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Dean Frumkin interviewed by Salon: Under Armour is betting high-tech “Made in U.S.A.” apparel manufacturing will revive its growth
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Spring 2017 Talking Trade Series @ FIT


New York Fashion and Beauty Entrepreneurs' International Business
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:30pm - 2pm
FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre -or- online at
An impressive panel of entrepreneurs and business executives will discuss how their businesses started and expanded internationally.

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Carolyn Maloney, Representative, 12" District, New York (Pre-Taped)
Introduction by: Dean Frumkin, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology
Moderator: Prof. Virginia Bonofiglio, Chair, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing department

Prof. Joanne DeMartini, Vice President, Jump Design Group
Mr. Josh Gordon, Founder & CEO, Noyah Cosmetics
Ms. Olga Vidisheva, Founder & CEO,
Ms. Karolina Zmarlak, Designer, Karolina Zmarlak

Free event. Requires registration. Bring picture id for entry.

International Trade Post Election
Thursday, May 4, 2017
6:30pm - 8pm
FIT's Robert Lagary Board Room, Marvin Feldman Center, 9th floor or online at
Moderator:  Ms. Erin Williamson, Trade Compliance Analyst, Geodis USA and ITM Advisory Board Member


Ms. Julie K. Hughes, President, Unite
dStatesFashion Industry of America
Ms. Pamela Church, ESQ. Baker & McKenzie LLP, and ITM advisory board member
Ms. Cynthia F. Whittenburg, Deputy Executive Commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Ms. Mary Jo Muoio, Senior Vice President, Geodis USA

A panel of experts will discuss the implications of the new executive branch's agenda on free trade agreements, duty savings from first sale, eco-friendly materials, and intellectual property protection.

Free event. Bring picture ID for entry.
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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