Merchandise Product Development

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  • Apr
    21
    2017

    Supply Chain Management Field Trip to Eileen Fisher

    Students in Rebecca Eliason’s Supply Chain Management class participated in a field trip to the Eileen Fisher retail location on Robertson yesterday afternoon, where they learned about the Fisher Found project.

    As far as companies who spearhead sustainable supply chain initiatives, Rebecca teaches her students about the programs in place at companies including Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, North Face, and Levi’s.

    This week, to coincide with Earth Day celebrations, select Eileen Fisher locations are bringing attention to their upcycled garments collection known as Fisher Found, from April 20-25, so it was the perfect opportunity to take students on a field trip to learn more.

    Robin Sponseller, the store manager, welcomed the students with a spread of cookies, brownies, and fresh carrot ginger juice served in stemware.

    He then gave them a tour of the store as he provided an overview of Eileen Fisher—the person and brand—and her philosophy on sustainability and social responsibility. It is the company’s goal to be 100% sustainable by 2020.

    What started as Green Eileen, a garment recycling program, has evolved into Fisher Found, a “take-back” upcycling program and a new product line for the missy brand. Fans of the brand are invited to bring in their worn Eileen Fisher garments they are discarding, to receive a $5 rewards card and the promise that their garment will be repurposed to take on a new life.

    There are three categories: Reworn, Renewed, and Remade.

    Reworn identifies Eileen Fisher garments that have been previously owned, and professionally cleaned, ready for a new closet.


    Renewed means garments that have been mended and treated to look new again. In some cases, they overdye the clothes using botanical dyes, for a new look.


    And finally, the Remade line is one-of-a-kind designs made from fabric of discarded Eileen Fisher garments—a linen top cut from the fabric of 2 ½ pairs of pants, for example.

    Four seamstresses work on the Remade line, operating out of the Eileen Fisher Lab in Irvington, New York. The lab is constantly designing new products made from the recycled Eileen Fisher clothing, including rugs, baby blankets, and toys. In some cases, the knits have been unraveled and knit into something new.

    At the end of the presentation, Robin handed information to all of the students about a paid internship position they are looking to fill this summer. Any interested students should contact Robin Sponseller at ef068mgr@eileenfisher.com.

    Supply Chain Management is a required course in the Bachelor of Science, Apparel Technical Design program. Technical Design offers careers where pay, growth and travel opportunities are among the highest of any career in the fashion industry.

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  • Apr
    19
    2017

    New Lingerie Brands Show Growth

    The time is right for challengers to disrupt big brand lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret, according to a trending report in Business of Fashion. Proof? Counter brand Aerie that campaigns with slogans like "keep it real" and makes a point of not retouching it … Read More

  • Apr
    18
    2017

    Briana Juarez Gains Industry Insight on Fashion Disruptors Study Tour

    Briana Juarez , a graduate of Cal State Northridge, is earning her Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation degree at FIDM, and recently participated in the Fashion Disruptors Study Tour in Los Angeles. Tell us about the Fashion Disruptors … Read More

  • Apr
    18
    2017

    Justin Janda Lands Job as Assoc Technical Designer

    Justin Janda graduated in 2016 with degrees in Merchandise Product Development and Advanced Study Menswear. He is now the head development pattern maker and associate technical designer for 2253 Apparel Inc., working across all categories—junior, missy, plus … Read More

  • Apr
    13
    2017

    Fabletics Advice Well Received on Distruptors Study Tour

    Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Krystle Mendoza earned her BFA in Textiles and then moved to Los Angeles last summer to pursue a career in fashion. She is now studying Merchandise Product Development and recently participated in the Fashion … Read More

  • Apr
    11
    2017

    Ari Mann Scores Fabletics Internship On Study Tour

    Ari  Mann is studying Merchandise Product Development on the Los Angeles campus. She has a prior degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, and she recently participated in the Fashion Disruptors Tour where she scored an internship at Fable … Read More

  • Apr
    04
    2017

    Alumna Launches Eponymous Fashion Label Gabriela Carolina

    Founder and owner of her eponymous fashion label, Gabriela Carolina Galarza earned two degrees from FIDM: Apparel Industry Management (2014) and International Manufacturing and Product Development (2015) . Tell us a little about yourself: Ever since I was a … Read More

  • 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 Techni … Read More

  • 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

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