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Dedicated to New York Fashion Week, our Instagram Takeover with Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries is comprised of in-the-moment photos from her adventures in the "Big Apple." Not only did our Instagram community get a sneak preview of pieces from FIDM Alumna Monique Lhuillier and Rebecca Vallance's collections, but they also witnessed the hustle and bustle involved with running from show-to-show firsthand.

Get the full recap of our Instagram Takeover with Merchandise Product Development and Business Management Grad Nikki Minton below, and follow @FIDMCollege on Instagram to keep in touch with daily updates from FIDM. 

 @FIDMCollege x @MyStyleDiaries Instagram Takeover: NYFW Edition

MSD 1

"Hi #FIDMFamily! Nikki from @MyStyleDiaries here, and I'm so excited to take you guys along for a few days for a behind the scenes look of New York Fashion Week. Hope you guys & girls will follow along for the ride!" - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

 

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"My first preview of the week is also a perennial favorite. @RebeccaVallance consistently designs collections that I want to wear every. single. day." - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries 

 

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"Died a little when I saw this stunner at the beautiful @MoniqueLhuillier show last night. (Did you know she's a fellow FIDM Grad?) I NEED this dress. And also a red carpet event to wear it to." - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

 

MSD 4

"Fashion Week can be hectic and rushed to say the least, and this season's shows were spread out around the city. Running from show to show and event to event in the heat (and rain!) can make a gal crazy, but I got by with a little help from my friends." - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

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Joen

FIDM Graduate Joen Garnica, the interior designer and principal of Garnica Interiors, Inc., has announced her run for Long Beach City Council's Second District seat. An official launch party will be held on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at District Wine. Joen is a Long Beach native and board member of the East Village Association, Downtown Long Beach Associates, the Downtown Residential Council, and International City Theatre, among others. 

"During my [12] years as an active member of the second district community, I have seen the good things that can happen when neighbors come together and work hard,” said Garnica in a statement. “I have worked side by side with my neighbors to improve our city and bring a sense of community to our district."

Read more in the Long Beach Post

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Award-winning Korean actress and FIDM Alumna Han Go Eun was married over the weekend. The beautiful bride, who is American born, found success overseas as a model and dramatic actress. 

The KDramaStars blog has more details. 

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Six FIDM Alumni now working at TOMS headed up an exclusive panel discussion at the TOMS headquarters in Los Angeles yesterday, and invited FIDM Students to attend. Fielding questions about how they got their start, they shared their FIDM stories as well as their TOMS stories. They also offered helpful advice about networking, LinkedIn, and keeping online personas professional and "job ready."

The grads include:

  • Erik Soto, Merchandise Product Development '04 and Business Management '12 Grad, TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser Product Developer
  • Ann Ro, Visual Communications '10 Grad, TOMS Retail Marketing Coordinator
  • Vi Pham, Jr., Visual Communications '10 Grad, TOMS Product Merchandiser
  • Derrick Alexander, Merchandise Product Development '12 Grad, TOMS Retail Coordinator
  • Francine Greco, Merchandise Marketing '10 Grad, TOMS Executive Assistant to the General Manager of the Americas
  • Salpy Talian, Graphic Design '07 Grad, TOMS Digital Designer

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Erik Soto said that during his last quarter at FIDM he saw a poster at the Career Center about TOMS visiting FIDM to interview students for their internship program. He signed up for the interview but was the 11th person out of 10 spots. One person canceled and he got in. He interviewed with Jackie (also a graduate of FIDM), and got the internship. He said at the time there were 150 people in the company, and literally one parking space. The TOMS van used to pick them up down the street with coffee waiting for them. Now, a TOMS barista meets everyone at the front door, serving lattes and cappuccinos all morning long.

Erik does product development for the TOMS eyewear division now. He develops the full line, then merchandises it. He manages all of the calendars and creates all of the line sheets. He said all of his FIDM classes have prepared him for the job he has at TOMS. He said, "Everything is very entrepreneurial at TOMS—you're building the airplane as you're flying."

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Salpy Talian graduated with her Graphic Design degree from FIDM in 2007, and worked at an advertising agency before landing her job at TOMS through a connection she made at FIDM. She actually started as a freelancer, filling in for someone on vacation. It's been three years now that she's been working on digital, creating all of their online assets: social media graphics, emails, website, landing pages, ad banners, and more.

