Fashion Alumni Profiles & Press

 

The Fashion Program has an excellent record of post-graduate placement for students.
Fashion Program alumni are employed at companies that include:

Alice & Olivia, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor,, BCBG, Bergdof Goodman, Calvin Klein, Capelli New York, Carolina Amato, Chanel, Club Monaco, Coach, Donna Karan, Ferragamo, Gap, Inc., Giorgio Armani A/X, Haddad Brands, HSN, J Crew, JC Penney, J.Jill, Jones Apparel Group, Inc., Kate Spade, Lacoste, LDJ Productions, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, Maggy London, Michael Kors, MTV, Nine West, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Polo/ Ralph Lauren, PVH, Ross Stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tahari, Talbots, Target, TJX, The Children’s Place, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tumblr, Viva International Group, ZAR Apparel Groupand many more

See http://www.marist.edu/alumni/index.html for the many benefits available to all Marist Alumni.

 

Scott
I started off my career in the Summer of 2011 with my very first internship at Haddad Brands in the Nike Sales Department. During my time I was exposed to all aspects of the fashion industry and worked closely with great team members...
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I started off my career in the Summer of 2011 with my very first internship at Haddad in the Nike Sales Department. During my time I was exposed to all aspects of the fashion industry and worked closely with great team members. Perhaps one of the most important things I took away from this internship was learning about that fact that sales was not for me. Though I enjoyed my time and the people, it was not my ideal area of study. During my sophomore year at Marist, I took the Fundamentals of Buying course and realized a passion I had for buying. From there, I spent my next summer at Kenneth Cole Productions in the Buying department for Men’s Apparel and Accessories Department. Here, I assisted the buyers and planners with all of their day to day work and accompanied the buyers on market appointments. While here, I learned a basic understanding of the buying department, the job role of a buyer, and applied what I had learned in class to my internship experience. For my final internship, I interned at Barneys New York during my fall semester, senior year. At Barneys, I had enhanced and expanded duties compared to Kenneth Cole and learned more about the buyers and their role through my day to day work and market appointments. Barneys gave me a distinct inside look in the fashion industry, specifically in buying, and taught me more about the job role than I had learned in class. While the classroom is an excellent tool to learn about the industry, nothing can replace on site experience. Today, I am a Merchandising Assistant at TJX, the parent company of TJMaxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods, in the New York Buying Office. My day to day activities include entering and maintaining purchase orders, communicating with vendors regarding shipping and buys, running and calculating reports, meeting with buyers, and various ad-hoc projects. Each of my internships taught me something valuable about this industry, and helped me prepare for my current role today. My advice to all is to intern early in your college career so you can get an idea of what you would like to do post-college. Once you have found your niche, intern as much as possible and take away as much as you can. The classroom will teach you, and the internship will give you the opportunity to apply it.

Morgan Powers
I graduated from Marist in 2012 and a few days after my graduation, I started working as an assistant designer at Elie Tahari, who launched a capsule collection with Kohl's this past fall...
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I graduated from Marist in 2012 and a few days after my graduation, I started working as an assistant designer at Elie, who launched a capsule collection with Kohl's this past fall. I moved to New York City in January 2014, and I reside in the Financial District. I worked at Tahari for 2 years and started a new position in April as an assistant designer at Mara Hoffman. At Mara Hoffman, I work on everything from swimwear to bridal to children's clothing. Photo attached is of my parents and I at the Mara Hoffman show at Lincoln Center this past fashion week.

