Merchandise Product Development

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  • 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 design. I am first born so I am very type A, but am not satisfied until I fulfill my creative desire. I found FIDM after year of being stifled by a dead end retail banking job. At 23 I decided I was going to up and move to LA to attend FIDM and start my career over. Two months later, I was on a plane on the 4th of July to move to a city I knew no one in and had never been to. It was the best decision I ever made. It launched my career in the apparel manufacturing world, and brought me to ’47.

    What do you do at ’47? I am currently the headwear design coordinator at ’47. We are a sports lifestyle company based out of Boston. We sell licensed sports hat and apparel for the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, US Soccer and many other sports leagues. Fan gear is our bread and butter. As part of the headwear design team, I focus on creating new and innovative designs for every team using new fabrics and logo application processes.

    How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you are doing now? The Merchandise Product Development program at FIDM brings you through the entire development process as it would in the real world. You get to learn every moving part of what it takes to get a product from concept to completion and on the retail floor into a consumer's hands. Every day at work I think through that process while communicating with our China counterparts. Everything I do and every decision I make affects every other part of the company. At FIDM, I was able to develop real problem solving skills as they pertain to the industry in addition to learning the creative process in the apparel industry. I am not privy to any other fashion program, but I am so thankful for how FIDM prepared me for my current job.

    How did you decide on your major?
    I had battled between Merchandising & Marketing, and Merchandise Product Development. After carefully considering the pros and cons, I decided the Merchandising & Marketing major was too close to my Bachelors Degree in Finance. I also had a strong background in apparel construction and a very artistic eye. The balance of being able to understand construction costs and how that affects the bottom line lead me to choose Merchandise Product Development.

    Any advice for current FIDM Students? Take your work seriously & NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!! This industry can become very small; the more people you know, and the more people you impress, the better off you will be! The work you do while in school is all you have to prove to the first company you walk into that they should hire you! Pull out all the stops—give it everything thing you got! It should be your pride and joy when you walk out of that classroom!

    What is your biggest goal right now? Career wise, my biggest goal is to prove myself as a more vital part of the design team where I am at. I am still under a year with the company and I still have so much to learn. There are so many aspects to what I do. I am not only designing a great headwear line daily, but we have to juggle the rules of the licensing world. Every league has different rules and different licenses, it can make the job very challenging. That is probably what I love most about the job (besides my awesome team I get to work with)! It's always challenging me and I'm always learning something new!

    But, to be honest, right now my focus is not on my career goals! I'm getting married in two months! Wedding planning is like another full time job ladies (and gentlemen). It will consume your life! I am thrilled and can't wait to be a wife! So even bigger than my career goal is to be the best wife!!!

    Anything else you’d like to share? Life is short ya'll. This industry can literally take over your life! At ’47 one of our tag lines when it feels like work is becoming a giant tornado is, "It's just hats guys!" We don't take it too seriously. So, my advice in those tough times is you're just making clothes; don't take it too seriously! You're not solving world hunger, or saving the world from Zika, or fighting for world peace and freedom. Get creative and enjoy the process! Creativity is the best tool for problem solving!

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  • 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

  • May
    17
    2016

    Citizens of Humanity Makes Guest Visit to FIDM's Premier Product Development Group

    Carolyn Nowick and Laura D’Andrea visited FIDM as guest speakers from Citizens of Humanity, addressing the students in the Premier Merchandise Product Development group. Carolyn is the Director of Pre-Production, and Laura is the Production Pattern Maker, an … Read More

  • Apr
    08
    2016

    Three FIDM Grads Now Working at Swim and Lingerie Brand Hot As Hell

    Three 2013 graduates from FIDM’s Merchandise Product Development program came back as FIDM guest speakers recently, sharing with students in the Premiere MPD Group their success stories. Kelsey Farrar, Jilli Joffe, and Rebecca Bunker are all now working toge … Read More

  • Apr
    07
    2016

    FIDM Alumna Launches Jewelry Brand Ox By Olivia

    Sarah Olivia graduated from FIDM in 2012 with her degree in Merchandise Product Development. She now owns a jewelry company called Ox by Olivia. Get to know this inspiring young alumna. Tell us a little about yourself: I come from a large family with a back … Read More

  • Apr
    04
    2016

    Just Accepted SF Merchandise Product Development Student Wants to Launch Her Own Streetwear Brand

    Name: Emily Jackson Age: 17  Hometown: San Ramon, CA  FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Francisco, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Laurel Gardner How did your advisor help with the process? Laurel was actively in … Read More

  • Mar
    07
    2016

    FIDM Student Crying After Meeting Pro Surfer Kelly Slater Video Goes Viral

    FIDM Student Sarah Grace Smith recently traveled to Hawaii with Quiksilver, where she is an intern, for the annual surf competition in memory of Eddie Aikau. After being captured crying after seeing her idol Kelly Slater for the first time, the video promptl … Read More

  • Feb
    24
    2016

    Merchandise Product Development Graduate is Running His Own Successful Business MLB International

    Gaurav Bhargava's entrepreneurial spirit first emerged when he was studying at NIFT in India as a fashion design student. Eight years later, he arrived at FIDM, receiving a degree in Merchandise Product Development. In 2001, he joined Fantasy Activewear Inc. … Read More

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