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The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum in collaboration with the Techincal Design department featuring

The Business of Curves: Fashion's Future Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

In case you missed the show, click on the below link to watch.

For free tickets, go to the Business and Technology Dean's Office, B423, located in the Business and Liberal Arts buidling.
Must show your FIT student id to get a ticket.

The Deans Forum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will present “The Business of Curves: Fashion’s Future,” featuring industry pioneers and visionaries Emme, Susan Moses, and Catherine Schuller. This groundbreaking event will highlight the extraordinary growth and expansion of the plus size fashion marketplace. The forum is designed to introduce and encourage Business and Technology students to think about the business of design with integrity and high style for all women, to eliminate the dearth of options still faced by this demographic, and to embrace the concept that curvy women are glamorous, fashion forward, and a highly lucrative untapped market. Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, will moderate the presentation and question and answer session.  “The Business of Curves: Fashion’s Future,” heavily supported by fashion and beauty brands, modeling agencies and retailers, will also feature a video presentation, fashion show and exhibit.  The Dean’s Forum takes place at 6:00 pm in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

About the Presenters

Emme, known as the first plus size supermodel, is a five-time author, former television show host and founder of Fashion Without Limits, a design initiative promoting the creation of size 12 and up designs. 

Celebrity stylist Susan Moses’ is the author of The Art of Dressing Curves, touted as the plus size fashion bible by InStyle magazine. Her talent has been showcased on red carpets from the Oscar’s to the Grammy’s, in print and television advertising and a host of magazines.

Catherine Schuller is a former model, image consultant, curator of Runway the Real Way, a monthly, diverse fashion event, and an instructor for FIT’s Petites and Plus Size Continuing Education Studies.

Special Guest Moderator

Fern Mallis is the award winning creator of New York Fashion Week. She has also been called an industry titan, doyenne and the Godmother of Fashion. As the creator and host of the premiere conversation’s series Fashion Icons w/Fern Mallis at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, Mallis has assembled and interviewed a stellar roster of fashion insiders.

Event funded by the Student Faculty Corporation

Dean Frumkin interviewed by Salon: Under Armour is betting high-tech “Made in U.S.A.” apparel manufacturing will revive its growth
Read the article on Salon's website

FIT Entrepreneurship Department Lecture Series
and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology hosts a panel discussion with:
Dave Weiner, Founder, Priority Bicycles, Gwen Whiting, Co-founder, The Laundress,
Billie Whitehouse, Founder, Wearable X and Sumeet Shah, Venture Capital respresentative on
Idea to Successful Business How did we do it? A talk with real life entrepreneurs.
November 9
, 2017 at 6:30pm, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre.
Registration Required: http://fitepls_ls2.eventbrite.com
For more information, contact William Reinisch, Chair of the Entrepreneurship Department, B445.

Fall 2017 Talking Trade Series @ FIT

The Active Pursuit of Shared Value through International Corporate Responsibility
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:30pm - 8pm
FIT's Katie Murphy Amphitheatre or online at fitnyc.edu/itm

Pellegrino Collaborative
Co-Arranger and Moderator:  Ms. Andrea Pellegrino, Managing Director, Pellegrino Collaborative
Panelists:  Ms. Linda McNair; Founding Principal, Thread Marketing & Creative
                  Ms. Beth Haddock, Founding Principal, Warburton Advisors

Presenters from the social impact sector will discuss how international corporations can maximize their positive impacts on the social and environmental systems in which they operate by designing cogent strategies that align with their core business. 

Free event. No prior registration required. Bring picture ID for entry.
For more information on these events visit fitnyc.edu/itm

Meghan McCarty, Eleonara Mazzetti, Alaina McGuihan, and Yuen wing Tai

April, 2016:
FIT’s winning team – Meghan McCarty (FBM), Eleonara Mazzetti (FBM), Alaina McGuihan (CFM) and Yuen wing Tai (AMC.)  For the third year won the Retail Challenge at the World Retail Congress in Dubai.

For the third time in four years, a team of four students in FIT's Jay and Patty Baker School of Business, representing the U.S.A, has won the Retail Future’s Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress.  The FIT team traveled to Dubai and topped teams from Portugal, Hong Kong, Italy and England with Fora., a retail concept that "revolutionizes the status quo of department stores."


World Retail Congress winners

The student team with their award (left to right): Victoria Kulesza; Paula Cushman; Alison Rebozo; and Cassandra Napoli

"For the second consecutive year, a team of four students in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, representing the United States, has won the Retail Futures Challenge, an international competition that takes place at the annual World Retail Congress. The FIT team, who traveled to Paris for the competition, bested teams from Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and Marche, Italy, on September 30, with their concept for the Samsung Life Store "The Smart Apartment."

Paula Cushman is a second-semester student in the one-year program in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She is from Locust Valley, NY. Victoria Kulesza is a fifth-semester Fashion Merchandising Management student from Morris Plains, NJ. Cassandra Napoli is a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries student from Glen Cove, NY. Alison Rebozo is a seventh-semester FMM major and comes from Hillside, NY.

For the 2014 competition, the student teams were challenged to develop a new retail concept for the Samsung Life Store. They had to consider the needs of the millennial consumer in order to understand how the "internet of things"—the connected home, the convergence of products, and changing lifestylesdictates the look, role, and delivery of a store selling Samsung appliances. Based on this, each team developed a retail store concept that included a basis for their concept, an explanation of the shoppers journey, a business model, and an earnings forecast. Samsung worked closely with the competing teams to advise and mentor the development of their ideas.

Each teams preliminary work had been submitted prior to the competition. Then, the retail concepts were displayed at the World Retail Congress, with teams on hand to discuss their concepts with executives. Finally, the teams made formal presentations to a panel of judges and an audience of retail executives.

The panel of senior retailers, design experts, editors, and Samsung executives included Ian McGarrigle, founder and chairman, World Retail Congress; Gerald Reitmayr, head of retail Europe, Samsung; Robert Thiemann, founder and editor in chief, Frame; Alexander Salzer, COO, Liganova The Brand Retail Company; Bernie Brookes, CEO and MD, Myer Holdings Limited; and Nora Fehlbaum, co-CEO, Vitra. 

"It really says a lot about the students and FIT that we have won this major competition for the second consecutive year," said Robin Sackin, chair, Fashion Merchandising Management, and advisor for the FIT team. "The students gave an exceptional presentation. They worked extremely hard and made all of us at FIT so proud.""


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.

World Retail Congress winners

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

In April, Dean Steven Frumkin attended the 19th International Fashion Forum of the 2013 Shanghai International Cultural Fashion Festival
Greater Donghua Fashion Week.

photo of Steven Frumkin and page from festival program