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SXT 100 Insider's Guide to Tracking Trends in NYC
This program examines what is cool today through questions such as: Where do trends come from? What embodies a cutting edge image and lifestyle? The art of discovering the new and fabulous at different price points is emphasized as you explore how the economy, political climate, and real estate affect trends. The course includes walks and talks to locations that depict new trends, and participants receive a comprehensive tracking guide plus a resource list of retailers, restaurants, nightlife, and salons for future investigation. Recommended for both professionals and the personal trend tracker.

Lunch and subway costs not included in course fee. No same-day registration.

Seminar leader: Troy Witter, visual merchandiser, designer, and contributing writer to BetterLivingThroughDesign.com

SXT 125 Fashion Design Up Front and Personal: From Creating Designs to Running a Business
You've seen it on TV, now experience firsthand what it's really like to be a fashion designer, creating, producing, and running a business. Taught by a fashion entrepreneur/NYC designer, the journey begins in the classroom with an overview of the fashion designer's process from inspiration to target customer. Learn about the disciplined planning that turns creative ideas into actual garments. Find out how fabrics and trim are sourced, how sketches turn into patterns, and how multiple sizes are planned and executed. Then participate in a guided tour of local resources used by top designers. This exclusive insider peek behind the scenes includes key industry fabric suppliers, trim resources, and little-known stores that are treasure troves of inspiration for designers from around the world, all located in NYC's Garment District. The final stop is the design studio/showroom of the designer/instructor where you discuss the ins and outs of getting product to market, including selling, PR, and networking, all part of the everyday of a successful entrepreneurial designer.

Instructor: Kathlin Argiro, fashion designer, couture and bridge late day into evening and special occasion apparel

SXT 130 Designer and Dressmaker's Garment Center Resource Guide
Are you an established dressmaker or young designer in need of high caliber professional fabric and trim? Then this is the opportunity of your dreams. Get the inside scoop on the places used by experienced NYC-based designers for producing samples and even full collections. Discover Garment Center-based resources for sewing, trims, and specialty decorations such as beads, braids, feathers and flowers. Tour businesses that feature breathtaking fabrication at wholesale prices and learn the how-tos of using jobbers correctly. Program includes specialty resources for silk, a staple for all top design houses, and sources to get prints made domestically.
To maximize your experience e-mail kat@kathlinargiro.com (no later than July 7) our industry vet instructor with your specific needs prior to attending class so that everyone's goals for the day will be met! Program starts with an overview at FIT and proceeds up 7th Avenue on foot.

Instructor: Kathlin Argiro, fashion designer, couture and bridge late day into evening and special occasion apparel

SXT 310 DUMBO: Brooklyn's Latest Hipster Haven
If you haven't been to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) or aren't going regularly, you are missing one of the most important trend hot spots for art, furnishings, food, and culture. Nestled between two bridges and flanked by the illustrious Brooklyn Navy Yard, this re-emerging Brooklyn neighborhood has become a critical destination for fashion professionals and exudes a culture and atmosphere all its own. Program introduces you to boutiques, beauty spots, art galleries, lifestyle brand stores, and sources for great food, all in an architectural setting with fabulous views of the Eastside skyline.

After a brief introduction at FIT, attendees travel by subway to DUMBO. Food and subway cost not included in course fee. No same-day registration.

Seminar leader: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR

SXT 320 Trend Spot Alert: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Professional or personal - this Brooklyn neighborhood is the place to experience now. Greenpoint offers a unique enclave of modern fashion, culture, indy music, and easy laid-back living; co-mingled with traces of "old world" Polish roots. See cutting-edge boutiques, bars, restaurants nestled on tree-lined streets bordering the East River waterfront. You'll find the reasonable prices for hip fun clothing, accessories, and home goods and the scene, free of ubiquitous chain stores, refreshing. Learn about local design support and hear neighborly greetings, Dzien Dobrg as you indulge yourself in a visit to the iconic Peter Pan Donut and Pastry shop.  After a brief introduction at FIT, attendees travel by subway.

Food and subway cost not included in course fee. No same day registration.

Workshop leader: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR

SXT 500 Star-Quality Vintage Shopping
Whether your interest is personal or professional, find out how to acquire exciting clothes and accessories for unbelievable prices at the hottest, most reliable vintage and thrift shops in town. Program starts with the ins and outs of this bargain-hunting specialty, including where to go and how to shop for and evaluate goods. Part of both sessions is spent out in the field, strengthening your critical eye and discovery skills, and introducing you to prime shops. Stop at a coffee bar for a show-and-tell wrap-up.

Class limited to 16. Highly recommended for stylists, designers, or shoppers with a passion for vintage fashion. Food and subway costs not included in course fee. No same-day registration.

Seminar leader: Emma Sosa, professional stylist and owner of www.emmasVintageShop.com

SXT 510 The Out of Towner's On-line Guide to Vintage Shopping
Do you have a passion and longing for vintage but getting to NYC is difficult? With a little FIT guidance you can take advantage of your local vintage and re-sale shops, flea markets and on-line resources with confidence. Program begins with a quick historical guide to enable you to date and identify the age of apparel and accessory items, and recognize designer and label names from bygone eras. Find out how to negotiate on price. Get an introduction to Internet shopping from vintage e-tailers and resources. Participate electronically in examining clothes, accessories and collectibles. Shop a local store of your choice with your new found information and report back on your experiences in on-line discussions. Program requires use of a digital camera.

