Deirdre Quinn Appointed to FIT Board of Trustees
Quinn is the president and co-founder of Lafayette 148 New York, the $100 million women’s clothing brand that she brought to the top of its category. Named for the company’s Manhattan street address, Lafayette 148 New York is known for offering outstanding detail and craftsmanship and luxurious fabrics. The Lafayette 148 New York collection is sold at leading retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Lord and Taylor and in more than 200 specialty stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.“Ms. Quinn's talents as a fashion executive will be extremely valuable to the FIT board,” said Edwin Goodman, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “She brings to us 25 years of experience in manufacturing, sales, product development, and operations. We are pleased to welcome her as a new member.”
Quinn received her degree from Bauder Fashion College in Miami, where she was named the most outstanding student. After working for six years in production at Liz Claiborne, she joined Donna Karan in 1988 as director of production, where she was instrumental in the launch of the DKNY label. She returned to Liz Claiborne in 1990 as vice president of operations, and in 1994 became vice president of production and sourcing for Escada, opening offices in Hong Kong for goods manufactured in Asia. Quinn founded Lafayette 148 New York in 1996.
An active supporter of philanthropic organizations, Quinn is on the board of the School of Dreams in Shantou, China, an elementary school for children without the means to receive a basic education. She also works with the Alzheimer’s Association; Dress for Success, which provides career apparel for disadvantaged women; and Promise Project, which helps children with learning disabilities
FIT is governed by its own Board of Trustees, which is charged with the administration of the institution and support of its mission. Board members include Edwin A. Goodman, chair; Elizabeth T. Peek, vice chair; Amsale Aberra; Richard A. Anderman; Jay H. Baker; Robin Burns-McNeill; Judith I. Byrd; Yaz Hernández; Joan B. Hornig; George S. Kaufman; Beverly S. Mack; Chris Casson Madden; Robert Savage; and Celeste Weins, student trustee.