New York—Want to make it in fashion in the big city? It doesn’t hurt to build your connections… and to start early.
Nearly 200 fashion interns from more than 90 universities and 150 companies descended on New York for the first Fashion Campus NYC, a weekend-long networking event that groom’s tomorrow’s fashion professionals.
The event was held last weekend, sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
It is part of NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s FashionNYC2020 initiative, which aims to sustain local industry by attracting the next generation of talent—both at the design level and the business side.
Students got to attend “Backstage Pass,” a panel discussion with industry professionals moderated by Simon Collins, the Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons. Panelists worked in product management, merchandising, marketing and buying. “A Tailored Approach” consisted of a series of career services breakout sessions organized in collaboration with LIM College. The event also had a networking brunch with leading fashion companies and a conversation with Derek Lam.
Fashion: a NYC Economic Engine
“The design industries—including fashion—represent one of the key economic engines of New York City,” said Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers, who was represented at the event by Dean Collins. “Parsons has played an important role over the last century in attracting and sustaining the top creative talent here in New York City, and we place a great value in this new partnership with NYCEDC to help the City continue to grow its economy in this area.”
The fashion industry employs 165,000 people (5.5% of the City’s workforce), and generates nearly $2 billion in tax revenue annually. New York City is also home to one of the world’s largest wholesale fashion markets, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year to trade shows, showrooms and stores. Fashion Campus NYC is one of six initiatives resulting from FashionNYC2020.
For more information, visit fashioncampusnyc.com