Look-Back at Fashion Campus NYC
By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Steven Strauss, Kristy Sundjaja, & Victor Wong
Center for Economic Transformation
On July 15th to 16th, Parsons The New School for Design and NYCEDC teamed up to host the first Fashion Campus NYC, a free, weekend-long career building and networking event designed to help students interning in New York City learn more about business careers in the City’s fashion industry. The highly-anticipated event drew nearly 200 attendees from more than 90 universities and 150 companies, as well as coverage from Elle and StyleCaster.
Highlights of Fashion Campus NYC included a panel discussion with young fashion business professionals, career services breakout sessions, and a networking brunch with fashion industry representatives from more than 25 leading New York-based companies, including Aéropostale, Calvin Klein, Gilt Groupe, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s.
The event culminated with a conversation with designer Derek Lam, who offered tips on how both business and design factor into building a modern fashion empire. Feedback from Fashion Campus NYC has been overwhelmingly positive; participants found the event to be “amazing” and “truly a wonderful experience.” An attendee blogged her biggest takeaways from the event with fellow fashion interns. Visit the Fashion Campus NYC website for videos and more information about next year’s event, coming soon.
During the Fashion Campus NYC weekend, NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky also announced that NYCEDC will be rejoining with Parsons to develop and implement Fashion Draft NYC, which will take place this fall. Through Fashion Draft NYC, NYCEDC will gather a select group of students from around the world to network and interview with top fashion executives for full-time, management-track positions with participating New York-based companies. To receive updates about Fashion Draft NYC, “like” the Fashion Draft NYC Facebook page at facebook.com/fashiondraftnyc.
Fashion Campus NYC and Fashion Draft NYC are two of the six initiatives resulting from Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 program to sustain and grow the fashion industry in New York City. Learn more at www.nycedc.com/fashion.