Luxury & Fashion Branding Strategies for a Digital Marketplace Certificate

Learn how to create a successful global brand

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Tuition: $1,200*

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Whether you are launching a new business and brand, changing your product mix and marketing strategy, or wish to optimize your current fashion or luxury business, your brand should be at the center of your strategy and be its business driver. This is possible since it’s your only asset which cannot be copied without your permission and, with its power of consumer engagement, can give your business a distinct identity and a competitive advantage. Therefore your brand should be your initial and your on-going management focus.

This certificate will show you how to do so. We’ll look at successful and unsuccessful creative and operational brand management practices. Should your distribution be only local, the course looks at how global factors nonetheless impact your brand strategy and how digital platforms can provide a broader and necessary market outreach.

This course will show you how to create every part of a successful brand, how to apply brand power in the business world, what works, what doesn't, and why.


  • High-speed internet connection
  • Standard laptop or desktop with latest browser & streaming video
  • Video & speaker capabilities

*If you think you are eligible for the 10% Alumni Discount, please complete the Alumni Verification Form prior to registration in order to receive your discount code.

Note: This certificate was previously titled Brand Management: Creating & Managing A Benchmark Fashion Brand and Brand Management Strategies.

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Learn How To

  • Create brand name/identity, manage it, and measure if it's working
  • Trademark and register branded products, messages, and brand assets
  • Brand supply chains and increase business efficiencies and ROI’s
  • Build brand value and assess its impact on financial performance and valuation
  • Brand Customer Relationship Mgt and increase customer loyalty
  • Brand retail initiatives to meet today’s fashion brands’ challenges

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Why FIT?

  • Program developed and taught by professional brand experts
  • Earn a certificate from FIT/SUNY, a world renowned college of art and design, business and technology

Meet Your Instructors

William D'Arienzo

William D'Arienzo
Lead Instructor, FIT's Continuing & Professional Studies; Chief Brand Strategy Officer and CEO, WDA Brand Marketing; and Author, Brand Management Strategies: Luxury to Mass Market

Bill D'Arienzo is the founder of WDA Brand Strategies and is the creator/lead instructor of FIT's Brand Management Certificate program. He has written widely on sustainability and brand strategy issues in fashion and beyond and is currently a strategic brand advisor for Actionnate; a web-based initiative that aligns people and their values with brands and their promises, and nonprofits and their purposes, all on a common vetting platform. It promises to be a revolutionary breakthrough in that it offers a central repository, a standardized language and meaningful metrics for assessing sustainability initiatives in the global marketplace. He also serves as Associate Strategic Advisor for US Markets for Ambrosetti, the # 1 think tank in Italy and the leading European premium and luxury brand advisory. His textbook on brand management strategies has been adopted by instructors in courses at 12 U.S. universities.

Robin Drake

Robin Drake
Brand and experience design solutions expert; Adjunct Professor, Exhibition and Experience Design, Graduate Studies at FIT

Robin Drake is a partner in a leading NYC brand identity design firm and an adjunct professor in FIT's graduate program in Design Exhibition & Experience; he also teaches retail branding strategies in the Brand Management Certificate program at FIT. Robin has been featured in the NY Times design section as well as in Interiors Magazine, calling upon his broad experience and expertise in how branding and interior design intersect.

Scott Kerr

Scott Kerr
President, Silvertone Consulting; Host of "The Luxury Item" podcast; and brand strategy executive

Scott Kerr is founder and president of brand strategy firm Silvertone Consulting. Scott is a seasoned global brand marketer and strategist who has held senior positions at some of the top ad agencies, media companies, and consumer brands. He is also the host of "The Luxury Item", a podcast on the business of luxury.


Module I: Creating a Brand That Makes a Difference in Your Business

  • How to Create a Brand Name, Image and Brand Stories + Icons, Logos & Taglines
  • A Brand’s Lifecycle: How/Why Luxury Does it Better than Premium & Fast Fashion
  • How Knowing a Brand’s Value is Useful for Pricing, Licensing, Loans & Loyalty

Module II: Protecting Your Brands: Why Trademarks Aren’t Enough

  • Different Business Strategies for Protecting Your Brand & Avoiding Legal Fees
  • Trademark Infringement and Brand Counterfeiting: Should You Sue or Not?
  • (20) US, China, & European Trademark Cases: How & Where Trademark Rules Differ

Module III: How and Why to Brand Supply Systems, Corporations, & Circularity

  • How to Write & Tell a Brand Story for Supply Systems & The Circular Economy
  • Branding the Corporation: Why & When to Change Your Corporate Brand Name
  • Giving Back: How Your B-Corp, Charities, and Fashion Foundations Help Your Brand

Module IV: Branding Strategies for Reinventing and Reinvigorating Retail

  • The Brand Experience and Generating Customer Traffic
  • Branding the Store, Location, Private Brands, Displays, and Service
  • Site Location, Apps, and Geo Fencing: Marketing the Store Experience

Module V: How To Get Customers to Love Your Brand

  • Find Out How Successful Brands Are Putting Customers first
  • Learn How Great Leaders are Re-imaging the Customer Experience
  • See Why “People First” Strategies in Customer Service Drive Repeat Business

Module VI: How Strong Brands Increase Business Value

  • Learn How Brands Are Valued by the Marketplace
  • Learn The Myriad Financial Benefits of a Strong Brand
  • Learn How to Build Brand Equity & Why it Matters

Module VII: Capstone: Develop and Write Your Operational Brand Marketing Plan

  • Apply Prior Modules… Create a plan for your own business, one that you’re thinking of starting, a division you work in, or a brand you’d like to re-position, re-vitalize, or re-purpose… Any type of business, business sector, or vertical can be used. We provide the advice and necessary forms.

Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

FIT's CCPS offers credit and noncredit certificates and courses in fashion, business, design, technology, and marketing, to help you enter into or advance your career in the fashion and related industries. With short programs and flexible schedules, you can learn at a time and pace you can manage and afford.