International Manufacturing & Product Development

Industry Partnerships

Our Industry Partnerships allow students to collaborate with the very best, both inside and outside the classroom.

Sunrise Brands

Sunrise Brands, a private label manufacturer that owns Kitson and produces garments for Torrid and Charlotte Russe, among other companies, was a recent mentor for FIDM's IMPD students as they developed products for clothing lines Kitson, NO!, and Torrid.  

Pacific Sunwear

When IMPD students were challenged with creating a line of surf and skate lifestyle apparel, including new uniforms, FIDM turned to industry partner PacSun. The theme for the challenge was "Airwaves" and the team of students credit music, freedom, and movement as inspiration for the casual lifestyle collection they created for PacSun's Pre-Pro Surf Team.


Working alongside industry partner JCPenney for nine months gave IMPD students a glimpse at how large companies produce for the masses. They met JCPenney designers at the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas and traveled to Europe and Asia for research.

Lee Wrangler

Twelve dedicated FIDM Students embarked on the experience of a lifetime as they began the International Manufacturing and Product Development (IMPD) program. A past IMPD program partner was VF Corporation, owners of Lee and Wrangler brand jeans.


Industry partner Cherokee worked every step of the way with the thirteen students in this specialized program as they traveled to Milan, Paris, and Hong Kong while learning how to develop and manufacture an apparel line for the American lifestyle brand’s new French consumers. “Our goal was to provide a challenging, yet supportive environment for the students,” explained Howard Siegel, President & COO of Cherokee.

5.11 Tactical

In a year long program, ten International Manufacturing & Product Development students teamed up to design clothing for tactical clothing company 5.11’s female customer. Working closely with 5.11’s design team and traveling the world to visit global manufacturing and fashion centers, students developed a collection that met 5.11’s goal of creating a merchandised collection for the commercial law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) woman.