September 25-27, 2017 third semester Fashion Business Management major Alin Intravisit had the esteemed opportunity to attend the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Shop.org Digital Retail Conference in Los Angeles, California. Engineering students are normally prefered but Alin’s impressive resume granted her an invitation amongst this intimate student population of 100 top students. Shop.org is noted as being the place to meet the top thinkers and doers from the digital retail community. Guest speakers such as Tyra Banks, Scott Gallaway, and Marc Lore were all proof of that. Shop.org’s educational program keeps you ahead of the curve and gives you insights into what’s next for the digital retail industry. Alin notes “Shop.org is a great way to network with students from other universities as well”.
Alin is currently part of the NRF family as she serves as VP NRFSA FIT where her main responsibilities include scheduling guest speakers, and planning corporate visits and tours. Alin states she has grown so much from being a leader within the club. English is Alin’s 2nd language as she is from Thailand. She notes that it is common for Thai people to be a bit more reserved and shy. This experience has definitely enhanced her public speaking and networking skills. Alin along with NRFSA FIT club members are currently participating in the NRF Student Challenge Competition- The Big Pitch.
In her efforts to become a cultural ambassador for FIT, Alin applied and was awarded the role of Cultural Fellow. International students make up 10% of the FIT student body. This fellowship was created to cater to this portion of the student community and create an inclusive environment.
Ms. Intravisit has left no opportunity unturned as she was a YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund recipient as a Freshman. While the financial award was a major incentive, Alin was also drawn to the opportunity of receiving a mentor to discuss ways in preparing for life “after college”.
Alin’s motto is “There’s no downside to trying whether financial or the experience, just keep trying.”
all photos courtesy of Alin Intravisit
During Prof. Ann Cantrell’s Fashion Forecasting class, she and some students were discussing Dover Street Market and how innovative it is especially with its ties to Comme des Garçons. What better way to see it than to go. Since many of the students had never been to Dover Street Market, Prof. Cantrell was able to set up a tour of both Chelsea locations of Comme des Garçons and then all 7 floors of Dover Street Market. The students will incorporate the visit into the weekly Hunter & Gatherer Journals which include ten entries. Daphne, the tour guide and head of press introduced the class to so many interesting new brands and how Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo find new designers that are really innovative and pushing the conversation further in fashion. Many of the designers are very much aligned in Rei’s model, being artists and “architects” of their brand, not just creating clothing but starting a movement with their work. Thanks Daphne….Great job Prof. Cantrell!
Days after this visit, NEW YORK’S Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed that the theme for its 2017 annual Costume Institute exhibition and Met Gala will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme desGarçons.
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 BRAG hosted its 46th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala. BRAG is a non-profit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in the retail, fashion and related industries. BRAG FIT was the FIRST chartered college club and remains a major club on FIT’s campus today. Looking forward to the 47th!!!
BRAG FIT Vice President Phalasade Porter (L) & BRAG Treasurer and 2016 Scholarship Recipient Emilie Alexandre
(photos courtesy of L. Brown)
Reminder: next week October 30th is the Career Fair in the Haft auditorium. REMEMBER this is not only for seniors but for all students to learn more about different companies you may begin your career with. Many of the companies at the career fair are also offering internships that you can inquire about. Believe or not Summer 2015 internships are being filled NOW.
Chicos FAS will be at the Career Fair on Thursday October 30th and will be conducting interviews on campus Friday October 31st. Chicos also owns White House/Black Market and Boston Proper. Many of our students have been hired by Chicos and are enjoying a career in sunny Florida.
Professor Cathy Geib
Dear FMM Students and Faculty,
Welcome to the FMM Blog. We hope that many of you will comment and post happenings with your classes, jobs and anything exciting you would like to share:
I will begin with the exciting news that the B&T school of FIT won the World Retail Congress Competition for the second year in a row. This competition was held in Paris . The students who represented FIT were: Paula Cushman/ AMC, Alison Rebozo/FMM, Victoria Kulesza/ FMM and Cassandra Napoli/ ITM.
Also Evan Chisholm/FMM won the very prestigious Ray Greenly Scholarship from the National Retail Federation for $25,000.
I hope to read lots of interesting and exciting things happening in the FMM Department
Professor Robin Sackin
Chairperson of the Fashion Merchandising Management Department