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SXT 100 Insider's Guide to Tracking Trends in NYC
This program is important to anyone in fashion who is responsible for designing or merchandising the next hot thing. Get answers to questions such as: From where and whom do trends come? What embodies a cutting-edge image and lifestyle? Learn about the art and science of recognizing what is about to become new and fabulous at different price points as you explore how the economy, political climate, and real estate create trends. Included are walks and talks to locations that depict emerging trends, and participants receive a comprehensive tracking guide plus a resource list of retailers, restaurants, nightlife, and salons for future hunting. Recommended for both professionals and those who are interested in New York City-related cultural shifts.

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

Instructor: Troy Witter, visual merchandiser, Victoria's Secret.

SXT 125 Fashion Designer Fundamentals: From Creating Designs to Running a Business
Discover what a fashion designer really does from a bona fide, working New York designer. In the first session learn about the process of design, from inspiration to target customer. Hear 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. An overview of the ins and outs of getting product to market is discussed, including selling, PR, and networking. Next, tour local resources used by top designers, including 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.

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

Instructor: Kathlin Argiro, adjunct professor, Fashion Design; fashion designer, couture and bridge late day into evening and special occasion apparel.

SXT 135 The Menswear Manifesto for Dressing Right and Looking Good

This interactive program offers a guide to contemporary men's styling, suiting, fit, and trend analysis through discussion, lessons tailored from social media, and follow-up tours of the hottest menswear boutiques in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Aspiring stylists and image consultants gain a working knowledge of menswear, including what fashion-forward clothing is and when it is appropriate. Get information to help male clients or friends get direction on career dressing and improve appearance.

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

Instructor: Alex Joseph, managing editor, Hue, writer, journalist, and contributor, Fashion Theory, Vestoj, Fashion Studies Journal, with guests from the field. 

SXT 300 Williamsburg: Todays Go To Style Frontier

Experience why Williamsburg is the #1 spot with visitors to New York City in this two-day journey visiting businesses with a whole new vibe. Browse through emerging and established retail brands doing business in innovative ways, including all things vintage and much more. Fall in line with Williamsburg's "high-meets-low" cultural mashup that echoes throughout its boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Whether it's on a rooftop, in the streets, or at the waterfront, discover why the Williamsburg experience inspires fashion and lifestyle trends of now and next, making it a national pop culture influence.

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

Instructor: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR.

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 East Side 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
This Brooklyn neighborhood is the place to experience now. Greenpoint offers a unique enclave of modern fashion, culture, indie 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 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, such as, "Dzien Dobry" 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.

Seminar leader: Trina Morris, publicist, Style Root PR.

SXT 500 Star-Quality Vintage Shopping
Find out how to acquire unique vintage clothes and one-of-a-kind accessories at affordable prices in reliable vintage and resale shops in Chelsea. Program begins at FIT with a short discussion of the ins and outs of this bargain-hunting specialty, including how to evaluate period clothing and accessories. Part of each session is spent in the field searching for authentic pieces. students research a favorite period and a designer label and are welcome to bring in a vintage item for a show-and-tell wrap-up. A vintage shopping resource list is provided. Highly recommended for stylists, designers, or shoppers with a passion for vintage fashion.

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

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

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 the 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 artful-yet-simple cooking to improve your lifestyle and wow friends and family. Learn to shop the Big Apple 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. Food and subway cost not included in course fee. No same-day registration. Bringing an insulated shopping bag is highly recommended.

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

SXT 806 Experience New York City's 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. One food tasting and shopping trip to Astoria and you will go back again and again.

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.

Seminar leader: 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 City's historic Hells 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 - Hells 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 York's 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.

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

SXT 810 Living A Green Lifestyle: The Best Fashion Retailers for Sustainable Products

Let FIT introduce you to green stores and resources featuring great fashion, including the growing list of designers who have chosen to promote organic and sustainable materials and employ fair-trade practices. Examine retailers that feature clothing, accessories and see firsthand just how well-designed and fashion forward sustainable products have become. How to go green by investing in vintage collectibles is also explored. Information is important for personal lifestyle application or business direction.

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

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

SXT 812 Harlem’s New Hot Culinary Scene
Experience Harlem’s new top-of-the-game culinary scene touring with an acclaimed chef and celebrity caterer. Visit chef-driven restaurants, cafes, and shopping destinations offering a wide variety of cuisines that offer downtown chic and uptown prices. Sample Harlem’s culturally diverse food and discover why it has emerged as one of the city’s hottest dining scenes. Trip features Harlem’s Restaurant Row- Frederick Douglas Boulevard -and beyond and ends at Blujeen, Chef Lance’s hip eatery for a behind-the-scenes restaurant education. If you think Harlem means soul food and rib joints, this trip will be an eye-opener.

Attendees should expect a modest food consumption expense and subway cost not included in course fee. No same-day registration.

Seminar leader: Lance Knowling, master chef and owner, Blujeen.

SXT 815 Madison Square Park and Flatiron: Oasis for Food, Fashion and Architecture
Discover the Flatiron, America’s first neighborhood for fun and fashion going back 150 years and now blooming with high-end hotels, restaurants, clothing-stores, and food shops. Experience how everything old is new again as our expert on the history of garments, skyscrapers and the service sector takes you for a stroll down Broadway, up 5th Avenue and around Madison Square Park. Go back and forth in time experiencing today’s shops on the original Ladies Mile where garment factories and department stores once stood. Nosh at the Union Square green market, and check out the new high-end hotel in the old MetLife Building. Follow with a drink at Eleven Madison Park, one of the most stunning spots and top-rated restaurants in town with a menu celebrating New York’s culinary history. Then chat with the manager of the original Shake Shack. Tour ends with refreshments on the rooftop of Eataly, the gargantuan Italian emporium for food shopping and dining.

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

Instructor: Daniel Levinson Wilk, associate professor, Social Science; historian of waiters, elevators, and the modern service sector.

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