Merchandise Product Development

Latest Merchandise Product Development News

  • Aug
    26
    2016

    FIDM Grad and Frame Sales Rep Diego Dominguez Visits Brand Portfolio Development Capstone Class


    Diego Dominguez graduated in 2007 with his degree in Merchandising & Marketing. Since then he has worked for Simon Miller and Kill City Jeans, and is now in New York at premium denim label Frame, working as a sales rep for the men’s line. He said he has that feeling again—“That feeling of I can’t wait to go to bed, so I can get up and go to work in the morning.”

    He was in Los Angeles this week for business, and dropped by FIDM’s Brand Portfolio Development class, a capstone class for students in Merchandise Product Development. He wanted to share with the students, first-hand, his experience in the fashion industry.

    Destined to for a career in fashion, Diego started a line of graphic tees when he was in high school, called Mischief. He said he he silk screened graphics on tees. It was the beginning.

    One of the things that sets him apart from others, he said, is that he has “hustle.” He once got famous graphic artist Retna, a.k.a. Marquis Lewis, to paint the front of his store, which is no small feat considering Retna has been commissioned to tag Louis Vuitton stores, and work on projects with Nike.

    Not only is he good at “hustle,” he’s also a natural at communication and connecting with people. So, he decided to pursue the business side of fashion—sales—which is where he is currently thriving.

    One of the things that FIDM taught him was to be confident in what you already know—everything you learn and all the experience you continue to gain in the fashion industry. Looking back, he said, “I was a lot more valuable than I thought I was.”.

    While he was visiting with the MPD students, he looked over the portfolio of FIDM Student Elise Lorenz, and offered feedback. The brand she picked was Frame, and Diego told her she was pretty much “spot on” with her silhouettes profiled in her collection.

    Based out of New York, Diego travels all over, handling the North American region for Frame. He also reps Miansai, a high end jewelry company headquartered in New York, that uses Italian leathers, precious metals, and custom-made marine grade ropes for their pieces.

    He told students that the showroom he works for in New York, Goods & Services, also has a showroom in Los Angeles, and they’re hiring.

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  • Aug
    19
    2016

    Entrepreneur and Merchandise Product Development Grad Taylor Gilkey Launches Leather Bag Company

    Taylor Gilkey graduated from FIDM in 2012 with her degree in Merchandise Product Development. A year and a half ago, she started designing leather bags and launched her own company, Gilkey. She returned to FIDM last week to share her experience wi … Read More

  • Aug
    09
    2016

    Merchandise Product Development Grad Jake Heddaeus Working at Startup Co-Founded by Suki Waterhouse Called Pop & Suki

    Jake Heddaeus graduated this year with his degree in Merchandise Product Development. He's now working at Pop & Suki, an accessories startup co-founded by model and actress Suki Waterhouse. Tell us a little about yourself: I am a recent graduate who is … Read More

  • Aug
    03
    2016

    Alumna Lina Assayed Blogs for Beauty

    FIDM Grad Lina Assayed is featured in Orange County lifestyle magazine Locale, describing her current passion for neon-colored hair. The Merchandise Product Development major set out to be a stylist, and morphed into a fashion and beauty blogger in 2013 w … Read More

  • Jul
    22
    2016

    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 wa … Read More

  • Jul
    20
    2016

    Trendwatch: Designs for the Disabled

    Magnets instead of buttons for people with Parkinson's, puffy jackets that convert to sleeping bags for refugees, polo shirts with velcroed flaps for easy access to chemo ports—these designs and more are explored in a New York Times story about the growing i … Read More

  • Jun
    22
    2016

    Merchandise Product Development Alumna Shannan Maynard Talks About Career, Life, and Love

    Name: Shannan L. Maynard FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Grad Year: 2012 Company: ’47 Title: Headwear Design Coordinator Tell us a little about yourself: I am a 28 year old fitness enthusiast with an eye for desig … Read More

  • Jun
    08
    2016

    Merchandise Product Development Grad Working at Christian Dior Couture Korea as Visual Merchandiser

    Name: Jake Jihoon Kim FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development (Professional Designation) FIDM Grad Year: 2014 Company: Christian Dior Couture Title: Visual Merchandiser Tell us a little about yourself: Wanderlust. I love travelling, experiencing dif … Read More

  • Jun
    07
    2016

    Senior Merchandiser at Paige Denim Offers Career Advice to FIDM Students

    Ten years ago, Jennifer Rhee graduated from FIDM. She’s now a Senior Merchandiser at Paige, a premium denim and lifestyle label headquartered in Los Angeles, and visited FIDM last week as a guest speaker for students in the Premier Product Development Group … Read More

  • May
    23
    2016

    Merchandise Product Development Grad Has New Position at Zara--and is Featured in Their I Am Denim Campaign

    FIDM Graduate Le Vasia Tamayo just moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco for a position with Zara as the Northwest Visual Commercial Manager. She was also recently featured in Zara's #iamdenim project, featuring real people from the retailer's stores. We r … Read More

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