Comp Shopping

Our recent “Textile Applications: Home Products” assignment was to present comparisons on prices, fiber content, fabric construction and printing method on two soft furnishings. To demonstrate, Professor Cora took class on the road.

We met at the brand new (less than a week old at the time!) One Kings Lane store, at 143 Spring Street, (incidentally, 1/10th mile from where cronuts were invented/are sold). On the corner of Wooster, we admired the multi-floor glass side of the store. Not surprisingly, everything, including the building, is beautiful. Inside are cozy seating groups, a wide curved staircase, and an exposed brick wall. If these walls could talk, they would say “Can you believe this used to be a Crocs store?”

Initially I planned to do my comp shopping presentation on some of their pillows, but the woven vs. print options were all at a similar price point ($185ish), which didn’t really give enough to compare, but, it was really fun to be inside One Kings Lane and see their products in person, off the computer screen.

Next we headed to Crate&Barrel (.5 miles from the nearest cronut), always a treat in NYC to go into a place that huge. It was here that I decided to compare dish towels for my presentation.

All of our field trips this semester were really interesting, and were during great weather, which made them even more of a treat.

photo, courtesy Breonna Arnold, HP2020
photo, courtesy Samantha Edwards HP2020
photo, courtesy Samantha Edwards HP2020


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2019 Carole Sloan Scholar

Congrats to Jessica Jakobsson, the 2019 Carole Sloan Scholar.

I am incredibly grateful to be the recipient of the Carole Sloan Memorial Scholarship this year. I am an international student from Sweden who had big dreams of moving to New York City and attending FIT. The Home Products Development program turned out to be the perfect choice for me. During my first year I have been academically challenged, gained valuable professional skills, and learned about the industry. I have had the opportunity to apply this knowledge at trade shows, showroom visits, and as an intern. I am excited to start my senior year and to honor the legacy of Carole Sloan.” ~ Jessica Jakobsson, Class of 2019

The Carole Sloan Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 by Stephen Pond, founder of Home Textiles Today and Furniture Today, in honor of Carole Sloan who was a longtime editor and writer with the publications. The Home Products department is grateful for the continuous gift which honors a FIT Home Products Development student each year in pursuing their education and passion for the home industries.

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