International Manufacturing & Product Development

Latest International Manufacturing & Product Development News

  • Apr

    Former Fashion Club President and FIDM Grad Chigo Ikeme Lands Paid Internship at NastyGal and Gets Accepted Into IMPD Program


    Former Fashion Club President, Chigoziri Ikeme graduated last month from FIDM with her degree in Merchandise Product Development and just got accepted into the prestigious one-year IMPD program. She credits her Brand Portfolio class with Ms. Hahn for helping her land her paid internship at Nasty Gal Inc. in fabric research and development.

    Tell us a little about yourself: I'm a recent MPD grad and a recently accepted IMPD student who has a slight obsession with textiles and thrift shopping. I've been involved in the fashion industry since I was 16 and I'm happy to have discovered my passion for fabrics and product development while at FIDM

    When did you find out that you got accepted into IMPD? It was on the evening of March 4th, I opened up my acceptance letter and immediately tears of joy streamed down my face and I was screaming with excitement. I'm extremely grateful to FIDM and the IMPD selection committee for choosing me to part of this prestigious program. I know that this venture will be a great stepping stone towards pursuing my dream career. The program begins this summer and I can't wait to find out which brand we'll be collaborating with.

    What do you hope to learn in IMPD? I hope to learn more about all the different aspects that go into creating garments especially in the area of fabric sourcing and development. I also hope to make valuable connections with my colleagues and the industry partners we work with.

    Tell us about your paid internship at Nasty Gal: I saw the internship opportunity posted on Nasty Gal's website and I knew I needed to apply. The next day after submitting my application, I had a mock interview for my Brand Portfolio class and my teacher, Ms. Hahn, brought in a Nasty Gal recruiter as the interviewer. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. The recruiter was very impressed with me and my portfolio and that same week I had a formal interview at their headquarters and a week later I was hired as their Fabric R&D intern.

    What are your responsibilities? As the fabric intern I assist the fabric team with putting together fabric spec sheets, souring fabrics, and creating fabric boards for the design team. I just started but already I've learned that fabric plays an important role in Nasty Gal's designs and they strive to create high quality on trend garments.

    Any advice for someone who is just starting at FIDM? Network, network, network! As a student, this word is engrained in our heads because it's so important. Don't just network with fellow students but also with your teachers. My teachers helped a lot in telling me about various job opportunities that I wouldn't have known about otherwise and they're flowing with knowledge that will help you in your life and career. 

    What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal right now is to be the best fabric intern Nasty Gal ever had and also to learn all that I can from the IMPD program in order to ensure that I have the career I want when I graduate.

    Anything else you’d like to share? As a recent FIDM grad I can say that I learned the most from the classes that challenged me the most. I used to dread my textile classes and now I'm in love with the fabric industry. Always have an open mind and don't be afraid to take risks. 


    Categories: Alumni, IMPD, Interview, Internships, Merchandise Product Development

  • Apr

    IMPD Student Karoline Korpor Wins Hank Pola Scholarship

    Members of L.A.'s fashion community celebrated FIDM International Manufacturing & Product Development Student Karoline Korpor (pictured with Ilse Metchek), who recently received the Hank Pola Scholarship. Named in honor of the longtime textile executive and … Read More

  • Mar

    This IMPD Grad Landed a Paid Internship at GUESS? Find Out How.

    Recent International Manufacturing & Product Development Graduate Kimberly Poquiz has accepted a paid internship at GUESS? We recently chatted with the new alumna to learn more. How did the GUESS internship come about? I first saw the posting for the inte … Read More

  • Mar

    Sportswear International Features Candiani + FIDM Denim Design Challenge

    The Italian denim company Candiani teamed up with FIDM's Advanced Study program students in International Manufacturing & Product Development to challenge them to "think about what 'premium' means to the consumer and research back tot he times when the quali … Read More

  • Mar

    Students Partner with Candiani to Create Premium Denim Line

      Last night, graduating students (pictured above) from FIDM's coveted Advanced Study program in International Manufacturing & Product Development presented their thesis project, a premium denim line. Each year, students in the program work with a different … Read More

  • Dec

    IMPD Graduate Bringing Superhero Shirts With Detachable Capes to Kids (Interview)

    Name: Lindsay Newhouse Company: Little Capers FIDM Major: IMPD Grad Year: 2001 What led you to your involvement with Little Capers? A friend of mine approached me about partnering with her in a company she bought four years ago. She hadn't done anyt … Read More

  • May

    Jewelry Designer and FIDM Grad Renata Ortega Visits Premiere Product Development Group

    Renata Ortega, FIDM International Manufacturing & Product Development Grad (IMPD) and current student in the Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree program, visited the Los Angeles campus today as a guest speaker for the Premiere Product Developm … Read More

  • May

    Recent IMPD Alumna Is Assistant Designer at Sovereign Code

    International Manufacturing & Product Development Alumna Brodie Silver, who graduated from FIDM in March, is the Assistant Designer at Sovereign Code, a men's and kids line based in Los Angeles and sold at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Zappos, among others. … Read More

  • May

    Student Spotlight: Ariel Sweetland (IMPD)

    Name: Ariel Sweetland Majors: Apparel Industry Management Grad, Newly Accepted International Manufacturing & Product Development Student Congratulations on being accepted into the IMPD Program. What are you looking forward to while being in this program … Read More

  • Mar

    FIDM IMPD Students Partner with 5.11 for 2014 Thesis Exhibition

    Last week, FIDM hosted the International Manufacturing and Product Developement Class of 2014 Thesis Exhibition. Working with company 5.11, ten IMPD Students were chosen to design clothing for the tactical female consumer. Congratulations to the 2014 IMPD Gr … Read More