News and Events
FIT PARTICIPATES AND WINS
WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS COMPETITION
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.
Students receive the award from WRC in Paris on October 9, 2013.
FMM 225 STUDENTS VISIT MARKET
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.
FMM Alumni Association participates
in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk! Friends, 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
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!
FMM422 Winning Team: Kelsi Clark, Caitlin Jascewsky, Michelle Talarico, Bianca Tirelli, Andrew Orner and Deanna Shea (not shown).
FMM422 Winning Team with White House Black Market executive team and Professor Catherine Geib.
EARN A CERTIFICATE IN RETAIL 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....
COLLEGIATE DECA COMPETES IN ANNUAL COMPETITION
FMM STUDENT FINALIST IN STYLIST COMPETITION
FMM student, Alexis Katsafanas, was chosen as one of 8 finalists out of more than 100 students from FIT and LIM who entered a competition sponsored by Lord & Taylor. The event- YOU'VE GOT THE LOOK- required the contestants to submit a look based on one of the Spring Trends identified: Global View, Power Pastels or Bright Side. Alexis and the other 7 finalists dressed models in outfits picked from the L&T store; instructed hair and make-up; and walked the runway along side their models to the judges' table. The judges for the event were Suze Yalof Schwartz (Fashion Editor at Large), Carmen Marc Valvo, Paula Correri (L&T Fashion Director) and Corinne Brohme (L&T Creative Director). While Alexis did not win the Grand Prize, she was grateful for the experience to be able to do something that she's passionate about!
FMM STUDENTS ATTEND USWIB CONFERENCE
Three students from the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA) attended the first annual Undergraduate Stern Women In Business conference held at NYU on Friday, February, 24, 2012. The conference provided a platform for female undergraduate students along the Northeast to connect with each other and with successful female executives in business. Alyssa Rinck, Rachel Rapkin and Newresa Joseph represented NRFSA and FIT at the conference. Read more about their experience.
FIT BRAG Club students were invited to visit the Columbus, Ohio facilities of Limited Brands April 27th to April 28th. This was the first trip of this kind since the FIT BRAG Club began in 2001. Read more and enjoy photos of the trip!
GUEST SPEAKERS VISIT FM 423 CLASSES - FASHION PLANNING AND ALLOCATION
On Thursday, April 15th, Ali Castiglione stopped by to visit the capstone course for students interested in careers in Buying and Planning. Ali graduated in December, 2008, and was hired by Tommy Hilfiger while completing her senior internship there in merchandising. She is currently an Assistant Merchandiser in Girls.
On Thursday, April 29, Melissa Boone visited this class. Melissa is currently a consultant for Columbus Consulting International. Most recently she helped Carter's, located in Shelton, CT, implement JDA Allocation. This is the software students learn to navigate in FM 423. Prior to Columbus Consulting, Melissa worked at Charming Shoppes, Lane Bryant Division, in Allocation and Replenishment using and training for JSA Allocation and E3.
Ali talked about what she is currently doing at Tommy and noted how much of what she learned in the Planning and Allocation course she uses in her daily work life. Melissa shared her industry experiences with the class and also noted how fruitful LinkedIn has been for her.