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Navigating Your Career ITM Alumni Discuss the Primary Skill for Success - Adaptability
Thursday, 19 March 2020
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dubinsky 8th Floor Alcove or 
online at Link to watch forum LIVE (commences at 6:30pm)

Moderator & Arranger:

Prof. Sonja Chapman, Associate Professor, Department of International Trade & Marketing, Jay & Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, FIT

 Mr. Joseph Delaney, Product Development Manager, Caro Home
 Ms. Jamie Gonzalez, Account Manager Strategic Partnerships, The Children's Place
 Ms. Sufia Hossain, Founder and CEO Silly Chili Hot Sauce
 Ms. Julianna Klepacki, Digital Marketing Manager, NBC Universal Media, LLC
 Ms. Jessica Lenhart, Brand Partnerships Program Specialist, Apparel and Home Goods, Fair Trade USA
 Ms. Paris Taylor, Business Sales Manager, Coty

This year's alumni panel will focus on how professionals build their portfolio of skills. Some evolve within companies, some move on to related positions in new companies, and some to new industries entirely, but all share a common thread of adaptability.

Technology in International Trade
Thursday, 7 May 2020
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheater (D112)

online at Link to watch forum LIVE (commences at 6:30pm)

In Partnership with the New York District Export Council on the occasion of World Trade Week.

Moderator & Arranger:
Ms. Irina Kapetanakis, Vice President of Marketing, Suuchi Inc. and Founder and CEO, Obscür Intimates

 Mr. Mark Burstein, President, NGC Software
 Mr. Paul Magel, President, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing, Computer Generated Solutions and Blue Cherry
 Mr. Joshua Green, S&P Global (invited)
 Mr. Clayton Parker, Director of PLM, Gerber Technology (invited)

International technology experts will discuss various technology solutions used by brands and manufacturers today to help streamline and positively impact traditionally labor intensive work flows.

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

Sock It To Me: In Praise Of An Evergreen Holiday Gift

Dean Steven Frumkin speaks with Scott Simon of npr on December 7, 2019


Technical Design students big win at Gerber Ideation Conference!
“The winner, Alan Ramo, a recent graduate of Technical Design won for his coat with attachable dress that was laser cut with his design and the coat was completely biodegradable pineapple leather like fabric. He used technology and sustainable fabrics to win the competition.  Technical Design had 4 out of 5 FIT Technical  Design students as finalists from around the world. They all won free Accumark software and Winner won free 3D software.
The convention was held this in Fall 2019 in New York at Marriott Marquee.”

TC students win Gerber

Technical Design students and their models in outfits.
Left to right. John Bell, Nicole Pearson , Taylor Byron and Alan Ramo.



 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