Madeline Bergeron
My name is Madeline and I graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business in 2012. After Marist I joined Jos. A Bank outside of Baltimore, MD in their merchandise manager training program where I worked in the sportshirt division of the company...
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My name is Madeline and I graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business in 2012. After Marist I joined Jos. A Bank outside of Baltimore, MD in their merchandise manager training program where I worked in the sportshirt division of the company. Following that role, I joined Anthropologie under the URBN Inc. group in Philadelphia, PA as a buying operations coordinator and worked during my time in that role within the intimates and blouses and skirts categories. As a buying operations coordinator, I acted as a cross functional liaison between a vendors, our own internal production teams, buying, planning and merchandising. It was my responsibility to manage all orders from their creation through delivery and ensure that the product was then activated on the website and seamlessly transported to stores in accordance to all of URBN’s vendor guidelines. After a year in this role, I was promoted to an assistant planner within the home décor and gift division of Anthropologie. As Anthropologie’s only assistant planner, I manage a number of special projects within the division and have assisted in the planning of buys, inventory, sales, and, profitability of all tabletop department classes including: glassware, table linens, gadgets, dinnerware, serveware, and flatware. One of my key responsibilities has included launching our new wedding registry assortment and services to a select number of Anthropologie stores as well as managing and generating reporting and analytics to measure the success of this new business venture. I chose Marist for a liberal arts education in a creative yet balanced professional degree. During my time at Marist, I completed four internships which helped me to stand out from other candidates following the completion of my degree and prepared me for working in a professional fashion environment. My experience as Creative Director of the Silver Needle Fashion Show gave me experience in management, cross functional communication, and real world creative problem solving which has been instrumental in every day of my career since then.

KSilko
I always thought the Fashion Industry was just a hobby until I attended Marist College and learned I could turn it into a career...
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I always thought the Fashion Industry was just a hobby until I attended Marist College and learned I could turn it into a career. Coming in as an undecided freshman, I learned about the Fashion Department and knew immediately it was for me. I majored in Fashion Merchandising and minored in Business and Journalism. Marist is the perfect blend, a suburban campus, but close enough to stay relevant on the pulse of New York City fashion. During my years at Marist I held product development internships at AMC Merchandising Corp and Oxford Industries. During my senior year I was a Young Menswear scholarship recipient and inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society for top ten percent of the class. Upon graduation I received the Fashion Merchandising Award. After Marist I accepted a position with Bed, Bath and Beyond as a Retail Planner in their Fine Tabletop and Giftware department. Three years later it was time to move to the city and I accepted a position as a Location Planner for the off-price retailer Ross Stores. Working first in tabletop and then in women’s ready-to-wear offered many different experiences, but I still didn’t feel I had landed the perfect position. I then made a move to the beauty industry and accepted a position as a demand planner for Coty, a cosmetics and fragrance company. I have been at Coty for four years now working my way to Sr. Demand Planner and now Demand Planning Manager in the fragrance category. I find the beauty industry incredibly innovative and exciting. As such I decided to pursue higher education, currently working toward a Masters of Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). I am a member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and a Certified Professional Forecaster through the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning (IBF). Without the solid foundation built from Marist, I would not be able to accomplish all that I have, with more to come!

Stuart
I selected Marist over a college such as FIT because of the well-rounded education Marist offers. I was interested in fashion, but I was not 100% sure that it would remain my chosen career path...
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What made you chose Marist College’s fashion program?

I selected Marist over a college such as FIT because of the well-rounded education Marist offers. I was interested in fashion, but I was not 100% sure that it would remain my chosen career path. Marist’s fashion program allows you to take a variety of classes giving you endless possibilities. You are in the driver’s seat and are never stuck in one major or career path.

What was the most beneficial part of the Marist Fashion program?

The most beneficial part of the fashion program at Marist would be the real life industry experience of the professors. They pass their advice and experiences on to you in every class. The connections they have in the industry are INVALUABLE and always available to you. It’s an amazing network to have.

What were your favorite classes at Marist?

One of my favorite fashion classes was History of Costume with Richard Kramer, as well as Textiles with Jodi Hartmann. I still remember things from those classes to this day. In addition, the Business classes gave great insight into the other side of the industry. I also enjoyed history classes, in particular “American History Since 1877” and “America Since 1945”. I highly recommend both.

When you were at Marist, did you participate in any of their wide variety of fashion internships?

Yes, I interned the spring of my junior year in the wholesale sales division at Just Cavalli Donna, a licensee of Roberto Cavalli. My intern manager was also a Marist graduate (there’s that Marist network again!). It really opened my eyes to the day in and day out happenings in the industry as well as commuting into New York City.

