International Manufacturing & Product Development

Latest International Manufacturing & Product Development News

  • Jul

    FIDM IMPD Grad Danielle Thaxton Win Prestigious ISKO Award in Europe

    FIDM Alumna Danielle Thaxton just won the ISKO Award in Europe. She has a degree in Merchandise Product Development and graduated in 2016 with her International Manufacturing and Product Development degree.

    Tell us a little about yourself: I was born and raised in Aurora Colorado, but moved to Los Angeles to attend FIDM where I graduated with my first AA in Product Development and my second in IMPD. Through IMPD I found my passion for denim, and I am currently interning for Ralph Lauren in their Denim Department. I plan on staying in the denim industry because denim is such an amazing fabric with such unique characteristics and is a staple in the fashion industry and will never go out of style.

    Tell us about the ISKO Award you won: I designed a collection of five garments for the "Denim Icons" theme to enter  the competition. From there, ISKO chose one merchandised look that they wanted me to create and would go down a runway show in Venice Italy. I was also entered in the Swarovski Crystal challenge where I had to figure out a creative way to use their crystals on my merchandised look. Through the entire process the three students as well as myself got to work with companies such as Avery Dennison to design our own trims, as well as, we went to Dystar where we created our own washes for our looks. I was one of three students representing the United States in this international Denim Design competition. The award I ended up winning was for the best U.S.A. Designer and I will be featured in Vogue Italia.

    What do you think set you apart to win? I think what set me apart was I was able to draw the judges in through story telling. I created a concept that focused on the process of denim as it ages throughout the years and I carried this theme throughout everything I did, from my trims to even the reasoning behind my wash treatments.

    Where are you working now and what do you do? I am currently interning in NYC at Ralph Lauren in their Denim Development Department for their men's and women's Polo. During the internship we are also given a design competition that we will be presenting, so I am currently working on the concepts and the designs for the competition.

    Tell us about your Ralph Lauren internship. Where is it and what will you be doing there? The internship so far has been such an amazing experience getting to see hands on the entire creative as well as production process that a high end global brand such as Ralph Lauren goes through. I am living in NYC for the summer and I am in the Denim Development department where I have done everything from designing, to creating presentations, working with the fabric and wash team, constructing competitive analysis on branding, creating linesheets, etc.

    How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you are doing now? I think every class I took helped build the skills that I utilize at work on a day to day basis. I always find myself recalling terms that my coworkers say and I have learned at school. Even the organization skills as well as time management that FIDM drills in to us has prepared me for the fast pace environment I work in every day.

    How did you decide on your major at FIDM? I decided on Product Development because I wanted the design and creative hands on approach that the fashion design major has to offer, but I also wanted to know the production and business side of the industry as well. That is why I found that Product Development prepared me the best for being able to understand both sides of the fashion industry. I decided on IMPD because I wanted to be challenged and experience what it would be like to work one on one with a company. IMPD helped build on the skills I already learned from my previous AA but also helped me understand the fashion industry from an international stand point.

    What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal right now is to find a denim company to work for, for a full time position weather that be in Los Angeles, NYC, or even overseas. I want to experience all areas of the denim industry from wash to fabric to even production.

    Any advice for current FIDM students? My advice for current students is to no matter how small the assignment or task seems to be, don't just give it 100% give 120% and really push yourself. The more you think to this scale the more it will help you in the future and the more it will help build yours skills so you can go in to this very competitive industry and stand out through your skills and work ethic.

    Also a positive attitude is key! Whether you are having to organize the fabric closet or seam ripping patches, remember that everything you do is important to the company and if they see that you are approaching every situation with a positive attitude it will make the work place a lively environment to work in, not only for yourself but your coworkers as well.

    Anything else you’d like to share? Without the relationships I built through FIDM weather that be the teachers that helped guild me or the friends I made along the way that supported me and pushed me to be the best I could be, I wouldn’t be where I am at today.


    Categories: Awards, Alumni News, IMPD, Featured, Interview, Merchandise Product Development

  • Feb

    IMPD Students Take Unforgettable Study Trip to Hong Kong

    All 11 of FIDM's International Manufacturing & Product Development Students recently visited Hong Kong, along with FIDM Vice President of Education Barbara Bundy and Special Projects Chairperson Amanda Starling, for hands-on learning in a fast-paced, global … Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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 m … 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 intern … 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 qualit … 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 i … 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 anything … 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 Development … 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