Menswear

Learn to create a collection for the menswear market

Menswear Design Major

Our program focuses on the lifestyle approach to building a menswear collection, including complementary accessories.

Learn the hands-on, technical skills as well as the creative, marketing, and business acumen necessary to succeed in this specialized, evolving market.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Create a cohesive menswear collection.
  • Market and merchandise a line to compete in the menswear market.
  • Analyze the properties of textiles for strategic selection.
  • Effectively use technology to design, contract, and communicate globally.
  • Develop strategies for global distribution.
  • Develop and manage a global supply chain.
  • Manage a team effectively.

Why FIDM?

Ours is the only dedicated program in the U.S. that teaches the design and global operations of menswear with a focus on casual sportswear, the fastest growing apparel segment.

The Advisory Board for this unique program includes heavy hitter Susan Kellogg, the head of contemporary brands including and 7 for All Mankind, and Joe Knoerschild, founding partner of Billabong and Hurley.

The program, which is 70% design and 30% global operations, includes a Study Tour to Central America where students learn about sourcing and production.

Modern menswear requires design discipline and business acumen; this program strategically offers the right techniques and lessons for creating a global career in design, trend analysis, or merchandising." - Tom Julian, Advanced Study Menswear program Advisory Committee Member; FIDM Advisory Board Member; Director of Strategic Business Development, The Doneger Group

A Closer Look

The Advanced Study Program in Menswear provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the design, marketing, and operational functions of today’s global menswear industry. Students apply their leadership skills to creating a concept through the process of producing a collection for a targeted menswear market.