Current Student Interviews

Living the dream

Experience FIDM– vicariously. We’ve been interviewing FIDM Students from all majors. Find out what inspires them, why they chose their majors, and which classes are their favorites.

  • Apr
    21
    2017

    Supply Chain Management Field Trip to Eileen Fisher

    Students in Rebecca Eliason’s Supply Chain Management class participated in a field trip to the Eileen Fisher retail location on Robertson yesterday afternoon, where they learned about the Fisher Found project.

    As far as companies who spearhead sustainable supply chain initiatives, Rebecca teaches her students about the programs in place at companies including Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, North Face, and Levi’s.

    This week, to coincide with Earth Day celebrations, select Eileen Fisher locations are bringing attention to their upcycled garments collection known as Fisher Found, from April 20-25, so it was the perfect opportunity to take students on a field trip to learn more.

    Robin Sponseller, the store manager, welcomed the students with a spread of cookies, brownies, and fresh carrot ginger juice served in stemware.

    He then gave them a tour of the store as he provided an overview of Eileen Fisher—the person and brand—and her philosophy on sustainability and social responsibility. It is the company’s goal to be 100% sustainable by 2020.

    What started as Green Eileen, a garment recycling program, has evolved into Fisher Found, a “take-back” upcycling program and a new product line for the missy brand. Fans of the brand are invited to bring in their worn Eileen Fisher garments they are discarding, to receive a $5 rewards card and the promise that their garment will be repurposed to take on a new life.

    There are three categories: Reworn, Renewed, and Remade.

    Reworn identifies Eileen Fisher garments that have been previously owned, and professionally cleaned, ready for a new closet.


    Renewed means garments that have been mended and treated to look new again. In some cases, they overdye the clothes using botanical dyes, for a new look.


    And finally, the Remade line is one-of-a-kind designs made from fabric of discarded Eileen Fisher garments—a linen top cut from the fabric of 2 ½ pairs of pants, for example.

    Four seamstresses work on the Remade line, operating out of the Eileen Fisher Lab in Irvington, New York. The lab is constantly designing new products made from the recycled Eileen Fisher clothing, including rugs, baby blankets, and toys. In some cases, the knits have been unraveled and knit into something new.

    At the end of the presentation, Robin handed information to all of the students about a paid internship position they are looking to fill this summer. Any interested students should contact Robin Sponseller at ef068mgr@eileenfisher.com.

    Supply Chain Management is a required course in the Bachelor of Science, Apparel Technical Design program. Technical Design offers careers where pay, growth and travel opportunities are among the highest of any career in the fashion industry.

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    Categories: Apparel Technical Design, Faculty, Student Life, Internships, Merchandise Product Development

  • Apr
    18
    2017

    Briana Juarez Gains Industry Insight on Fashion Disruptors Study Tour

    Briana Juarez , a graduate of Cal State Northridge, is earning her Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation degree at FIDM, and recently participated in the Fashion Disruptors Study Tour in Los Angeles. Tell us about the Fashion Disruptors … Read More

  • Apr
    12
    2017

    Disruptors Study Tour Opens Doors for Kasara Chabot

    Kasara Chabot is a Merchandising & Marketing Professional Designation student on the Los Angeles campus. When she graduated from high school in Washington state, she earned not only her diploma, but also her Associates Degree. She recently participated in the … Read More

  • Apr
    11
    2017

    Ari Mann Scores Fabletics Internship On Study Tour

    Ari  Mann is studying Merchandise Product Development on the Los Angeles campus. She has a prior degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, and she recently participated in the Fashion Disruptors Tour where she scored an internship at Fable … Read More

  • Apr
    11
    2017

    Entrepreneur Gabriella Castillo Aguirre Participates in Fashion Disruptors Study Tour

    Gabriella Castillo Aguirre is a 24-year-old law school graduate from Tijuana, Mexico, and a Merchandising & Marketing Professional Designation student. She founded Haute2Wear and is also a seller on Poshmark. She recently participated in the Fashion Disruptor … Read More

  • Apr
    11
    2017

    Kyle Howell Thanks FIDM and Macy's For Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

    Kyle Howell, Visual Communications student on the San Francisco campus, recently designed an installation for the Macy's Flower Show, as part of a partnership FIDM has with Macy's. Tell us about your experience: It was literally a rollercoaster ride! From … Read More

  • Apr
    06
    2017

    Three-Day Fashion Disruptors Study Tour

    The Fashion Disruptors Study Tour last week brought students to the headquarters of top brands including Hot Topic, Citizens of Humanity, Avery Dennison, and Farfetch. Over three days, the students in the Merchandising & Marketing program had the special oppor … Read More

  • Apr
    05
    2017

    Nicolette Fleming Follows in Footsteps of Her Creative Father

    Tell us about your experience working on the Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco: From start to finish, this experience was fun and exciting. I had never worked with anyone in the industry at all and was super interested in the process. Macy's visual team was … Read More

  • Apr
    04
    2017

    Student Carolina Recendez De Luna Inspired By Immigrant Parents To Achieve

    Carolina Recendez De Luna is one of twelve Visual Communications students in Roy Kunkle’s Design Installation class who currently has their work on display at the Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco. She partnered with Nicolette Fleming to create “Swing Babe,” … Read More

  • Mar
    30
    2017

    Janella Amonoy Creates Installation for Macy's Flower Show

    Janella Amonoy is one of twelve Visual Communications students in Roy Kunkle’s Design Installation class who currently has their work on display at the Macy's Flower Show in San Francisco. She partnered with Taylor Cole to create “Ms. Snowcone,” using food-dye … Read More

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