edu/2752.asp

 

 

What I learned from judging a $250K business plan contest… that might help you write yours.

By , October 20, 2012 11:21 am

This past summer I had the great pleasure of being a judge for the Chase Manhattan and Living Social “Mission Small Business” contest.  During that one week, I (and other judges each) reviewed about 600 business plan concepts. (About 70,000 responded.) There were 12 winners each receiving $250K.

First, almost all the plans fell into the middle range meaning they were good solid plans but didn’t stand out in some special way.  There were a few that were just plain confusing so much so that in some cases the name of the business was never mentioned, or I was left guessing what exactly the business was/did.

The ones that stood out, however, made sure that they answered all the questions asked in the entry information.  One of the key points that separated the winners was their passion which came across into the written word.  Another was their story…storytelling is very important because it draws the reader into your world and let’s them experience it.  Also important, and part of their stories, was how they overcame or were overcoming obstacles and their strength and tenacity to keep going no matter what.  One of the requirements was how the business contributed to the betterment of their community…and by that I mean not just writing a check to the local charity but actually having a positive impact on their local community. This included  job creation, another  very important factor.  Each of the 12 winners had all of these elements.

A word of caution…no funder wants to hear that your use of proceeds will go to retiring debt.  Unfortunately, no one cares about your past…they are funding your future.

When you’re asked or tasked with submitting a business plan, make sure to include all these aspects – they will help you stand out from the pack.

For details of the plan, names of the winners, and interviews with two final judges, one of whom was a sponsor, please visit the links below.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11669958/1/chase-and-livingsocial-award-12-small-businesses-250000-grants-totalling-3m-through-the-mission-small-business-program.html

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=389700003

 

 

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

Preppy Class & Contest

By , October 16, 2012 12:00 pm

50 Shades of Prep: Lifestyle, Designers and Retailers Talk and Tour with Cliff Hoppus, featuring G. Bruce Boyer

Cliff Hoppus

Cliff Hoppus

When it comes to U.S. influence on men’s dressing throughout the world, Preppy is number one. If you are in men’s image, styling, design or merchandising, take advantage of this action-packed day featuring prep, preppy, Ivy League, and American classics. Find out what these terms mean, what the look is, who wears it, makes it and sells it. Join in a conversation with menswear authorities on the many shades of prep from “genuine” to “authentic”, “old school”, evolved, high, urban and Euro. Participate in a Q and A during a working lunch followed by a tour of FIT’s current exhibit, “Ivy Style”. Program culminates with actual store visits to the best NYC purveyors of preppy goods, such as J. Press, Paul Stuart, and the new Brooks Brothers concept store. Box lunch and tour bus included.

G Bruce Boyer photo by Rose Callahan

G Bruce Boyer
photo by Rose Callahan

Seminar leader: Cliff Hoppus, celebrity stylist with G. Bruce Boyer, menswear journalist and consultant Ivy Style exhibition.

Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30am-5:00pm
RESCHEDULED: Saturday, December 1st from 9:30am-5:00pm

Register now for this ONE TIME ONLY Master Class in Prep (class SXN 520) at http://fitnyc.edu/noncreditregister.

 

 

Want to take this class for free??

 

 

FIT Goes Preppy Pinterest Contest

Create a Pinterest board that epitomizes “The Preppy Lifestyle”. One lucky pinner will attend class SXN 520 (50 Shades of Prep: Lifestyle, Designers, and Retailers Talk and Tour) for free! One lucky winner will be enrolled in SXN 520 at no cost. Winner will be responsible for any travel and related expenses. Winner shall contact FIT within 2 days of notification of award; no course substitutions are permitted. Winner must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

How to enter:
1. Follow FIT’s Hot Topics on Pinterest, http://pinterest.com/hottopics/.

2. Create a board and title it “Preppy Look = Preppy Life“.

3. Fill the board with 25 or more pins that epitomize “The Preppy Lifestyle”, be creative. You must include at least two pins from the FIT website (fitnyc.edu) the rest can be from Pinterest or other websites. View our board as an example: http://pinterest.com/hottopics/preppy-look-preppy-life/

4. Submit your board by commenting your URL link to this Preppy Class & Contest blog post by October 28, 2012.

The chosen board will be announced by October 31, 2012! Class is Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30am-5:00pm.

Happy pinning!

Joan preppy past and present

LEFT: Our very own Joan Volpe and friend in their preppy looks, circa 1966.
RIGHT: Joan and Charles Volpe in their current preppy garb for the FIT Museum’s opening of “Ivy Style” photo by Owen Hoffman.

 

Taking fashion to the next level: from two participants

By , October 6, 2012 9:04 am

Last week I discussed the Design Entrepreneurs NYC program just completed at FIT. This week I want to pass on feedback from two participants: one of the designers selected for a prize and one of the designers who showcased her products at the event.  Like all our participants, they put blood, sweat, and many sleepless nights of their lives into this program.

