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IMPD Students Partner with Converse on Concept Collections

International Manufacturing & Product Development (IMPD) students collaborated with Converse this year to create concept collections for Generation Z.

The iconic label, which has been making Chuck Taylor All Star and OneStar sneakers for over one hundred years, challenged Advanced Study Students to create tops, bottoms, graphic tees, shoes, and outerwear for the target market of 17-year-old male and female consumers living in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Milan.

The IMPD Program educates students to compete in the fast-paced community of manufacturing and product development. Communication and collaboration skills allow students to function as effective team members and leaders.

Over the course of one year, fifteen students gained hands-on experience in all phases of the product development cycle from the initial concept and design through technical design, global sourcing, costing, production, and marketing to the consumer. Students participated in study tours in Europe and Asia to scout trends, source materials, and work with manufacturing facilities in the international marketplace.

The concept collections created by the IMPD students were showcased to the industry, as well as family and friends, in a special event held at Hotel Indigo just blocks from FIDM in Downtown Los Angeles on March 15, 2018.

In past years, the IMPD program has partnered with Pacific Sunwear, JCPenney, Pottery Barn, Sunrise Brands, and Disney.

Congratulations to the 2018 IMPD graduates: Gina Claridge, Anastasia Cunningham, Cicily Frye, Karlina Lizeth Garcia, Yeakara Greaves, Faith Ibrahim, Mercy Lynn James, Soo Yeon Kim, Desiree Kose, Rimpel Lail, Alyssa Leach, Pauline Mehrara, Alyssa Rose Plough, Tiara Slater, and Azana Serene Williams.

Categories:  International Manufacturing & Product Development Industry Partnerships