, Eco-Friendly

  • Nov

    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 in Zink magazine and has fans in Britney Spears, Heather Graham, Brooke Candy, and Leah Remini, among others. "I wanted to create a high-end candle line that suggests a feeling before the scent is experienced," Billy explains of his candles which have names such as "Greenhouse," "Library," and "Violet Nirvana." 

    After graduating from FIDM in 2009, Billy worked for a small candle company that went out of business during the recession. "I worked a nine-to-five job to pay bills, but I wanted something that was my own, something that I had total design control of, so I took my work experience and my education and launched HOUSE," he says. He plans to expand HOUSE to a complete home decor company in the future. 

    Billy credits FIDM with helping him strike out on his own in 2013. "Every class I took at FIDM, from branding and marketing to stagecraft and product styling, has allowed me to launch and also run my own company. My instructors not only pushed the importance of perfection and creativity, but also the importance of networking and client relationships. Knowing how to anticipate what a client wants, how to talk to a client, and forecasting a upcoming trend is priceless. I have definitely taken a strong skill set away from FIDM." 

    See Billy and HOUSE on Sundays at the Melrose Trading Post at 7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. 


    Categories: Vis Comm, Graduation, Eco-Friendly, Alumni News

  • Oct

    Attend the 7th Annual Innovative Materials Conference at FIDM Los Angeles

    The 7th annual Innovative Materials Conference will take place at FIDM Los Angeles, in the Annex, Room A 332, from October 31, 2016 to November 4, 2016, presented by the FIDM Library and FIDM Alumni Association. Discover the latest advancements in the textil … Read More

  • Sep

    Circular zero-waste economy: Is this a way forward for the textiles and apparel industry?

    By Gayatri Keskar, Ph.D., Materials Manager, Material ConneXion Whether it is out of a real desire to make the world a better place or an understanding of the enhanced brand value of a clear commitment to sustainable design, we are seeing an increasing dema … Read More

  • Sep

    Save the Date: 7th Annual Innovative Materials Conference, October 31, 2016 to November 4, 2016

    Please save the date for the upcoming 7th Annual Innovative Materials Conference, which will be held October 31, 2016 to November 4 2016, at the Los Angeles campus, at the Annex, Room A 332. The exhibition will be open Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. … Read More

  • Sep

    Business Management Graduate Launches Wandertribe Apparel Line

    FIDM Graduate Christine Hayden has launched Wandertribe, a line of ultra-comfy loungewear that's entirely sourced and produced in Downtown Los Angeles. She developed the line while completing her bachelor's degree at FIDM and launched this past May.  "The i … Read More

  • Aug

    From the FIDM Libary: Spring 2016 Style Report

    The drive toward sustainability, accountability in design, and ‘interchangeable’ unisex fashion embraces a global change in attitudes. This change is inspiring not only new models in design and lifestyle, but a new blueprint for the future. Overview For t … Read More

  • Jan

    The 6th Annual Innovative Materials Conference Comes to FIDM San Diego

    The 6th annual Innovative Materials Conference is coming to FIDM San Diego January 27 to 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See the latest in the textiles and materials industries including innovations in wearable technology and sustainable products. On … Read More

  • Dec

    FIDM and Fashion Group International Hosting Natural Cosmetics Panel on December 9th

    In order to raise awareness and encourage an informed discussion about smarter, safer, and more environmentally conscious options, FIDM and Fashion Group International LA (FGILA) are presenting a beauty panel discussion on the topic of natural cosmetics. The p … Read More