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NYC Fashion Fellows

A year-long fellowship program designed for rising stars in fashion management.

An initiative of the New York Economic Development Corporation and the 92Y, NYC Fashion Fellows is a year-long fellowship program designed for rising stars in fashion management. Fellows will receive executive-level mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, and continuing education and career advancement workshops with industry professionals and their peers to measurably accelerate their careers. 

As part of the Fashion.NYC.2020 initiative to support the long term growth of the City’s fashion industry, the program will help Fellows achieve the next stage of growth for their personal careers and their organizations and will strengthen the community of fashion professionals as a whole.

NYC Fashion Fellows will have the opportunity to attend relevant programming at 92Y, including the StyleCaster’s State of Style Summit and the Fashion Icons series with Fern Mallis. Throughout the fellowship, fellows will also participate in educational seminars and skill-building workshops as well as breakfasts with fashion industry CEOs.

NYC Fashion Fellows Class of 2015

The third class of NYC Fashion Fellows was announced on January 30th, 2015. Over the next year, the class of NYC Fashion Fellows will receive one-on-one mentorship from senior-level fashion industry leaders, and participate in executive seminars with prominent fashion CEOs, career advancement workshops, and networking and community-building events. 

Each Fellow will be paired with a mentor from a pool of senior-level executives from across the fashion spectrum. Mentors and fellows will meet at least four times throughout the program for one-on-one executive-level mentoring, providing Fellows with relevant industry insights, critical feedback, guidance on how to achieve specific goals, and exposure to the mentor’s network of contacts.

The NYC Fashion Fellows Class of 2015 includes:

  • Verneda Adele White, HUMAN INTONATION
  • Manyell Akinfe-Reed, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Rebecca Alperin, Calvin Klein Underwear
  • Nadia Boujarwah, Dia&Co
  • Caitlyn Brady, Coach
  • Nick D’Urbano, International Division of Victoria’s Secret
  • Loni Edwards, emPOWERED
  • Ali Greenfield, Diane von Furstenberg
  • Regina Gwynn, The Apparel Group
  • Sarah Kelly, Ralph Lauren
  • Anushri Mainthia, Diane von Furstenberg
  • Alison Mandelker-Burnett, Bloomingdale’s
  • Matthew Martin, Michael Kors
  • Nanki Marwah, Lou & Grey
  • Ibrahim Ndoye, Mimi Plange and SB&P Designs, LLC
  • Katia Protsenko, Launch Collective
  • Tessa Shevelew, Macy's
  • Juliana Simon, Ralph Lauren
  • Hugo Tapia, Juicy Couture International
  • Trang To, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Amy Tran, 3.1 Phillip Lim
  • Kate Unsworth, Kovert Designs
  • Shimul Varghese, Coach
  • Mike Wade, rag & bone
  • Erin Wilson, Macy's

NYC Fashion Fellows Advisory Committee

  • Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
  • Fern Mallis, Founder, Fern Mallis LLC
  • Andrew Rosen, CEO, Theory
  • Kevin Ryan, Chairman, Gilt Groupe
  • Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America

News & Updates

  • PRESS RELEASE

    NYCEDC and 92Y Announce Selection of Third Class of NYC Fashion Fellows

    NYCEDC and 92nd Street Y today announced the third class of NYC Fashion Fellows, a year-long fellowship program for emerging leaders and rising stars in New York City-based fashion management positions.
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    NYC Fashion Fellows Accepting Applications for 2014 Program

     |  NYCEDC
    Applications for the second annual NYC Fashion Fellows program are currently being accepted! An initiative of the NYCEDC and 92Y, the year-long fellowship program is designed for rising stars in fashion management. Fellows receive mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, along with continuing education and career advancement workshops with industry professionals, in order to measurably accelerate their careers.
  • BLOG ENTRY

    Announcing the NYC Fashion Fellows Inaugural Class

     |  NYCEDC
    Find out more about 20 rising stars in fashion management, who will receive year-long mentorship and career advancement opportunities.
  • PRESS RELEASE

    NYCEDC and 92Y Announce Participants of Inaugural Class of NYC Fashion Fellows

    NYCEDC and 92nd Street Y today announced the inaugural class of NYC Fashion Fellows, and the start of a year-long fellowship program for these rising stars in fashion management.
  • PRESS RELEASE

    NYCEDC and 92Y Launch NYC Fashion Fellows

    New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and 92nd Street Y today launched NYC Fashion Fellows, a year-long fellowship program designed for rising stars in fashion management.

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