How did you pick the facet of the fashion industry you wanted to pursue?

My internship enabled me to choose the path I wanted to take in the industry due to the first hand experience I received. I worked directly with my boss who was an account executive as well as the entire sales team. I assisted with market prep; I sat in on market appointments with specialty boutiques as well as major US department stores; helped merchandise and set up the showroom for market, and various other tasks they needed me assist with.

What exactly is an account executive in your own words?

An account executive also know as a “sales manager “or “account manager” is someone who works on the wholesale sales side of a brand, selling a product to a buyer/buying team. They also negotiate financial agreements seasonally, track and react to sales continuously, present the product in market appointments, advise on the buy and manage the overall business with the buying team.

How did you land your first job? What was it?

Through the extensive Marist network! Lydia , the internship and placement coordinator in the fashion department, was given a lead by another Marist graduate on an assistant account executive position at a handbag company. I applied for the position and had two interviews after which I was made an offer and started in July 2006. This company had its own brand of handbags as well as licenses for contemporary brands. My position required a lot of cold calling to specialty boutiques to create new accounts, as well as maintain and grow the business with existing stores. I also attended accessory trade shows at the Javits Center in New York City, as well as Las Vegas. During the course of my first year I was able to grow the specialty store aspect of the company’s business by double digits and was promoted to an account executive. I was also given more responsibility that included a major department store in Canada.

How did your career progress after your first job?

After almost two years in handbags, I moved onto a belt company who was a licensee for trendy contemporary brands. I was there for about a year working with major US department stores based in NYC and the Southwest for their million dollar private label programs as well as foreign distributors. This was in 2008 when the economy tanked and unfortunately I was laid off. As difficult and disappointing an experience as it was, it made me stronger and more driven so was a valuable lesson learned.
After being out of work for about 9 months, I fortunately landed an account executive position at a cold weather accessory company that held the license for a well known shearling boot brand as well as an extensive private label businesses in various popular retail chains. I worked with major department stores as well as big private label accounts. I also spearheaded the initiative to develop technology products such as touch screen capable gloves, wired earmuffs and wired knit hats. This is now a new separate department in that company and a big category for them so I am proud to have been a part of that. I remained at this company for three years until I was given an opportunity at Stuart Weitzman.
I started with Stuart Weitzman as a junior account executive, (I took a step back in title as this was a larger company then I had ever been with) and assisted the director of sales with two major US department stores. I visited every single door of those major’s (traveling 3 days a week, every week for months at a time) where I would host product knowledge seminars as well as gather valuable feedback from associates on the floor. I gained important insight on our business from the ground floor and would relay that information to the buying team to help with future buys as well as effect business needs in the present. Each visit and seminar always resulted in an increase in incremental sales. Through these store visits, I forged firm relationships with the managers and associates gaining their trust and resulting in a strong partnership to our brand. After a year and a half, I was promoted to an account executive. Currently, I manage one of the major US OMNI department stores I had previously assisted on, as well as a Canadian major department store and about 30 specialty boutiques in the southwest region of the US. I just hit my three-year mark with Stuart Weitzman and my career here continues to grow as the brand grows. This is an exciting time to be part of this company.

How did you know when it was time to transition jobs?

When you invest time in your career and a company you will get to the point where you ask yourself, “am I growing here in my overall role, experience level and salary?” You should always be learning, growing and acquiring skills in whatever position you have. If you get to a point when you feel you are not progressing in those important main points, it’s time to move on.
When you resign, be gracious and thankful no matter what the circumstances. ALWAYS take the high road. Remember, you do not want to burn a bridge and it is a normal part of life to feel the need to grow and move on. Any good manager knows that and will wish you well. Thank your managers for the time they invested in you and if the circumstances permit, stay in touch when you are gone.

What is your advice for potential freshman?

