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SXT 100 Insider's Guide to Tracking Trends in NYC
This program examines what is cool today through questions such as: Where do trends come from? What embodies a cutting edge image and lifestyle? The art of discovering the new and fabulous at different price points is emphasized as you explore how the economy, political climate, and real estate affect trends. The course includes walks and talks to locations that depict new trends, and participants receive a comprehensive tracking guide plus a resource list of retailers, restaurants, nightlife, and salons for future investigation. Recommended for both professionals and the personal trend tracker.

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

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

SXT 125 How a Fashion Designer Works: From Creating Designs to Running a Business
Discover what a fashion designer really does from a bona fide working New York designer. Begin at FIT discovering the process of design, from inspiration to target customer. Learn 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.

Food 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 130 Designer and Dressmaker's Garment Center Resource Trip
Are you an established dressmaker or young designer in need of high caliber professional fabric and trim? Then this is the opportunity of your dreams. Get the inside scoop on the places used by experienced NYC-based designers for producing samples and even full collections. Discover Garment Center-based resources for sewing, trims, and specialty decorations such as beads, braids, feathers and flowers. Tour businesses that feature breathtaking fabrication at wholesale prices and learn the how-tos of using jobbers correctly. Program includes specialty resources for silk, a staple for all top design houses, and sources to get prints made domestically.
To maximize your experience e-mail kat@kathlinargiro.com (prior to first day of class) our industry vet instructor with your specific needs prior to attending class so that everyone's goals for the day will be met! Program starts with an overview at FIT and proceeds up 7th Avenue on foot.

Program begins with an overview at FIT and proceeds up Seventh Avenue on foot. No same-day registration.

Instructor: Kathlin Argiro, fashion designer, couture and bridge late day into evening and special occasion apparel.

SXT 300 Williamsburg: The New Style Frontier Again

Experience why Williamsburg is back as a "go-to" place with fresh new businesses and a whole new vibe. Browse through emerging and established retail brands doing business in innovative ways, including all things vintage and much more. Williamsburg's "high-meets-low" cultual mashup echoes throughout its boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Whether it's on a rooftop, in the streets, or at the waterfront, the Williamsburg experience inspires fashion and lifestyle trends of now and next.

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

Seminar leader: 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.

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

SXT 330 Bushwick: Brooklyn’s New Bet for Starting-Up or Starting Over
Looking for a ground floor opportunity like Williamsburg used to be to launch your own cool business concept, art gallery or seek a hip but more affordable lifestyle? Bushwick, the newest on-the-rise, Brooklyn enclave offers everything from colorful shops to a growing art scene, great restaurants and neighborhood cafes. Our shopping and consumer behavior expert, a Bushwick resident, has curated the very best places to see this unique blend of industrial grit, old-time neighborhood, residential and commercial hot spots and arty charm, while examining the best of the area's plentiful street art on Troutman Street; emerging restaurant and cafe scene between the Morgan and Jefferson L Train stops; visiting local fashion designers; sampling local food and beverages and finishing the day at Union Pizza Works.

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

Instructor: Deborah Geiger, director of content, Envirosell; consumer shopping behavioralist.

SXT 500 Star-Quality Vintage Shopping
Whether your interest is personal or professional, find out how to acquire exciting clothes and accessories for unbelievable prices at the hottest, most reliable vintage and thrift shops in town. Program starts with the ins and outs of this bargain-hunting specialty, including where to go and how to shop for and evaluate goods. Part of both sessions is spent out in the field, strengthening your critical eye and discovery skills, and introducing you to prime shops. Stop at a coffee bar for a show-and-tell wrap-up. Highly recommended for stylists, designers, or shoppers with a passion for vintage fashion.

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

Seminar leader: Emma Sosa, professional stylist and owner EmmasVintageShop.com 

SXT 530 Paris in New York: Luxury Shopping
Take a discovery tour of top quality and luxe-resources on Madison Avenue and in the West Village, patronized by people in the know. One of the greatest things about New York is its unique and high end specialty stores, many with a strong European flair and well-curated merchandise selections. Discover unexpected places that you would find in Paris right here in New York that specialize in everything from buttons to high-end resale shops to elegant home furnishings. Highly recommended for personal stylists and shoppers or those with a passion for special pieces to complement their own wardrobes and lifestyle. In addition to two fun-filled afternoons of exploring and shopping, lunch is at neighborhood cafes. Tres bien!
Tour stops for lunch. 

SXT 552 The New York City Mens' Stores You Need to Visit and Why
Are you involved in dressing and/or advising men on image professionally? Discover the very best men's specialty retailers in New York City based on a mix of shopping criteria, including product, service, and price, with the help or our top international menswear expert. Class begins with a brief summary of what today's wardrobe essentials are for the male customer, based on lifestyle and career demands, and provides a quick trend report followed by a delightful walking tour. Visit men's specialty resources seeing what good product and service are and learning about taste and trends as you cultivate a resource list for clients or your own shopping needs.

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

Seminar leader: Luca Spano, director, IFG Fashion USA, menswear expert.

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.

Instructor: 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.

Instructor: 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.

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


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, Mario Batalli’s 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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