2014 NYC Fashion Career Week
By Andrea Kramar, Fellow, Industry Transformation Team at the Center for Economic Transformation
Explore. Learn. Prepare. Connect.
Such was the mantra guiding New York City fashion enthusiasts at the first-ever NYC Fashion Career Week. From July 17th - 21st, over 350 individuals packed the halls of Parsons The New School for Design and fashion companies across the city to explore fashion-related career paths.
NYC Fashion Career Week, organized by NYCEDC and Parsons The New School for Design, offered something for everyone, whether their interests lay in marketing and social media or factory management and operations. The week's events brought together people of all ages and from all parts of New York City (and the country!) for a variety of career-related events that included fashion company tours, meet-and-greets with fashion HR representatives, career prep workshops, industry seminars, panels, and networking events.
On Thursday, July 17th, Simon Collins, the Parsons Dean of Fashion, kicked off the week in a conversation with Tracy Reese, esteemed fashion designer and stylist to Michelle Obama. During the conversation, Reese advised attendees to stay current and aware of trends in the fashion industry, to explore internships at different types of companies, and to be prepared for long hours ahead.
On Friday, participants went on “behind-the-seams” tours of top fashion design, technology, media, and retail companies, including Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Amazon Fashion, and Milk Studios. The tours offered intimate conversations with company representatives and the chance to explore the physical environments of the companies. The experiential day ended with a meet-and-greet career fair where representatives from companies like Net-a-Porter and Michael Kors were included.
On Saturday and Sunday, participants attended workshops that covered the fundamentals of fashion marketing and PR, merchandising and product development, retail management, sales, and production. They were also given expert guidance on how to craft eye-catching cover letters and resumes.
To close out the jam-packed five days, participants returned to Parsons for one final opportunity to network. The career exploration momentum continued into Monday, July 21 with a packed day of panels that covered fashion entrepreneurship, social media and technology, fashion manufacturing, and job search tips from human resources professionals.
Glasgow Caledonian University also presented a special panel on social and environmental sustainability in fashion, featuring a speaker from the United Nations International Labor Organization.
Thanks to all who participated and supported NYC Fashion Career Week! The week was a testament to NYC's vibrant fashion economy and a great opportunity to educate New Yorkers about the fashion industry while connecting them to potential job opportunities.
Learn more about Fashion Career Week and our fashion programs here.