Instructor: Emma Sosa, professional stylist and owner of EmmasVintageShop.com

SXT 530 Paris in New York: Luxury Shopping
Take a discovery tour of top quality and luxe-resources on Madison Avenue and in the West Village, patronized by people in the know. One of the greatest things about New York is itís unique and high end specialty stores, many with a strong European flair and well-curated merchandise selections. Discover unexpected places that you would find in Paris right here in New York that specialize in everything from buttons to high-end resale shops to elegant home furnishings.  Highly recommended for personal stylists and shoppers or those with a passion for special pieces to complement their own wardrobes and lifestyle.  In addition to two fun-filled afternoons of exploring and shopping, lunch is at neighborhood cafes. Tres bien!
Tour stops for lunch. Lunch and subway costs not included in course fee.  No same-day registration.

Instructor: Luciene Salomone, fashion expert and ShopHQ guest host. Personal shopper and stylist, former director of Special Services, Bergdorf Goodman.

SXT 600 The Lower East Side: Mecca for Fashion
Did you know the Lower East Side actually pioneered discounted shopping? The pushcarts may be gone but the bargains are better than ever. Let a professional stylist take you through LES, a burgeoning fashion mecca offering everything from tony tailoring to glamour and glitz and home fashion finds. In addition to visiting the very best emporiums for true buys, including vintage, you get to see the businesses of cutting-edge designers who are the vanguards of cool innovation and discover sources for hip trends.

Tour includes lunch at the landmark Katz's Delicatessen (site of the famous deli scene in When Harry Met Sally). Lunch and subway costs not included in course fee. No same-day registration.

Seminar leader: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR

SXT 800 Shop, Cook, and Eat: The Best of New York
Channel your creativity into yummy yet simple cooking to improve your lifestyle and wow friends and family. Learn to shop the Big Apple's markets as you sample fabulous cheeses, artisanal breads, farm fresh veggies, and irresistible desserts. Discover ethnic neighborhoods for spicing up your meals. Start by having a real food expert answer all your questions from purchasing cookware to food sources to prep. Tour several city markets and ethnic purveyors as you learn about quality, price, and seasonal variety. Go from the Chelsea Market to Union Square to areas like Bleeker Street and Chinatown, meeting growers, vendors, and chefs. Pick up professional tips and goodies. Program culminates with a fun and informative lunch in Chinatown. Both kitchen novices and the more experienced cook are welcome.

Lunch approximately $15, and subway cost not included in course fee. No same-day registration. Bringing an insulated shopping bag is highly recommended.

Instructor: Michael Cokkinos, associate professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications; culinary arts instructor, food writer, and former executive chef

SXT 806 Foodie's Paradise: Astoria
Join Astoria native and chef Michael Cokkinos on a tasting tour of one of NYC's most vibrant food paradises: from Greek and Italian to Mexican and Indian. Visit local ethnic specialty stores, fresh fishmongers, quality butchers, old school bakers, and bustling produce markets. Sample artisan cheeses, olives, and other mouthwatering delicacies, while learning how to shop and prepare a meal around the freshest ingredients. Culminate the experience with a hands-on demonstration and sampling of some Greek signature dishes and a tasting of small production wines at a local boutique wine store.

Attendees should expect a modest food consumption expense, and subway cost not included in course fee. No same-day registration. Bringing an insulated shopping bag is highly recommended.

Instructor: Michael Cokkinos, associate professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications; culinary arts instructor, food writer, and former executive chef

SXT 808 Shop, Cook and Eat: The New Hell's Kitchen
If you like the heat then come to the kitchen for a good and fun-filled day. New York Cityís historic Hellís Kitchen is filled with ethnic restaurants, bakeries, and exotic old-school holdouts offering many tasty hard-to-find treats.  Sample the world of authentic ethnic cuisines from every major continent - Hellís Kitchen has it all and at great prices.  Then visit gourmet groceries filled with open bins of fragrant spices and fresh roasted coffees and finish with a tour of New Yorkís newest dining and food shopping destination; the open kitchens of Gotham West Market.  
Attendees should expect a modest food consumption expense, not included in course fees. 
No same day registrations.  Bringing an insulated shopping bag is highly recommended.

Instructor: Michael Cokkinos, associate professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications; culinary arts instructor, food writer, and former executive chef

SXT 810 Fashion Market Update for Great Sustainable Finds
Isn't it about time you incorporate Eco-friendly products into your wardrobe and lifestyle, or lines and inventory? Banish images of "tree hugger" style and visit green stores featuring great fashion including clothing, accessories, high quality organic cosmetics, and skin care items. Learn which designers are organic and sustainable using recycled fabrics and employing fair trade practices. Gain valuable information about products and fabrics that are better for every one's health and the environment. Discover how to go green by investing in vintage collectibles and see first-hand just how well designed and fashion-forward sustainable products are today in this enlightening tour of eco-friendly fashion sotres and ethical home shops.

After an introduction at FIT, group travels by subway and foot. Food and subway cost not included in course fee. No same day registration.

Instructor: Emma Sosa, professional stylist

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