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Production Management Semester 2 Review

Semester 2 covers some other general business classes such as marketing and accounting. These are always good to know since they also play a large role in the workplace.

MG 132 – Marketing for Manufacturers

This was my first ever marketing class. I never thought that I would enjoy going through a marketing class, though this class changed my perspective. The final project is an accumulation of all the skills we learn in the class as we create a business proposal for original products. For the final project, we had to create a company name and logo, define our mission statement, give a SWOT analysis, detail our product line and give psychological and geographical reasoning behind our target market. I found the pyschographic and geographic data research the hardest but the most rewarding part of the project. It was really gratifying to find hard proof of why our product would sell to our target market. 

MG 242 – Principles of Accounting

My accounting professor was the most enthusiastic professor I have had to date. They emphasized that accounting doesn’t have to be approached or thought of as a boring work function. They supplied the class with great reference material and made sure each and every student knew the subject in full before moving on. We learned how to track expenses and income, and how to compile this information into financially accurate reports.

MG 253 – Object-Oriented Database Management

This is a fancy way of saying Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop class. Here, students will learn about the software interface and the tools available in each program. Teachers will supply exercise files and will walk the class through step by step to learn different techniques and applications using the software. I had never used any Adobe software before FIT, but thanks to this class I am very comfortable with the programs now and love learning new tips and tricks to make my work the best it can be. Midterm and finals in this class were a line plan for a single product including a mood-board, spec-sheet, and colorways.

Spec. sheet for my midterm

One of the colorways for my midterm.

Industry Blog: Maker’s Row

A couple months ago my roommate and his brother came to me with questions for how to set up their own small apparel company. All sorts of questions came up such as how much things cost, what information is needed, but mainly how to get products made and by whom. There are companies that work to direct designers and entrepreneurs towards the right contacts in order to help make their products and visions a reality. One such company is Maker’s Row. Maker’s Row is an online company that has connections in various fields of the apparel industry, from consultations, pattern-making, to full on production. For a cherry on top, everybody in their database is right here in the US. They help entrepreneurs understand the manufacturing process, set them up with the right people to help them along their way, and help get that product out to market.

Now I doubt that anybody reading this is going to need a connection with any of these resources, but it doesn’t end there. The main reason I want to tell you about them is because they have a blog that covers every topic you could think of. I love their blog because there is a lot of information regarding manufacturing in the US and how a business works when keeping it local, which gives us a look at the other side of things since we mainly discuss global manufacturing in our classes at FIT. I’ve been staying up late at night just hooked on reading their articles because I find them so interesting. They are understandable for even those that don’t know much about the industry, and they keep their posts relevant and concise. They even have a free “Production 101” class that gives you the basics for how the production process works. Maker’s Row requires payment in order to access some of their other classes and their client database. However, this is a great source just to learn all sorts of things about the industry.

What sort of articles do you look for? Find any interesting ones from Maker’s Row?

Production Management Semester 1 Review

The Production Management major is a complex multifaceted program that can branch off and lead to many different job types in the industry. This can make it hard to understand what your time here at FIT could look like, so I’m going to start going over the courses in the major semester by semester and review and elaborate on them.

 

Semester 1 – Very rudimentary and foundational to your general understanding of basic fashion industry structure and procedures.

MG 108 – Apparel and Home Textile Products Manufacturing

This was my first ever class at FIT. I came into this school not knowing anything about businesses or how they are structured, or how the fashion industry even operates. This class taught me about all the different processes involved in the making of products and who is responsible for them. We also talked about one of the most important pieces of information in the production industry, a tech. pack, which is a detailing of what the product is made of and how to make it.

TS 115/TS 015 – Textiles for Production Management

Again, I didn’t know anything about apparel coming into FIT. This class gave me the foundational understanding of the different types of fabrics and how they are all made. We learned about the difference between woven and knit fabrics, the different types of each category, and we even got to see the machinery used to make these fabrics in person in the textile labs. We also learned about all the different types of fibers and materials that make up the fabric and the qualities of them. One of the coolest parts about this class was when we tested different fabrics in our textile lab to see if they would meet industry standards. FIT has a fully equipped textile testing lab with machinery that tests things from the strength, to the color fastness, and even the flammability of the fabric.

MG 153 – Excel for Business

This class helps students build one of the most commonly used skills in the production industry, Microsoft Excel. I use Excel every day at work to analyze and identify key information for our team, and this class helped me feel comfortable in taking responsibilities like this on. Professors use textbook and online material for students to reference in their homework and projects to help build relevant and comprehensive practice. You’ll learn how to format files, discover all sorts of formulas, and even learn about Pivot Tables. Excel has since become one of my favorite programs for organizing pretty much any type of information. It isn’t just for numbers, though it excels in that field. (I’m sorry I just had to). 

Which class would you be most excited for in your first semester at FIT?

Fashion New Source Pt. 5

Women’s Wear Daily

Since its inception in 1910, Women’s Wear Daily magazine has been a leading force in the apparel industry. As an informational staple, the magazine covers general topics such as: fashion, business, beauty, men’s, runway, and accessories. Each topic has several sub-topics. For example, a few that business is broken down into are: trade, HR, marketing, retail, and markets. From a business student’s perspective, WWD gives a really good big picture view in regards to long term strategies. This information can be vital for higher-ups and even for students like us. There are not many sources that have a section devoted solely towards mergers & acquisitions or markets. This is why I like Women’s Wear Daily, because it can give me information that is easy to access sources sometimes require a subscription for.

If you watched NYFW and wanted to look at the styles, WWD has a review of all different designers with an analysis on the lines and photos of the collection. Click here to see more

AAFA 2018 Sourcing Conference

This last week, I had the privilege to attend the American Apparel and Footwear Association’s annual sourcing conference. This year, the event – Supply Chain Innovation: The Key to Success in the New Retail Dynamic – was held in the Ronald Reagen Center in Washington DC.

Who is the AAFA?

The AAFA is an industry organization which represents more than 1,000 companies, including name brands, retailers, and manufacturers. AAFA represents the voice of the industry regarding public policy and political issues. Providing knowledge and services such as supply chain management, trade policy, and brand protection, being a member of the AAFA has major benefits.

 

What was the event?

The AAFA hosts an annual conference which is mainly attended by group members covering topics relevant to the current standing of the industry regarding best practices, political issues, and global issues. This years event was: Supply Chain Innovation: The Key to Success in the New Retail Dynamic. Innovation was the main topic during this event. Innovation in supply chain methods, industry relationships, ERP, robotics and other machinery were all discussed. The conference is also a great time for industry members to network and expand their contacts to create new business relationships.