A Day at Dover Street Market

Hey Everyone!

Dover Street Market is a store started by the brand “Comme de Garçon” which pulls together designers from all around the world to showcase their works. DSM’s merchandise is marked by wildly successful brands ranging from “Supreme” to “Gucci” and every brand in between and beyond. Recently, I was able to take a tour of the store with my FIT Precollege class, here’s what happened:
On the walk from FIT to DSM, I find myself constantly looking out for an ex-school building turned high-end fashion store. It isn’t until I already walk W A Y past the store that my classmates who had previously visited call me over to the pristine, and understated front stoop. We wait outside for a little bit before three women in all black couture come out to find us. The women then guide us like a group of lost sheep into a side entrance, past a series of exceedingly well-dressed security guards, and into the front room
The unmarked building should, in theory, turn away potential customers simply because if it’s mysteriously camouflaged storefront. The exact same characteristic that would keep a customer from shopping in the store is, a lot of the time, what brings in customers. The extremely well-dressed tour guide/ sales associate/ social media representative explained to us that it is chiefly the supposed exclusivity that appeals to people; the glamor of possibly shopping alongside celebrities in an aloof, chic, New York City store is just as appealing as getting VIP passes to a music festival or invited to throw the first pitch at a Yankee game.
Our guide sends us with another sales associate who brings us up to the top floor by way of a GLASS ELEVATOR (I mean… how cool! I felt very much like Charlie in the chocolate factory) which allows us to catch a glimpse of the magical curation of designer goods as we rise. We step into the first exhibit-like showroom consisting of Supreme right next to Gucci, which is right next to Junya Watanabe. Following our lovely journey in the magic elevator, we make our way back down floor by floor, getting a better look at the extremely impressive detail that goes into every brand’s space before ending the tour with an informal Q&A session about how someone may get to working at a store like DSM.


I had always wanted to make my way into Dover Street Market, but I never really knew if I would find an opportunity to. I loved learning about everything DSM does! FIT Precollege Programs has once again opened doors for me to experience the industry in a really cool way!

Special thanks to the team at Dover Street Market for a great day! Make your way down to 160 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016! WARNING: It’s really cool :)

See you all next week!

~ Kaela

Where The Locals Go

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Though I am no local, I do know my way around the city pretty well. This comes at an advantage when I am trying to find a new place to shop or eat. In order for my fellow non-local students to make the best of their trip to the city or for those Manhattanites who want to expand their go-to stops; I have compiled a list of my five favorite places to stop at near FIT. I strongly recommend taking a look so you never have to leave the city bored, wishing you could have stayed just a bit longer to add to your already awesome day at FIT.

1.The Smith: On the corner of 27th street and Broadway, one of my personal favorites, The Smith serves up some highly satisfying bites for people of all ages. With an underground photo booth and a classic yet rustic aesthetic, you can’t go wrong. I would 10 out of 10 recommend this restaurant as your next lunch or dinner destination after a hard day’s work at FIT.

The Smith

The Smith

2. Chelsea Market: At 72 9th ave between 16th and 27th street, this indoor marketplace is a melting pot of food junkies and shopaholics. With a variety of small businesses and great pit stops to chow down at, there is something for everybody. If you are in the mood for crêpes, American classics, Italian cuisine or any other food imaginable, Chelsea Market has you covered. And whether you want to find the latest trend or the next best thing there are countless stores to browse around in. These include Anthropologie, various pop-ups, local artist vendors and a variety of other eclectic shops to find what you are looking for.

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

3.The High Line: On a beautiful sunny day this is the perfect spot to spend your afternoon. Running from Gansevoort street in the Meatpacking district to West 34th street between 10th and 12th; you can walk through what is almost two miles long of an old train track, admiring the classic skyline of Manhattan. The best part is, it’s free!

The High Line

The High Line

4.The Whitney: This museum that is strictly devoted to American art is located at 99 Gansevoort street. It is chock full of amazing artwork from some of today’s most popular American artists. If you are a sucker for anything modern or contemporary then I am sure you will fall in love with something, and if not the art, then you definitely will obsess over the view The Whitney has to offer overlooking the ever-changing skyline. When you are done drooling over all the museum has to offer, you can browse their awesome gift shop and sit down at The Whitney’s prestigious restaurant, Untitled. (Do not forget to use your FIT ID for a student discount on admission!)

The Whitney Museum

The Whitney Museum

Untitled at The Whitney

5.The Style Shop: Full of funky vintage finds, designer jewelry, and awesome FIT apparel there is no way you can leave this remarkable boutique without falling in love. Located right here on campus in the Dubinsky lobby, The Style Shop, run by actual students, is the heart of the Merchandising Society here at FIT. This savvy team does everything from buying to selling and makes sure every customer leaves with a bag in their hand a smile on their face.

The Style Shop via @The_styleshop instagram

The Style Shop via @The_styleshop instagram

Thanks for reading,

-Faith

Making Friends at FIT

To be honest, making friends isn’t as hard or scary as it may sound. Saying “hello” to the person right next to you in class can lead to a blossoming friendship! Or, in my case, seeing them on the train. Whatever works for you.

This past weekend, after another class of HAD 109 Adobe Illustrator for Artists and Designers, my friends Sarah, Div, Olivia and I went to the Whitney Museum of American Art around Greenwich Village. It was truly breathtaking!

There’s always a time in your life where you have to try something new. If you go to New York, taking the Subway is inevitable. And it’s not all that bad!

Subway at 28th Street

Subway at 28th Street

Untitled Meatpacking District

A restaurant named ‘Untitled’ at the Whitney

Conveniently enough, there is a subway station on 28th street literally right on campus.

We took the 2 train downtown from 28th street to 14th street. We walked through the Village into the Meatpacking District on Gansevoort St. all the way to the western side.

