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  • Jun

    Sisters and Business Management Students Find Success With Their Footwear Brand

    Dallas-based sisters Roberta and Daniela Nuñez, who are both online Business Management Students at FIDM, are behind the shoe brands, David Isaac and David by David Isaac. They were recently profiled by NBC News Latino and a pair of their shoes have been featured on We talked with the soon-to-be-graduates about their life and careers:

    How did you discover FIDM and what made you want to attend?

    RN: I honestly think me discovering FIDM was meant to be. Everything happens for a reason and I really do believe that. I originally was accepted and was set to attend a fashion institute in London. I was super excited and happy with my decision, but I felt like I wasn't completely sure. I started researching other fashion schools in the U.S. and came upon FIDM. I didn't want to make a sudden decision because this was going to be something that would shape my next four years. I scheduled an appointment to go visit the campus in LA with my Dad and we both fell in love with it and felt as though FIDM was going to be the perfect fit.

    DN: I actually discovered FIDM through my younger sister Roberta. I am a year older and was already attending college in London, England majoring in Fashion Design. I was trying to convince her to move to London and she told me about this amazing place called Los Angeles. I went home for summer break, left all my things in London because I was planning on going back in the fall, but as soon as it was time to book my flight back to London I got homesick and decided to join my sister at FIDM. I sent in my application super last minute, flew back to London to pack up all my things and before I could blink I was in LA.

    How do you feel about receiving your B.S. degrees in the very near future?

    RN: Honestly, I could not be more excited. It has been a long tough four years and I am going to feel a weight off my shoulders when I turn in my last assignment. I have to say that it has been hard working full-time and doing school but it is definitely doable.

    DN: I am so excited. Its really crazy how time flies. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was walking into orientation at the “FIDM On the Park.” I had such a great experience at FIDM and made amazing long time friends.

    What are your ultimate career goals?

    RN: My ultimate career goals is to build not only our shoe company but any other company/brand to its highest potential. I want the world to recognize our brand and to wear our merchandise. I also would love to have a storefront and to give customers the shopping experience with our brands.

    DN: I want our company to grow grow grow. Our shoes have already been featured on, but my ultimate dream would be to one day be on the cover of Vogue with my sister Roberta.

    How did it feel to be featured on

    RN: Being featured inVogue was kind of a dream come true. I feel like this is the ultimate magazine and company to feature fashion and we made it. I can't wait to continue and to see where the next year takes us.

    DN: I think at first it didn’t really hit me and then I reread the email from our PR agency that said here’s your shoe on and I honestly yelled “shut up” like three times in shock. I was with my parents, siblings, and boyfriend when I opened the email. I was so excited and I felt like I had achieved a huge thing. The amount of support and love that I felt from family and friends after telling them was one of the best feelings--it was pure happiness.


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  • Mar

    An Interview With Celebrity Footwear Designer and FIDM Student Devlin Braswell

    FIDM Merchandise Product Development Student Devlin Braswell, who we told you about last month, is a successful custom sneaker designer with a celebrity following. He'll be a student guest speaker at FIDM San Francisco's Open House on Saturday, April 23, 201 … Read More

  • Feb

    Industrywatch: Kate Spade Founders Launch New Brand

    Frances Valentine, the new accessories brand started by Kate and Andy Spade (of Kate Spade New York fame) launches this month with shoes and handbags at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. The creative couple who met at Arizona State over 30 years ago sold the nam … Read More

  • May

    Footwear Designer and FIDM Grad Lindsay Fontenot Travels to China for 3Dee International Two Weeks Into the Job

    Lindsay Fontenot graduated in March with her Professional Designation Degree in Merchandise Product Development. Just two weeks into her new job as an Assistant Footwear Designer/Product Developer at 3Dee International, a footwear agency in Long Beach, she we … Read More

  • May

    FIDM Grad Kim Thomas Launches Footwear and Accessory Design Consulting Business in Los Angeles

    FIDM Footwear Design Grad Kim Thomas is the co-founder of Jen + Kim Shoes, a custom shoe company she started in 2007 with her business partner, Jen Bonopartis. Every pair is custom and made to measure here in California. Since we last caught up with Kim five … Read More

  • Jan

    From the FIDM Library: Textiles & Materials Quarterly

    Winter 2015 footwear trends are bold, sensuous, earthy, and fun. Pops of red abound, providing much needed contast to pale neutrals and greys. Shades used by the old masters such as deep reds, smoked rosin, coral orange, and gold moss accentuate a painterly … Read More

  • Jan

    5 Footwear Sketches Created by FIDM Students

      As Christian Louboutin would say, "A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk." For all of you shoe lovers, here are 5 incredible sketches created by FIDM Footwear Design students.   Interested in designing for a footwear brand, or launching your … Read More

  • Oct

    Meet WSA/FIDM Scholarship Winners Anthony Robert and Michael A. Davis II

    WSA@MAGIC and FIDM recently hosted the Footwear Design Scholarship Design Contest 2014. Entrants had to submit one footwear design sketch in the Junior/Contemporary and Evening/Fantasy categories for the Spring 2015 season. The two winners, recent FIDM Gradu … Read More

  • Oct

    Industrywatch: Converse Takes All Stars to Court

    Converse is taking Walmart, Kmart, Skechers and others to court to halt copying of their iconic Chuck Taylor All Stars. "Trademark infringement is difficult to prove in the fashion world," reports The New York Times. "The law does not allow companies to protec … Read More

  • Jun

    Trendwatch: Men's Sneakers Gain Fashion Cred

    It's official. Sneakers are socially appropriate footwear for men in suits (and other non-athletic wear), according to the fashion arbiters of the New York Times. In a roundup that includes interviews with fashion industry insiders who say that athletic shoes … Read More