Right now, you are in such a great position because you have so much opportunity at your fingertips. Its OK if you do not know on the first day of classes what you want to do. That’s perfectly normal. Marist gives you all the tools you need to choose the right career for you. Just know that you have chosen the right place and people to help guide you towards your individual path of success. You will have an amazing college experience with the gorgeous backdrop of the Hudson River Valley. You will meet new friends from many different places and backgrounds that will be with you for a lifetime--I am still close with my friends from Marist to this day. So enjoy! You are about to start one of the best rides of your life!

What is your advice for current Marist students and graduating seniors?

My advice would be to have a thick skin not just in this industry but for the “real world” overall. It is inevitable that there will be bumps along the way with a few reality checks throughout your career. Growing pains are normal and will just make you better and stronger as well as help you grow. Always remain driven. You will be starting at the bottom when you leave college and that’s OK. It is important to work hard in whatever position you hold. Before you graduate, take every excel class or seminar you can. Excel will be your best friend and a tool you use all day, everyday. The best advice I ever received was “numbers don’t lie, people do”. In buying and sales, it is important to have a strong financial voice. Presenting data in excel helps you make your case.

ChrisT
Chris graduated in 2011 with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minors in Business Administration, Music and Theater studies...
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Chris graduated in 2011 with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minors in Business Administration, Music and Theater studies. Throughout his time at Marist, and with the Fashion Program's guidance, Chris landed various internships within the fields of visual merchandising, public relations, and marketing. He studied abroad in London while working alongside Paul Smith and his in-house public relations team, and co-directed the 25th Annual Silver Needle Fashion Show during his senior year. One of the most valuable skills Chris garnered during his time with The Fashion Program was the ability to market and "brand" himself. The Fashion Program emphasized the importance of identifying personal strengths and how to use them to his advantage during his job search. Just two weeks after graduation, Chris received an offer at Grey Global Group, where he worked as an Account Executive for 2.5 years developing and managing advertising campaigns for some of today's largest beauty brands. Currently, Chris is a Program Manager at Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, where he oversees the development and execution of internal and external brand strategies, positioning, and the creation of visual+verbal identities for multiple Fortune 500 companies. In his spare time, Chris continues to pursue his passion for performance in various theater groups across New Jersey and New York. To give back to Marist and the Fashion Program, and to reinforce the importance of "self-branding," Chris developed an interactive lecture titled Personal Brand Management, which he presented to two Fashion 101 courses in November. Chris looks forward to coming back to campus soon to encourage more students to begin thinking about their personal passions and career aspirations.

Catherine
In September of 2006 I started my career in fashion at DFS in a 12 month Management Training Program. DFS stands for Duty Free Stores, it isone of the worlds leading travel retailers, part of the LVMH luxury brand conglomerate focused on offering luxury brands to the traveling consumer...
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I graduated from Marist in 2006. In September of 2006 I started my career in fashion at DFS in a 12 month Management Training Program. DFS stands for Duty Free Stores, it isone of the worlds leading travel retailers, part of the LVMH luxury brand conglomerate focused on offering luxury brands to the traveling consumer. At the time, the DFS buying office was located in San Francisco, I moved to from the east coast to California for the job. After a year in the Management Training Program I knew that I wanted move into buying and became an Assistant Buyer working with brands like Burberry, Armani, traveling to London and Milan for buying trips. During my time in San Francisco I held various roles in buying. In 2010 I was offered a position in Hong Kong, the buying office was relocated there in order to be closer to the customer base and I was a part of starting up the fashion merchant team there. This move allowed me to grow my career in fashion and travel extensively in Asia and Europe. Travel is something that has been important to me since I was part of the study abroad program at Marist. I lived in Hong Kong working for DFS until 2013. At the time of my departure I was the Merchandise Manager for Women's Contemporary Brands. My team and I were responsible for buying brands such as Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Kate Spade and LeSportsac for DFS boutiques around the world. In that role I was able to launch new brands, open new stores and grow existing businesses. I left DFS and Hong Kong in order to return to the US and be closer to my family and friends. In the summer of 2013 I joined Kate Spade and Company as Buyer for Direct to Consumer stores, the role that I in currently.