Upon arrival, I noticed the super trendy-looking restaurant to my right, under the museum. The museum, named Untitled, it struck my eye and basically confirmed that this has to be an insanely cool museum.

And I was totally right! The inside of the museum was huge and wonderfully arranged. I never thought that it would be so interesting to go to a museum.

Well,first we had a brief intermission in the elevator (BTW- the elevator was painted inside and it was like we were inside a giant basket!!! Bonus points, @Whitney) for a group selfie, cause why not?

Whitney Museum Elevator

Div, Sarah, Me, and Olivia, respectively

Once we reached the seventh floor, I was totally obstructed by this painting by Georgia O’Keeffe, titled “Summer Days.”  I admire the vastness of the landscape. It was portrayed as a small desert at the bottom of the piece with storm clouds in the background, totally taken over by the deer skull in the foreground.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Summer Days

Georgia O’Keeffe, Summer Days

Another piece that caught my eye was “Variety” booth, NYC by Nan Goldin. The irony between the title and the piece was astonishing to me. What also made me fall in love was the simplicity of it as well as the ‘vintage’ vibes that it gave off being in a room full of bright pieces.

Nan Goldin, "Varitey" Booth, NYC

Nan Goldin, “Varitey” Booth, NYC

The whole mini field trip was wonderful and helped me become more aware of my surroundings in Manhattan.

If you plan on attending any precollege programs at FIT and you are a quiet, reserved person, I suggest opening up and saying “Hey” to the person next to you! New friendships do anything but hurt, and they open up possibilities that may have not been possible before. There are only two classes left that I will have to see my friends, and I can’t wait to continue exploring the city with them.

Until next time,
Joey Criscione

Stuff to Do After Class

Status

This past Saturday was week number eight at FIT and I cannot believe how fast these Saturdays are coming. I never want it to end! I remember how nervous I was going to my first class – my family and friends kept on telling me to explore Manhattan while I was there by myself and I didn’t really know what to do exactly. Shopping and walking around aimlessly are my number one talents and that’s precisely what I did by myself the first time I decided to take a later train home. The walk up to Times Square wasn’t that long at all. All of my favorite stores were there, so it was a home run for me! If you like Express and American Eagle I suggest heading to Times Square because the stores are huge and have almost everything you’d see at the online stores.

But then – last Saturday – the most amazing thing happened to me. Chipotle. Now, I know what you’re thinking… What does this have to do with FIT? WELL EVERYTHING! It’s life. Chipotle = life. AND IT’S RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COLLEGE OHMYGOD. I went with my friend Sarah and then we went back to FIT to enjoy my first Chipotle burrito. Yes, yes. I know what you’re thinking. How have you never had Chipotle? I’m sorry my fellow Chipotle fanatics, I’m very sorry. The closest one is twenty minutes away and I never was part of the Chipotle craze!

Sarah Mac

Outside the Feldman Center with Sarah

So, what do you know? Signing up for a precollege class brings learning and opportunity – for your future and taste buds!

But seriously, if you’re looking for something to do, somewhere to eat, go down 8th Ave. There’s everything imaginable. Me and Sarah went for paraffin mani pedis at QQ Nail Spa on 8th and 23rd. There was a Starbucks right next door and countless food places across the street. Also, if you are into photography or want to take photos while you’re in the city, it’s the place to be! It’s busy, there’s lots of action, traffic, trees, and it’s just wonderful.

Looking up 8th Avenue

Looking up 8th Avenue

If you are like me and are stubborn to leave your comfort zone at first but eventually will break the barrier – break it sooner than later! I’ve only got three classes left and three more opportunities to hang out with my friends after class to explore the city. It goes fast, but then again, so does everything you enjoy!

(Last weekend’s plan to go to the Whitney Museum was canceled – hopefully we are going this weekend. Updates to follow!)
Until next week,
Joey Criscione

Inspirational Thinking

So, the train ride to class is getting increasingly boring since the scenery never changes. More boredom = more creative thinking! (What a surprise – I’m complaining about the train again!)

Train ride to FIT

Yawn

Train to FIT

The super exciting, crowded train ride to Manhattan

Anywho, sitting on the train and asking myself questions is almost philosophical to an extent. I know it sounds crazy, but asking yourself questions can really help you figure out your incentives and passions. Why am I doing this? Is this actually worth getting up at 6 in the morning on a Saturday? …God, I think I forgot to do the homework assignment. My life is over.

Jokes aside, I actually thought about why I like to do what I do, and what inspired me to keep pursuing graphic art. When I was little and used the computer I would see graphics all over the screen and I was so fascinated to know how it was made and how it all worked together to create beautiful images. Growing up with a computer as well as Photoshop allowed me to explore a field unknown to me and my parents since it was still on the brink of existence to almost all.

A look down Ave of the Americas

A look down Ave of the Americas

More recently, however, my friends and peers inspire me to be who I am as well as try my best at art. I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again – I do not consider myself good at drawing. My friends continue to tell me that I’m doing great and if I keep trying I’ll be wonderful at it one day. It really helps to have support from people who you aspire to be like. For example, my friend Lex is an extraordinary artist and I love her with all my heart. She is one of my role models when it comes to things in the artistic field, and to have her support means so much to me. When someone who inspires you gives you their hope and their time, it makes you want to strive for the best.

Alexis Costanza and Joey Criscione

Lex and I in our computer graphics class

In an aesthetic way, my favorite band, The 1975, inspires me and my art style. Their personality and sound ranges from quirky to serious to indie, and it reflects my abstract preferences and choices when making art.

The 1975

The 1975, via Flippen Music

That’s all for this week! Next week, I’ll be visiting the Whitney Museum of American Art – more updates to follow!
Thanks for reading,
Joey Criscione