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By Meghana Gandhi, Senior Project Manager, Fashion/Retail Team
Twenty-five fantastic college seniors from 21 schools across the country had a uniquely unconventional and exciting Presidents’ Day weekend, which included meeting fashion industry leaders and interviewing for full-time jobs. (See more photos on NYCEDC's Tumblr!)
NYCEDC partnered with Parsons The New School for Design for Fashion Draft NYC, a first-of-its-kind talent recruitment program. Over 350 students applied for the opportunity to travel to NYC, all expenses paid, to interview for management-track positions at NYC-based fashion-companies.
The students arrived in NYC on Thursday and attended a welcome dinner that evening. On Friday morning, NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky and Parsons’ Executive Dean Joel Towers officially kicked off the program at Macy*s, where the students heard a keynote address from Chairman, President and CEO Terry Lundgren. Mr. Lundgren shared his life story with the students and also highlighted the ways in which he and his company continue to innovate. The students’ second stop was at the LF USA offices, where Paul Rosengard, President of LF USA’s Men’s Apparel Group, provided them with some valuable advice as they prepared to begin their careers in the fashion industry. After lunch at Parsons, the students toured the stunning Meatpacking District headquarters of designer Diane von Furstenberg.
On Friday evening, the students had a chance to meet representatives from some of the twelve participating companies: alice + olivia, ANN Inc., Armani Exchange, Bloomingdale’s, Club Monaco, Gilt, LF USA, Macy*s, Moda Operandi, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Theory. The students spent the day on Saturday interviewing with these companies.
We look forward to seeing many of these students back in NYC this summer, when they’ll hopefully begin work at one of these companies!
Fashion Draft NYC builds upon the success achieved by NYCEDC and Parsons during Fashion Campus NYC, a weekend intensive this past summer during which about 200 interns representing over 90 universities and 150 companies learned about careers on the business side of the industry. Fashion Draft NYC and Fashion Campus NYC are two of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020, an ongoing examination of the challenges facing the fashion industry to help the City build on its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital. Learn more at www.nycedc.com/fashion.