Amanda
I am currently a Global Sourcing Coordinator at ANN INC., specifically for Ann Taylor Sportswear Pants + Denim. I began working for ANN INC. in high school as a sales associate for LOFT and immediately fell in love with the company...
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I am currently a Global Sourcing Coordinator at ANN INC., specifically for Ann Sportswear Pants + Denim. I began working for ANN INC. in high school as a sales associate for LOFT and immediately fell in love with the company. Further, I always dreamed of working in Product Development as I felt that I had a connection to the life cycle of merchandise from fabric to saleable product. I have been with ANN INC for 2 years and couldn’t be happier. To give the best idea of what I do in my position - I am the middle man between the design team and the merchandising team. I work very closely with the fabric team/vendors/mill’s/factories to develop and test all fabrics along with negotiating fabric costs for bulk orders. I also am responsible for passing all sketches and design tech packs from the design team in development to our factories in Hong Kong, Turkey, and India for sample development along with ensuring that they come in time for our corporate design presentation where merchandising builds the line that is to appear in stores. Once we are into the production stage I work with merchandising to place all fabric commit orders (by yards) to our mill’s along with all specific unit orders which will be allocation to Retail/Internet/Canada. Lastly, I attend all production fittings with our technical team and fit model to ensure that all styles are fit to meet our clients liking while keeping in trend with what our competing markets are doing.

Official Job Description:

Maintain Zymmetry system and create style numbers as well as departmental files within the Sourcing systems Responsible for communicating all PO requests and revisions with Far East Sourcing partners and third party vendors Work collaboratively with Merchandising and Merchandise Planning to gain alignment on information needed regarding POs Communicate status of color and fabric/yarn research and development, and assist with bulk fabric commitments Assist with the creation and maintenance of certain seasonal re-cap charts, lab dip charts, and other ad hoc requests Prepare and assist with pre-classification process and attend weekly fit meetings to maintain fit status report

Dana
Post-graduation in 2005, I began my career at Haddad Brands as an Account Associate working in the Sales Department. I reported to 2 Senior Account Executives and learned the day to day functions involved in managing a wholesale business with key retail partners for the brands we held the license to which at that time were Levi’s, Nike, Dockers, Harley Davidson, and Dickies for Kids Apparel...
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Post-graduation in 2005, I began my career at Haddad Brands as an Account Associate working in the Sales Department. I reported to 2 Senior Account Executives and learned the day to day functions involved in managing a wholesale business with key retail partners for the brands we held the license to which at that time were Levi’s, Nike, Dockers, Harley Davidson, and Dickies for Kids Apparel. Two years later in 2007 I was promoted to an Account Executive and assumed responsibility for better department stores with a focus on the Nike Brand, at this time I took the foundation I learned as an Account Associate and independently executed these functions on the accounts I was managing. In 2009 I was promoted to a Senior Account Executive position and at this point I moved over to work and focus on the Levi’s Brand. I assumed responsibility for three of our largest volume driving accounts during that time frame and strategically managed all functions of the business with each retailer in merchandising, sales, financial planning, and marketing execution. This prepared me cross-functionally within the organization to move into my next role as VP of Sales for the Levi’s Brand in 2011. In my new role, I assumed responsibility for a division of the Levi’s Brand and managed a team of Account Executives / Account Associates on driving a sub-set of the total business. In 2012, as a VP I assumed responsibility for the entire Levi’s Sales Department for our USA business. In addition to the day to day management of our sales team, I took on additional responsibilities inclusive of merchandising collaboration with design and our licensor, buying management and procurement of product with sourcing, demand forecasting improvement with financial planners, and partnership with marketing on the execution of seasonal strategies on floor, on –line, and digitally. During the last 2 years spent as a VP I became prepared for my most recent role which I was promoted to in 2014 and that is SVP of the Levi’s Brand for All Markets (USA and Global). In this new role, I will take my cross-functional experience in working with licensing, design, sourcing, planning, logistics, and marketing to apply best practices around the world for optimal sales growth with each team and territory.

 

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