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Event:The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology and The School of Liberal Arts Dean's Forum Hosted by the Baker Scholars: What it Means to Be Sustainable
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6pm in the John E. Reeves Great Hall
Willa Tsokanis Co-Founder esa New York, also a TDM alum, 
Daniel L. Benkendorf, Ph.D Associate Professor of Psychology, FIT, 
Devin James Gilmartin, President and Creative Director Querencia Studio, and
Ngozi Okaro from Custom Collective. She's the director of a non-profit geared towards sustainability via economic growth by way of employing and training underprivileged women to join the fashion industry.

Event:The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum Featuring
The Business of Gender Neutral Fashion 
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Cat Schuller, moderator
Ia Faraoni: Founder and Designer for Ia’s Threads    
Derrick Grant:  Founder and Designer of Next Level World
Khrystana Kazakova: ANTM Star/Gender Advocate
Frankie Sharp: LGBTQ Personality and Event Producer
Joshua Williamsexperienced creative director, consultant, educator and personality    
Lianza Zavo, Accessories Designer
Free tickets are being distributed to FIT students, faculty and staff.

Event:The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum Featuring
World Trade Day, Town Hall Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:30pm, John E. Reeves Great Hall

 Event: Spring 2019 Talking Trade                                   

 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheater (D112)  
 or online at fitnyc.webex.com/meet/itm

Moderator: Sonja Chapman, Associate Professor, Dept. of ITM, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business &Technology, FIT

 FIT Panelists:

Mr. Joseph Bongiorni, Executive Assistant/Communication Lead to Regional Senior Vice President, Saks Fifth Avenue, ITM’2014
Ms. Maria Cecilia Celis Hermida, Compliance, Product Integrity and Footwear Assistant, Assistant of the Director of Product  Integrity and Raw Materials and Manager of Footwear Production, John Varvatos Enterprises, ITM'2018
Mr. Richard Lowe, Owner/Global Creative Director, Richard Lowe Fashion Group
Ms. Bitu Cao Minh, Director of Social Responsibility, J. Crew, ITM’2006
Ms. Marianna Fundator, Vice President of Licensing, Jonathan Adler, ITM'2001

 ITM Alumni with varying experience will discuss their strategies for finding that first position, opportunities, challenges, and the trajectories  of their careerpaths.

Event:  Designing for International Trade
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m, FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheater (D112) 
or online at fitnyc.webex.com/meet/itm

In partnership with GEODIS (geodis.com)   


Moderator & Arranger: Mr. Robert Chin Quee, Senior Vice President, GEODIS


Ms. Bitu Cao Minh, Director of Social Responsibility, J. Crew and ITM’2006
Ms. Pamela Gorman, Customs Administrator, Burberry, ITM’2017
Ms. Erin Williamson, Senior Trade Compliance Analyst, GEODIS

While designing is an aesthetic, functional, economic, social or political creation of the artist to ultimately appeal her/himself or the  ultimate consumer, as wemove forward, other factors are increasingly weighing heavily on a product's design. Join us for a dialogue on  the different aspects about designing for international trade.

 Free event. No prior registration required. Bring picture ID for entry.

All events will be available for attendance in person or online at fitnyc.edu/ITM


Baker School of Business and Technology Students Win the National Retail Federation (NRF) Student Challenge
on January 13, 2019

Learn more information on the Newsroom.


 Event: The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum,
featuring the Business of Modest Wear
Wednesday, October 10 at 6pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Modest wear has gained in popularity with Christian, Jewish and Muslim women thirsty for

stylish clothes that satisfy their religious preferences and for women with a preference for wearing less skin-revealing clothes.

The audience will hear from modest wear industry professionals Lisa Vogl, Director of Verona’s Collection which is sold on Macy’s.com and through her store in Orlando, FL., Nailah Lymus, CEO of Underwraps, the first Muslim/Modest female modeling agency, Veronica Marrinan, one of the partners in Litany, a modest wear company targeting Catholic women, and Sumiyyah Rasheed, CEO, SWH Apparel, a domestic manufacturer of plus size women’s active wear and lingerie. The panel will be moderated by the renowned plus size advocate, Catherine Schuller, CEO/Executive Director of Runway the Real Way. 

The panel will address and dispel myths and stereotypes commonly attributed to modest wear consumers, such as the misconception that equates modesty with drab or lack luster apparel and style. “Just because a woman dresses modestly doesn’t mean she’s lacking in fashion sensibility, said Ms. Rasheed. Furthermore, we want to encourage the future designers to explore a career in the lucrative modest wear industry and, armed with their technical and creative expertise, they can lead the effort in the fashion industry to bring fashionable styles and change to the market place.”

There will be a Q&A session after the panel discussion.

This program is part of FIT’s Civility Week, which seeks to engage the community in a
discussion of respectful ways of living and learning. Learn more at fitnyc.edu/civilityweek

To watch the Dean's Forum again, click on below link.


News: FIT Awarded Accreditation of Its Business Programs

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology has been awarded accreditation of its business programs by the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of  Commissioners of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

FIT Awarded Accreditation of Its Business Programs (FIT Newsroom)

Event: The Business of Curves: Fashion's Future

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Dean's Forum, in collaboration with Technical Design
Wednesday, November 15, 6pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall

Watch the Archived Live Stream

The Dean's Forum 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.

News: Dean Frumkin interviewed by Salon

Under Armour is betting high-tech “Made in U.S.A.” apparel manufacturing will revive its growth

News: FIT Wins World Retail Congress Competition a Third Time

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

FIT’s winning team: Meghan McCarty (FBM), Eleonara Mazzetti (FBM), Alaina McGuihan (CFM) and Yuen wing Tai (AMC)

April 2016For 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."

News: FIT Wins World Retail Congress Competition for 2nd Consecutive Year

World Retail Congress winners

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

October 01, 2014. 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."

News: FIT Wins World Retail Congress Competition

Four FIT students participated in the World Retail Congress Competition held in Paris from October 7-9, 2013. 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. The team was accompanied by FMM Chair, Robin Sackin.

World Retail Congress winners

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