Last year, Salpy went to Honduras on a Giving Trip. In fact, each employee qualifies to participate in these types of trips to celebrate their first year at TOMS. They help distribute shoes at schools, delivering on the TOMS mission—to help people in need. Then, every three years they are invited on additional Giving Trips.

When asked what she enjoys most about having a creative career, Salpy said, "I enjoy the freedom to create—seeing your ideas come to life."

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Francine Greco is the Executive Assistant to Craig Reingold, the GM of the Americas. She worked full-time at Guess corporate before TOMS recruited her through LinkedIn. She could not stress enough the importance of keeping LinkedIn profiles up to date at all times. Francine just got back from her first Giving Trip

"Merchandise Marketing," Francine said, "really emphasizes entrepreneurship." It was the perfect major for her, she continued, "because that's what TOMS is all about." TOMS recently added a showroom for buyer visits. Francine helped pick and coordinate the items in the room, keeping the project on budget and on time. She said what she loves the most about her job, though, is the people who work there. "Everyone gets along so well."

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Next on the panel was Derrick Alexander who graduated with his Merchandise Product Development degree in 2012. As a student at FIDM, he worked full-time at Nordstrom where he met the TOMS Eyewear rep and kept in touch through LinkedIn. The rest is history. Derrick has now opened up six TOMS pop-up stores across California as the Retail Operations Coordinator.

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Vi Pham, Jr., works in men's footwear at TOMS. She said that attending FIDM opened doors for her. She met Ann Ro at FIDM in the Visual Communications program, and they quickly became best friends taking many of their classes together. Ann landed a job at TOMS first, then Vi followed. Vi said that she loves the fact that the thoughts and opinions of employees really matter at TOMS. "It's not only a great company, it's a movement and we're all very passionate about that."

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Ann Ro actually started out working in aerospace, but decided it wasn't a fit. When she heard there was a job opening at TOMS, she jumped on it. She loved the company and wanted to work there. Then she brought on Vi. "FIDM Students help other FIDM Students out," she said. Ann works in retail marketing at TOMS, creating incentives for retail spaces to help push sell-through. She does visual merchandising, as well. "FIDM helped me to be nimble, and think on my feet."

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Ramen-Underground

Written by Merchandise Product Development Student Mehanaokala Pilago

From Thai to Italian cuisine, Merchandise Product Development Student and Social Ambassador Mehanaokala Pilago gives an eclectic recommendation of places to eat near FIDM San Francisco.

1. Mocca on Maiden Lane 

Address: 175 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

Website: http://www.maiden-lane.com/ 

Personal Favorite: Shredded Chicken Sandwich 

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Photo credit: Perry & Roses

Located in the tiny, elegant alley known as Maiden Lane, Mocca on Maiden Lane is arguably the best family-owned and operated Italian deli in the city. With freshly-made salads, pastas, sandwiches, and treats, it's a one-stop shop for getting a quick bite to go, or sitting down to enjoy the street jazz musicians while chatting with friends. 

2. Ramen Underground 

Address: 356 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Website: http://www.ramenunderground.com/

Personal Favorite: Chicken Teriyaki Don

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While wandering around the city one afternoon, I stumbled upon the smallest ramen restaurant packed with people from all over the world. This tiny ramen house is home to the best freshly made Ramen and Donburi bowls. With organic ingredients and an amazing atmosphere of happy employees and customers, Ramen Underground has found its way to the heart of San Francisco. 

3. Thai Stick 

Address: 925 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Website: http://www.thaistickrestaurant.com/

Thai-Stick

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Located on both Post Street and Filmore Street, Thai Stick is a lively restaurant and bar for delicious Thai food and entertainment. This popular hangout spot has great drinks and Thai cuisine to satisfy every customer!

4. Caffé Central

Address: 133 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Word of Advice: Make sure to ask for the student discount!

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Caffé Central is the go-to spot for all FIDM San Francisco Students. Located right below the FIDM San Francisco building and next to Crate and Barrel, this cafe has everything from delicate pastries and boba, to waffles and sushi burritos. 

