FIDM Faces

Michael Abe

Graduate
Apparel Industry Management
Co-founder and designer of Issue Collection

Overnight successes are hardly realist, there's always a real history and story to a new brand's success.”

Apparel Industry Management and Business Management graduate Michael Abe is Creative Director and Co-Founder of the Issue Collection, featured in WWD. “Overnight successes are hardly realist, there's always a real history and story to a new brand's success,” says the designer, whose first job after graduation was Assistant to the owner of Private Label Co. Now Michael's line is available in Eva in New York City, Dish in San Francisco, and Isetan in Japan.

Who is your typical customer?
“She's a strong modern woman, someone who is starting to take risks with her wardrobe but not looking too over the top. She wears a fair amount of black or mostly neutral colors.”

What did you learn at FIDM that still helps you today?
“I learned not to dismiss any aspect of the industry and learn as many elements as I can, from pattern making and design conceptualizing to cost analysis.”

What did you like most about attending FIDM?
“The teachers are very supportive of the students' ideas.”

Anything else you'd like to add?
“Coming out of FIDM I felt like I knew everything, today I feel like I'm still trying to learn as much as possible.”

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