Brynne Hustrulid graduated from FIDM in June 2015 with her degree in Merchandise Product Development. She's now working at Vans Corporate as a Product Line Coordinator.
Tell us a little about yourself: Hello! My name is Brynne. I am 22 years old. I have always been creative and wanted to turn it into a career. From painting art covers, to selling art, to cutting up Ugg boots and making them into vests when I was 15, I have loved the process of making things and being able to make an idea in your head come to life. I love traveling (which I gratefully have been able to do a lot of this year), learning about new perspectives, progressing with my goals, and being around great energy.
Tell us about your work: I currently work at Vans as a Product Line Coordinator. This includes helping with tech packs, measuring graphic placements, line sheets, attending development meetings with buyers and designers, calculating and logging costing and profit margins, and more.
How do you feel FIDM prepared you? I think getting exposure to a lot of different aspects of the industry was extremely helpful. It is important to know terminology and what industry people are talking about when projects are going on. With product development, it is also extremely helpful to understand the process of design to completion and what that entails, which FIDM helped a lot with introducing me to.
How did you decide on your major? I was debating between Fashion Design and Merchandise Product Development. But I knew I was already naturally creative and wanted to challenge myself on the technical side of design.
Looking back, which classes at FIDM were most valuable to you? Learning tech packs has been a qualification to almost every product development job I have seen. So understanding those is extremely important. I really enjoyed our portfolio class as well. This was a class that was able to combine all of the different aspects I learned with product development.
Any advice for current FIDM Students? Get involved—in whichever way is fitting for you! I volunteered for dressing at fashion shows, doing PR, working as a fit model, and helping with mood boards. Whether it is in your classes, with an internship, or volunteering for opportunities that come up, networking is such a huge part of success in this business (or any really) so the more events or projects you can get involved in, the more people you get to know and the more you get to experiment with what you want to do.
What is your biggest goal right now? To continue working in product development and design. I always try to focus on getting the most out of where I am at in each experience and continue growing from there.
Anything else you’d like to share? When starting out in the industry, I found it really helpful to look for the job title over trying to pick the brand or company. It is easier to work your way into a company you would love to work for at a higher position if you already have the experience at other companies (even if it is a smaller company). So don't be afraid to try different things and always say yes to experience that is relatable to the industry. Also get to know your teachers and fellow classmates. That is a great start to networking. You never know where your classmates and teachers will be or for whom they may be working in the future.
Categories: Alumni News, Merchandise Product Development
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