5. Cafe Madeleine 

Address: 300 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Website: http://www.cafemadeleinesf.com/

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Located just one block away from FIDM San Francisco is Cafe Madeleine, an inviting cafe with the most delicious baked goods and pastries. They offer all homemade and fresh items, and it's a great place for early study sessions before the campus opens. 

6. Bio Cafe

Address:  75 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Website: http://www.biologiquesf.com/

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The Bio Cafe is unique for its freshly made pastries, deli goods, kombucha, and chocolates (all made gluten free). This tiny cafe has found a fantastic niche market of organic customers looking for freshly made, affordable goods in the Financial District.

7. Naan-N-Curry

Address: 336 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Website: http://naancurry.com/

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One perk of living in such a diverse city is being blessed to have food from all around the world. Naan-N-Curry Indian restaurant is a modern authentic Indian cuisine with a great atmosphere. With hand-drawn table counters and amazing food, it is a definite must-try in the city!

8) SOMA StrEATfood Park

Address: 428 11th Street, San Francisco CA 94103 

Website: http://www.somastreatfoodpark.com/

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People from all over the city come to this amazing food truck park filled with lively energy and happy customers who enjoy unique foods from around the world. With streaming Christmas lights, music, tables, and umbrellas, it is an amazing place to get a quick bite or hangout with friends on a Friday night. 

9) The Box SF

Address: 1069 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Website: http://www.theboxsf.com/

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I consider The Box to be a late-night snack joint. It's located near the Civic Center in San Francisco and has a wide variety of delicious food, from burgers to falafel wraps. 

10) Brenda's French Soul Food

Address: 652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Website: http://frenchsoulfood.com/

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I stumbled upon Brenda’s one day while exploring the city. The décor you see when walking through the door is absolutely gorgeous, with raw cracked concrete walls and mirror walls. It just has an amazing, unique atmosphere. Brenda’s is famous for its freshly made beignets, chicken wings, and French toast. Make reservations or get there super early to beat the lines!

More about Mehanaokala: 

Growing up in the tropics, I have lived in a swimsuit since I could walk. I decided to launch my own Brazilian swimwear label a few years back, and plan to create my own empire to create high quality, unique swimwear that embodies feminism. After traveling through Indonesia to find manufacturers and source factories, I finally began unraveling my dream of being a "girl boss" and an entrepreneur. Currently, Khushti Kini's operates online and in a few boutiques in Hawaii. My dream is to continue growing and expand fully into the wholesale contemporary swimwear market. FIDM has helped me develop my skills in Product Development and achieve my goals, as well as given me an opportunity to expand my knowledge in fashion.

Connect with Mehanaokala:

Twitter: @FIDM_mehanokala

More about FIDM Social Ambassadors: 

The FIDM Social Ambassador program is a team of FIDM Students who blog, tweet, vlog, photograph, and discuss their first-hand FIDM experience on social media. To apply to be a member of the FIDM Social Ambassador program, click here

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Dedicated to New York Fashion Week, our Instagram Takeover with Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries is comprised of in-the-moment photos from her adventures in the "Big Apple." Not only did our Instagram community get a sneak preview of pieces from FIDM Alumna Monique Lhuillier and Rebecca Vallance's collections, but they also witnessed the hustle and bustle involved with running from show-to-show firsthand.

Get the full recap of our Instagram Takeover with Merchandise Product Development and Business Management Grad Nikki Minton below, and follow @FIDMCollege on Instagram to keep in touch with daily updates from FIDM. 

 @FIDMCollege x @MyStyleDiaries Instagram Takeover: NYFW Edition

MSD 1

"Hi #FIDMFamily! Nikki from @MyStyleDiaries here, and I'm so excited to take you guys along for a few days for a behind the scenes look of New York Fashion Week. Hope you guys & girls will follow along for the ride!" - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

 

MSD 2

"My first preview of the week is also a perennial favorite. @RebeccaVallance consistently designs collections that I want to wear every. single. day." - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries 

 

MSD 3

 

 

"Died a little when I saw this stunner at the beautiful @MoniqueLhuillier show last night. (Did you know she's a fellow FIDM Grad?) I NEED this dress. And also a red carpet event to wear it to." - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

 

MSD 4

"Fashion Week can be hectic and rushed to say the least, and this season's shows were spread out around the city. Running from show to show and event to event in the heat (and rain!) can make a gal crazy, but I got by with a little help from my friends." - Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries

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