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Shawn Grain Carter was quoted in the Sunday, August 31, 2014 edition of the New York Times Business section.  Professor Grain Carter commented on the use of Tyvek, by designers today, in shoes, handbags, and other accessories.  Read "No Canvas, No Leather: A Reboot for the Sneaker".


Merch Society Exec Board

This year, at the annual FITSA recognition dinner, the MERCHANDISING SOCIETY was honored as the FIT student club of the year.  The MERCHANDISING SOCIETY is the oldest student club on campus (founded in 1961) and is also the largest.  In addition, the club's president, Marvin Sanford was recognized as the president of the year. Pictured above is the Executive Board.


Four FIT students participated in the World Retail Congress Competition held in Paris from October 7th- 9th.  The students:  Alexis Katsafanas (FMM), Jaime Duncan (FMM), Eleanor Arye (AMC) and Wen Jenny Zhao (TDM) presented their idea to take the retailer STORY and expand it to Paris and other cities around the world.  Theirs was the winning presentation!  Congratulations!  The team was accompanied by FMM Chair, Robin Sackin.

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Students receive the award from WRC in Paris on October 9, 2013.


In the FMM 225 Fashion Merchandising course, students go to the market on an actual buying trip.  They experience what it is like to visit a showroom and view a line of merchandise for the upcoming season.  The students pick what they think is the correct merchandise for thie stores.  After the visit, the students plan, distribute the goods to the stores and merchandise the fixtures in each store.  This hands-on experience really shows students buying/planning and merchandising. Below are photos of Professor Catherine Geib's class visiting ECO Swim.

students in FMM

FM students looking at line

                                            FMM Alumni Association participates
         in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer WalkFriends, family, co-workers join in!

On Sunday, October 20th, members of the FMM Alumni Association joined family and friends to raise over $1300 by walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organized by the American Cancer Society.
The association thanks all who participated or donated to make this walk a success!

Senior FMM Fashion Merchandise Management Student Team

Wins $6000 Prize from White House Black Market 

This Spring, White House Black Market, a Division of Chico's FAS sponsored The Capstone Course FM422 Merchandise Strategies. Each student team in the course had to create a new, innovative, financially relevant merchandise strategy for The White House Black Market retailer. Approximately 65 teams participated. In March, the WHBM Executive Board visited FIT from Ft. Meyers Florida and spoke to 275 students in the capstone class on The Mission and Vision of the WHBM  Brand. This important meeting gave the students real working insight to the company and its specific target customer.

Every team had the opportunity to create a strategy and present it to the class . The best strategies were submitted to Chico's for final judging, The winning team (shown in the photo below) created a new strategy to better create and promote their highly penetrated pant program. Donna Noce president of WHBM loved the strategy so much that she is adapting parts into the pant program and she hired Kelsi Clark to help implement it. Great work Fashion Merchandising students!

FM422 winning team
FMM422 Winning Team: Kelsi Clark, Caitlin Jascewsky, Michelle Talarico, Bianca Tirelli, Andrew Orner and Deanna Shea (not shown).

WHBM management team
FMM422 Winning Team with White House Black Market executive team and Professor Catherine Geib.


The certificate is intended to develop the skills and abilities of professionals who are currently employed in mid-tier positions in retail management or who possess a baccalaureate degree in a discipline unrelated to Fashion Merchandising Management.

FIT's certificate program in Retail Management, developed in partnership with the National Retail Federation (NRF), addresses general analytical and problem solving abilities as well as industry requirements and essential specifications to manage retail operations both here and abroad. In addition, a mastery of foundational skills in Microsoft Excel, retail merchandising, and management skills will be provided. 

The program includes five courses to complete over three semesters.  Two certification exams are also offered: MS Office Excel (Level 1) and the NRF’s National Professional Certification in Retail Management.

Read more or apply for the certificate program....


Ten FIT students (many FMM majors) experienced a very positive annual COLLEGIATE DECA ICDC Conference and Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah from April 21 to April 25, 2012!! We are proud of all of them for taking the time and effort (and stress that goes along with it) to compete in the annual COLLEGIATE DECA ICDC (International Career Development Conference). During this event, they must subject themselves to a 100 question exam on Fashion Merchandising & Marketing and then a case study that must be prepared in just 30 minutes, followed by a stressful role play, and all in front of industry judges!! But they all did it!! Johanna Brozinsky (Fabric Styling / FMM AAS) placed as a silver-medal winner in the first round role-play in the FMM event, earning a spot in the next round of case studies / role-plays. Kelsey Ives (FMM / BS) was awarded a medal for “Best Role-Play” in round-one, and won a plaque and gold-medal as the THIRD-place international winner in FMM!!! Awesome work!! They both brought pride and recognition to FIT!!



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