FIDM Student: Saloni Mahendro

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Saloni Mahendro

Merchandising & Marketing

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a huge animal lover and could spend an entire day happily holed up in the library. In true Canadian fashion, I love hockey and ketchup chips, and Tim Hortons holds a very special place in my heart. I am constantly listening to music and one day I will master my beloved electric guitar. I love to shop, eat, and exercise (not necessarily in that order). My husband owns an Indian gastropub in Downtown Los Angeles. For all the foodies reading this, check out @BadmaashLA, and for all the Canadians reading this, we have a poutine!

What are your proudest accomplishments so far?
Deciding to come back to school and do what I am meant to!

What made FIDM right for you?
I've known for quite some time that the fashion industry is where I want to be, but it was hard to pinpoint where I'd fit best. The Merchandise Marketing Program seemed like it was tailor made for my interests (buying, trend forecasting, merchandising, etc.) and after meeting with Susan, FIDM was a no-brainer.

Describe your entrance project.
Think Vogue meets vintage. The store in my project is one that I can see myself owning in reality one day. The customer is classic, but always one step ahead of the rest. She is a well-educated urban sophisticate whose job is fueled by creativity and allows her to both inspire and be inspired. I believe that fashion is more than just what you wear and so I decided to include a lifestyle section called Vive by Workshop.

What are your career goals?
What I want most is to make fashion my business. Ultimately I'd like to be a buyer or trend forecaster for a luxury retailer, and then maybe one day open my own boutique.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM?
More than anything, I am looking forward to the tremendous contacts I will make while at FIDM. I am excited to be learning from professionals and want to know what their experience in the industry has taught them. I can't think of a better way to learn than from those who are already doing what I aspire to.

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