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  • Dec
    27
    2016

    It's A Lucky World With Jewelry Design Grad Ally Kleinman

    Since graduation, Jewelry Design Grad Ally Kleinman has used her creative skills to pursue a career as Assistant Jewelry Designer at Lucky Brand. In her craft, she designs seasonal collections for their outlets and retail stores. We were able to sit down with Kleinman and see what she's up to in the "Lucky" world. 
     
    1. How did FIDM prepare you for your career?
    “In so many ways. I have the technical skills from the CAD classes here. The Career Center was really great helping me. I got my job offer off the FIDM Portal. All of my classes, even art history gave me drawing inspiration. The Sample Case class was instrumental for me because putting together a whole portfolio that looked cohesive and professional helped me get a job.”
     
    2. What advice would you give to FIDM Students about success in the jewelry industry?
    “Definitely take any opportunity you can to interview for a job even if it’s something you’re not interested in, because I didn’t know from mine that it was with Lucky Brand. I just followed the vague posting, then I found out eventually it was Lucky Brand.”
     
    3. What is the proudest moment of your career?
    “One of my favorites was my first collection that went to stores. We work about a year ahead, so I was working a while before I had jewelry in stores. There was an ear crawler that the merchants were hesitant about because it was edgy for our brand, and it became one of the top five sellers the first week out, so I was really excited.”
     
    4. What is it like working at Lucky Brand?
    “It’s great! We have a new building in the Arts District and can walk to get coffee or ride bikes. I love my boss and am lucky to have such a great team. We are best friends and it's a great working environment.”
     
    5. What is your creative process like?
    “The Director of Jewelry Design comes up with a concept for each collection that we produce, so she’ll make a board with inspirational ideas/images. It’s my job to translate that to what the collection will look like - mapping out how many necklaces we’ll need, long styles, short styles, soft bracelets, cuff bracelets - and how it translates into a whole collection.”
     
    Take the first steps to pursuing a career in Jewelry Design like Kleinman by joining our program

     

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  • Dec
    07
    2016

    Textile Grad Interviewed on Go Design Go Blog

    Lucie Timonier, who received her degree in Textile Design from FIDM this past June, was recently interviewed on the Go Design Go blog. For the past fewl months, Lucie's been getting hands-on experience as an intern at both Schumacher and Patterson Flynn Martin … Read More

  • Dec
    07
    2016

    Jenna Piantedosi Launches J. Dosi Collection

    Fashion Designer and FIDM Alumna Jenna Piantedosi visited FIDM last week to speak to the Premier Students in the Merchandise Product Development and Merchandising & Marketing programs. Jenna graduated from FIDM six years ago, and is launching her own company t … Read More

  • Dec
    06
    2016

    Textile Design Grad Cassandra Manna Interviewed in VoyageLA

    Textile surface designer and colorist Cassandra Manna, a graduate of FIDM's Textile Design Program, was recently interviewed by VoyageLA. Since graduating in 2008, she's been busy working for companies such as Raviya Inc., Urban Textile Inc., Melco Fabrics Inc … Read More

  • Nov
    22
    2016

    Recent Merchandise Product Development Grad Brynne Hustrulid Working at Vans Corporate

    Brynne Hustrulid graduated from FIDM in June 2015 with her degree in Merchandise Product Development. She's now working at Vans Corporate as a Product Line Coordinator. Tell us a little about yourself: Hello! My name is Brynne. I am 22 years old. I have alway … Read More

  • Nov
    15
    2016

    Apparel Industry Management Grad Has Launched a Custom Apron Business

    Apparel Industry Management Alumna Fiorella Borkert, who graduated in 2011, Phi Theta Kappa, from FIDM, is now the proprietor of Rossel & Company, a bespoke line of aprons that are handcrafted in California. We recently chatted with Fiorella to learn more abou … Read More

  • Nov
    09
    2016

    Pam & Gela Contribute to New Wear LACMA Collection to Raise Funds for the Museum

    Per California Apparel News, Pam & Gela, the fashion label co-founded by FIDM Graduate Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor of Juicy Couture fame, has contributed one-of-a-kind fashion items for the Fall 2016 Wear LACMA Collection that went on sale this wee … Read More

  • Nov
    03
    2016

    Grad Is Senior Director of Visual Design at Barneys New York (Interview)

    Earlier this year, Alumna Theresa Silva was promoted to Senior Director of Visual Design at Barneys New York. We recently caught up with the Visual Communications Graduate, who reports directly to the VP of Visual and helps oversee all stores company-wide, t … Read More

  • Nov
    03
    2016

    Visual Communications Grad's Eco-Friendly Candle Line Has Celebrity Fans

    Visual Communications Graduate Billy Del Puerto is the proprietor of HOUSE, an upscale candle line made from high quality essential and fragrance oils and U.S. grown soy wax. The eco-friendly line, which features clean and simple packaging, has been featured i … Read More

  • Nov
    02
    2016

    After Working at Juicy Couture, William Rast, and Buffalo Jeans, Designer Reese De Luca Strikes Out on His Own (Interview)

    After graduating from FIDM in 2003, with a degree in Merchandise Product Development, Reese De Luca began interning at Juicy Couture. Within a month, he had moved up to Assistant Designer. His past positions include serving as Head Designer for Justin Timber … Read More

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