International Manufacturing & Product Development
Product Developer, Woven Bottoms, 5.11 Tactical
Brandy majored in Merchandise Product Development, and then stayed for a third year for the IMPD program. After graduation in 2004, she remained at FIDM as a Personal Assistant to the Chairperson of Textile Science and worked with a student group that was developing lines for VF, Lee, and Rider. She spent the next six years in the industry as a product developer/designer for activewear brands Wet Seal and Oakley, before landing her current job developing "purpose-built gear for the most demanding missions."
How is your current position as Product Developer unique?
Since we make apparel for special uses—military, firefighters, and law enforcement—in addition to the usual product development duties like monitoring and negotiating costs, record keeping for tech packs, and bid-spec information, I oversee compliance with regulations governing professional clothes. Testing and certification for fire and water resistance is part of the job.
How did your FIDM education prepare you for your career?
The third year IMPD program was most helpful. We took trips to Europe for hands-on inspiration and trends research and to Asia to comprehensively understand the negotiation and production processes. It also was incredibly helpful as a student to attend international and domestic textile shows, retail corporate meetings, global industry events and seminars, research trips, field trips, and to see trend services, and more.
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