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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 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

NYC Fashion Fellows Class of 2013 

  • Sarah Adelson, CEO and President, Sally LaPointe
  • Jon Alagem, CEO and Founder, Trendabl
  • Jessica Begley, Manager of College Relations, Bloomingdale’s
  • Yvonne Botchey, Founder and Chief Principal, YYB Luxury Brand Consulting
  • Annie Chen, Senior Manager, Global Merchandising for Handbags, Coach
  • Jenel Chesley, Director of Operations, Tucker by Gaby Basora
  • Hillary France, Vice President of Sales, Merchandising, Operations & Marketing, Kimberly Ovitz
  • Melissa Hall, Founder, The Emerging Designer
  • Alison Jonas, Strategy Associate, LF Beauty
  • Tracy Kennard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Lauren Moffatt
  • Alice Kim, Asia Pacific Retail and Wholesale Director, Diane von Furstenberg
  • Priyanka Sen Kundu, Product Development Manager - Handbag, Coach
  • Amy Levin, Founder and Creative Director, College Fashionista
  • Leah Macdonald, Senior Manager, E-Commerce, Alice + Olivia
  • Kate Nadolny, Account Manager, Men’s Sportswear, Furnishings and Kid’s, Lacoste Wholesale
  • Stacey Nathan, Manager Japan Merchandising, Tiffany & Co.
  • Guilford Robinson, Vice President of Finance and Operations, PVH Corp. - Retail Management Division
  • Kapil Sehgal, Associate Planner, Ralph Lauren
  • Vivian Weng, Senior Associate, Corporate Finance Practice, McKinsey & Co.
  • Travis Wright, Global Buying Manager, Warnaco/Calvin Klein Jeans

NYC Fashion Fellows Mentors 2013

Each fellow will be paired with a mentor from a pool of top executives from across the fashion world.

  • Gaby Basora, Founder and CEO, Tucker by Gaby Basora
  • Jeff Blee, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Brooks Brothers
  • Konrad Duchek, Founder and CEO, The Chief Trunk Company
  • Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council
  • Lynne Hiriak, Founder and CEO, Cardigan
  • Jarret Kerman, Commercial Director of the America’s – Wholesale, Brooks Brothers
  • Ella Kim, Consultant, Coach
  • Ed Mandelbaum, President, Designers and Agents
  • Joy Marcus, Venture Partner, DFJ Gotham
  • Uri Minkoff, Founder and CEO, Rebecca Minkoff
  • Shira Carmi, Founding Partner, Launch Collective
  • Daniel Schultz, Co-Founder and Managing Director, DFJ Gotham
  • Michele Sodi, CEO, Versace USA
  • Marty Staff, President and Founder, Marty Staff Associates LLC.
  • Yolanda Wardowski, Managing Director, Avalon Group LTD
  • Gary Wassner, Co-CEO, Principal, Hildun Corporation
  • Bennett Winick, EVP Wholesale, Versace USA
  • Rony Zeidan, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, RO New York

News & Updates

  • BLOG ENTRY

    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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