First up is Katerina Lankova, Founder and Designer at Stee-letas. She showcased her products at the DENYC closing event and told us: “Through the DENYC I have been able to explore the business of fashion beyond my comfort zone and formulate a clear picture about bringing the product– STEE-LETAS®– to the marketplace.  Seeing other designer’s work, and hearing the unique stories behind their creative process, was both inspiring, motivating and humbling. Ultimately, the most important benefit of the program was the sense of shared endeavor, the priceless connections, and the lasting friendships that resulted from it.  I am grateful for the opportunity that DENYC represents; I am already integrating the skills, insights and training that I obtained into my design aesthetic and my business practice.”

Katerina Lankova
www.stee-letas.com

Designer Jes Wade. Photo by Sergio Kurhajec.

Designer Jes Wade. Photo by Sergio Kurhajec.

Jessica Wade, Founder and Designer at Jes Wade, and one of the three winners of the presentations to the panelists, has this to say about her experience: “The opportunity to think about the past and present of Jes Wade during the intensive DENYC program was a gift.  Finishing the course with a presentation that was supported by esteemed fashion industry heavy weights was confirming and an even bigger gift.  It was a NYCEDC program that focused on every aspect of the fashion design business with a rigorous “mini MBA” boot camp style.  The professors and mentors from FIT and the industry were both challenging and supportive and the entire experience a huge asset in confirming the future of my business.  I highly recommend this intensive program to all highly motivated design entrepreneurs.”

Jessica wrote her business plan with the help of the DENYC program.  The prize is in two parts – one is time with consultant Ari Bloom who Jessica will work with to develop innovative relationships.  The second, time with Charles Klein, will help her to negotiate new relationships (in addition to the attorney she already has a relationship with).

Jessica Wade
www.jeswade.com

Best of luck to the two featured designers above and to all the great designers who participated in the DENYC program!!!

If you are interested in participating in the 2013 class of Design Entrepreneurs NYC, please note that the application process will launch in early 2013. For updates, please visit http://designentrepreneursnyc.com/.

For those of you interested in participating in the business of design, NYC Fashion Fellows is now taking applications.  NYC Fashion Fellows

 

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

Fashion’s Night Out!!

By , September 6, 2012 10:35 am

What will you be doing tonight??

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New Digital Aesthetic = Pure Genius

By , August 27, 2012 8:31 am

Written by Chelsea Candelario, FIT Hot Topics Summer Intern.

While browsing through WGSN.com, I came across three collections of Fashion Forecast. I was completely drawn by the detailed clothing that matched the similarity of objects and themes. New Digital Aesthetic, Next Nature, and Neo-Geo all present a different side of something completely out of the ordinary and new for Spring/Summer ’14.

One of the collections I looked into was New Digital Aesthetic. They were inspired by the online culture of design. The digital ideas are put upon the construction and colors of the designs. Four themes that struck out with N.D.A are Preppy Pixel, Digital Fantasy, Cyber Strange, and Chemical Cartoon.

Preppy Pixel present designs that look like it could have been created on a computer. It brings on a ‘nerd quality’ giving colors that are simple such as black, white, blue, and grey.  Most of the attire consists of suits and layered women wear.

However, as I go through the slides, the theme shifts. It becomes more colorful. Blue, green, and red come together like I never seen before. The colors are either coming together or staying independent. The frequent show of blocks and pixel-like shapes still make their comeback to present the modern world of technology quality.

As I looked through Digital Fantasy, I stepped into a world unlike my own. The designs are out of this world. It starts off with bright neon colors and move to serene pastel colors. Fabrics such as wool and sheer become used for a two-piece assemble, over the knee dresses and complicated shirts. Characteristics of technology inspire the intricate details of these garments to bring out a unique feel of living in the digital 21st century.

Cyber Strange lives up to its name. Sleeveless suits and open up heels have presented themselves on the slides.  At first, I was confused and wondering why would anyone want to wear that? Then I sat back, a smile on my face, and think ‘This is Fashion after all’. This theme breaks all the rules of understanding where and how it was made. It’s the art portrait you enjoy, but can’t quite understand.

Chemical Cartoon is the last theme to N.D.A. It’s like stepping on a bridge between imagination and reality. So many bright colors splattered on to fabrics. You can literally spot one of these garments from a mile away. All sorts of colors and prints put together to give in a fun child-like quality. The three-piece suit filled with bright summery colors followed by stripes endlessly parading the garment or the patches of colors mixed in with floral prints that remind me you of the picnic day in June.

As if the colors were going to stop, it gets even more bold and electrifying with different shades of pink and purple covering the clothes. Also introducing light pastel colors such as periwinkle, baby blue, green, and yellow. Sticking to the theme of Cartoons, a charming picture of Kermit is plastered on one of the sweaters.

Looking through the slides it gave me the urge to grab a sketchbook and sketch a design, something I haven’t done since I left high school.

 

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