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FIDM Alumnus Evan Kinori has recently joined the handcrafted denim brand Jack/Knife. The Stylesight blog recently interviewed the clothing company's founders, who say:

"He has helped to solidify the brand’s direction and pushed our design, pattern-making and production capabilities. Through countless hours and studio-overnights, Evan has made a serious commitment to taking the ethos of Jack/Knife and harnessing our potential to become more efficient makers."

 

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Alumnus Evan Kinori Joins Handcrafted Denim Line Jack/Knife

FIDM Alumnus Evan Kinori has recently joined the handcrafted denim brand Jack/Knife. The Stylesight blog recently interviewed the clothing company's founders, who say: "He has helped to solidify the brand’s...

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We recently caught up with Apparel Industry Management graduate Reggie Aguiluz to get an update on his men's line VDE.

What is new with VDE? There's been a few new things going on with VDE. We just launched with Urban Outfitters' Without Walls division, which is a hybrid of contemporary/performance wear. Our bestselling items such as "The Samurai 1.1 Jogger" and "The 3/4 Assassin Short" are available online and in the newly opened Urban Outfitters store in Herald Square New York. We're getting ready to release our new Athletic Samurai Jogger which will be available on Jack Threads this fall as well.

Are you doing the designing yourself? Yes, I've been designing everything myself. I try to keep the collections small, but unique and very dedicated to the detailing of each garment. The brand is manufactured in the U.S. from imported Japanese technical fabrics.

Where do you see the line heading in the future? I see VDE heading towards the athletic street culture. For the competitors, contenders, and challengers in the world, not just in the gym, but from the playing field to their ateliers. The line has a very unique concept mixing street, contemporary, and athletic ingredients, so I see the brand opening up a new alley within the fashion industry and having it's unique niche within the retail world in the near future.

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Apparel Industry Management Grad's Men's Line Now at Urban Outfitters (Interview)

We recently caught up with Apparel Industry Management graduate Reggie Aguiluz to get an update on his men's line VDE. What is new with VDE? There's been a few new...

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Toms

The Eyecessorize Blog has a story on Fall 2014 eyewear trends, and features TOMS' Charlie Rae sunglass style, named for Erik Dagnino Soto's baby daughter. The Merchandise Product Development Alumnus has worked in Eyewear Product Developemnt at TOMS since early 2012. 

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TOMS Fall 2014 Sunglass Style Named After MPD Grad's Baby Daughter

The Eyecessorize Blog has a story on Fall 2014 eyewear trends, and features TOMS' Charlie Rae sunglass style, named for Erik Dagnino Soto's baby daughter. The Merchandise Product Development Alumnus...

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Kassi

Along with partner Bijou Finney, Merchandise Marketing Alumna Kassi Foster owns Golden Bones Boutique & Salon in Austin, Texas, which is celebrating its second anniversary. "Our mission was and is to bring the edgier and trendier styles to the young women of Austin," Kassi explains of their one-stop-shop for fashion, hair, and makeup. "Bijou and I both grew up in El Paso, TX, and she went to school right outside of Austin. I decided to come back to Texas after attending FIDM and chose Austin because the fashion scene is really starting to grow and expand."

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Kassi, who also has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Arizona State University, says that FIDM helped prepare her to run a business in numerous ways. "The buying classes helped tremendously with that aspect of the business. Also, all of the management skills I learned have definitely come into play. Trend forecasting is one of the most important skills that I learned at school, and impacts our business daily," she explains. 

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Merchandise Marketing Alumna Owns Golden Bones Boutique & Salon in Austin, Texas

Along with partner Bijou Finney, Merchandise Marketing Alumna Kassi Foster owns Golden Bones Boutique & Salon in Austin, Texas, which is celebrating its second anniversary. "Our mission was and is...

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Get to know FIDM Social Ambassador Cara Rimel, a Merchandise Marketing Student at our Los Angeles campus. Follow Cara on Twitter @CaraLovesFIDM for live updates about her life as a student at FIDM.

Q&A with Cara:

Hometown: “Corona, California.”

Describe your style: “My style depends on the day. I love the boho chic look, however working at Bebe changed my style. Don't get me wrong I still love my fringe and lace, but now I am wearing bolder colors, and pieces that make more of a statement.”

Favorite brands: “I don't have a favorite brand. I buy whatever catches my eye. However, I love Bebe and F21!”

An icon who inspires you: “Gretchen Rossi! While working with her, it has been so great to learn about her style. She has definitely inspired me for dressy looks, and I have taught her about casual chic.”

Favorite place to eat in DTLA: “My new favorite place is Pieology. It is like Subway or Chipotle.... but for Pizza!”

Dream job: “Celebrity makeup artist, social media manager, creative director for my own company… I plan to be a busy woman!”

Best advice for FIDM Students: “My advice to FIDM Students would be to get involved and make sure everyone knows your name. Get noticed by your teachers, faculty and always remember ‘in sight, in mind.’”

Your hometown’s best kept secret: “My city doesn't have a secret. Corona is quiet boring. That is why I spend most of my time in Orange County or LA.”

Your FIDM experience in three words: “Exciting, educational, and oh-so-fashionable.”

You know you went to FIDM when…: “...you have spontaneous photo shoots and wear 5 inch heels to class.”

Connect with Cara:

Twitter: @CaraLovesFIDM

More about Cara:

“My name is Cara Rimel. I am a Merchandise Marketing student about to start my fifth quarter. My road to FIDM began when I was a freshman in high school. A representative came to my school and after that I was hooked. I went home and told my parents where I wanted to attend for college. We took a tour of the FIDM campus and from there I began to attend the FIDM Open House events. The FIDM Open House events are an amazing experience. Each time I met new FIDM grads and instructors who taught me even more about possible career paths. I also attended 3 Days of Fashion four times and had the pleasure of working one at the FIDM OC campus. It was fun meeting prospective students just like I was. After four years of being that "prospective student," I began FIDM in the summer of 2013 at the OC Campus. It was so exciting to finally be attending my dream college. At the OC campus, I joined the student council and FIDM Mode, where I met students whom are now my closest friends. My involvement with FIDM has defiantly paid off. A few months ago I was recommended to intern for Gretchen Rossi (Real Housewife of Orange County). I’m involved in every aspect of her business and learning how to run a company. My life at FIDM has been a rush between balancing life, work, interning, projects and homework and I wouldn't change it for a thing.”

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. Get to know more FIDM Social Ambassadors here. 

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Meet FIDM Social Ambassador Cara Rimel

Get to know FIDM Social Ambassador Cara Rimel, a Merchandise Marketing Student at our Los Angeles campus. Follow Cara on Twitter @CaraLovesFIDM for live updates about her life as a...

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