Merchandise Product Development

Latest Merchandise Product Development News

  • Mar
    16
    2017

    Grad Holds 3 FIDM Degrees and Is Technical Designer at Young and Reckless

    Krista Osborne earned three degrees from FIDM: Merchandise Product Development (2011), International Manufacturing and Product Development (2012), and Bachelor of Science in Business Management (2013). "I couldn't get enough of FIDM!" said Krista, now a Technical Designer at Young and Reckless, where she's been for the last three and a half years.

    Tell us a little about yourself: I moved to Los Angeles from Arizona almost eight years ago to pursue my dreams in the fashion industry. I have a second job as a certified spinning instructor in Santa Monica. I am an identical twin and I have a Russian Blue kitty named Enzo.

    Tell us about your work at Young and Reckless: I have been there for the last 3 1/2 years as a technical designer. I handle all technical design for both men's and women's international styles. I communicate daily with vendors overseas to ensure products are being made correctly and to my designers' liking. I also handle all men's and women's fittings where I am able to perfect the fit of the garments on live models. 

    How do you feel FIDM prepared you? I am proud to say FIDM prepared me 110% for my career! I felt confident when starting my career since FIDM provided me with an immense amount of knowledge in several different areas of the industry. I was able to learn how to make complete tech packs, spec garments and communicate using technical terms factories understand. I gained the knowledge of how to take a concept all the way through the production process and into the hands of the consumer.

    How did you decide on your major?  I was originally enrolled in Fashion Design. A few weeks before moving to Los Angeles, I started researching more of the majors and decided that Product Development seemed more like something I wanted to do. I talked to my admissions advisor who also agreed, and I switched my major! I knew about IMPD the whole time I was in the Product Development program and it was my ultimate goal to be part of it. I worked really hard so I would be accepted and was beyond excited when I finally was! After completing the IMPD program I knew I wanted to get my Bachelor's degree so I completed that in a year at FIDM!

    Looking back, which classes at FIDM were most valuable to you?  This is tough because I feel almost every single class was valuable for me. If I have to narrow it down, I would say my import/export class in the IMPD program provided me with extremely beneficial information. In the Product Development program the computer aided design classes as well as all of the textile classes really prepared me for my career.

    Any advice for current FIDM Students?  Get involved on campus! During your time at FIDM there are so many different clubs and events to be a part of. These are great opportunities to meet and network with people who might help you out later on in the industry. 

    What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal right now is to work for Nike. I would also love to teach at FIDM one day!

    Anything else you’d like to share? Never give up on your dreams. Hard work does pay off and nothing is impossible.

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    Categories: Business Management, Alumni, IMPD, Careers, Merchandise Product Development

  • Mar
    14
    2017

    Oakley's Former VP Global Merchandising Visits FIDM

    Most recently the VP of Global Merchandising for Oakley, Jesse Garcia has a passion for product, retail and fashion. Students in the Premier Merchandise Product Development group were recently treated to a visit from this global leader who has held merchandisi … Read More

  • Mar
    13
    2017

    Summer Internships Recruiting Now

    Vince, the Television Academy, Patagonia, and Zumiez are just some of the summer 2017 internships posted on the Career Center's online Career Network. Apply early, and spend the summer gaining valuable industry experience. Or drop in the on campus Career Cente … Read More

  • Mar
    13
    2017

    Nike Brings First Athletic Hijab to Stores

    Nike is bringing to market the first hijab designed for female athletes in spring 2018. Designed with input from Olympians like figure skater Zahra Lari and weight lifter Amna Al Haddad, the lightweight hijab made of stretch polyester will sell for about $35. … Read More

  • Mar
    10
    2017

    Students Gain First-Hand Exposure to Supply Chain

    This week, FIDM Instructor Rebecca Eliason took students in her Supply Chain Management class on a field trip to Dependable Supply Chain Warehouse in East Los Angeles, to give them a first-hand overview of logistics, shipping and receiving, order fulfillment, … Read More

  • Mar
    01
    2017

    GUESS Recruits Summer Interns on LA Campus

    Recruiters visited FIDM today to interview students for their prestigious summer internship program. "The Institute prepares students for the workplace, and FIDM students know the industry," explains recruiters Kylie Baker and Sergio Vejar, on why they prize t … Read More

  • Feb
    21
    2017

    Kellwood Visits FIDM Students

    Kellwood Sr. Associate Designer and FIDM Grad Katrina Hafalia returned to the LA campus last week to speak to students in the Premier MPD Group about her industry experience and let them know that Kellwood is currently hiring Assistant Designers. Katrina … Read More

  • Feb
    21
    2017

    Just Accepted Merchandise Product Development Student Has Taught Abroad

    Name: Alyson Covington Age: 25 Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA  Previous College: Loyola Marymount University FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, April 2017 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor … Read More

  • Feb
    09
    2017

    Just Accepted Product Development Student Runs an Online Clothing Shop

    Name: Emily Benavides Age: 20 Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA Previous College: Cairn University and Santiago Canyon College FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, Fall 2017 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advi … Read More

  • Feb
    07
    2017

    Student Program at Retail's BIG Show

    Eleven students from seven FIDM Majors attended the Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show in New York this past month. Six out of the eleven were sponsored to go on the trip by scholarship from the NRF Association. The fashion and retail leaders of tomorro … Read More

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