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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ThreadsVanessa Simmons will host Threads, a new teen fashion competition show for Lifetime, according to The Hollwood Reporter. Project Runway alum Christian Siriano, Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style guru Ingrid Nilsen will serve as judges. Each week, three contestants will compete to set the new standard for the future of fashion. 

The winner will receive $10,000 to be used at any Jo-Ann’s Fabrics & Crafts store or Joann.com, a scholarship to FIDM, and a top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International Corporation.

Special guests this season include television personality and host Kelly Osbourne, actress, singer and dancer Zendaya, and actress and model Jaime King.

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Lifetime Orders Teen Fashion Competition Show 'Threads' Featuring FIDM Scholarship

Vanessa Simmons will host Threads, a new teen fashion competition show for Lifetime, according to The Hollwood Reporter. Project Runway alum Christian Siriano, Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories...

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Krystal

Wahiawa, Hawaii native Krystal Cabo, a graduate of the Apparel Industry Management Program, is currently the Production Coordinator at Jaya Apparel Group LLC, where she works under Elizabeth and James, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's women's contemporary line, and TEXTILE, their casual sportswear line. 

How did you hear about FIDM and make the decision to attend? My counselor in high school had FIDM's Catalog on her bookshelf that I came across. After flipping through the pages, I wanted to know more about FIDM and its creative curriculum. FIDM representatives came to Hawaii to talk about the college, and I won one of the big raffle prizes to attend 3 Days of Fashion in L.A. I remember telling my parents that this was a sign and since my parents were supportive of me, we booked our flights to check it out.

After attending 3 Days of Fashion, getting a feel of the campus, and getting lost in Southern California's beauty, I was sold. I knew that FIDM would help me build a solid foundation to better prepare myself for my future in the fashion industry.

Did FIDM help you get any internships or jobs? I used the FIDM Portal's Career Page to see if they had any job leads. It took me a few visits until I found the job I was looking for. I got hired as a Production Assistant and worked under Elizabeth and James and Patterson J. Kincaid.

In your role as Production Coordinator, what are some of your responsibilities? After a year of being a Production Assistant, I had the opportunity to transition into being a Production Coordinator. My responsibilities include daily communication with import vendors and all departments involved with development/production. I create and send out purchase orders to our manufactures. I make sure that our vendors and our production are on schedule with our Time and Action calendar.

Simultaneously, I monitor WIP (work in progress) report for multiple deliveries and work with the New York sales team on unit projections and reallocate units based on selling. I organize, file, and maintain documents pertaining to production.

What are your ultimate career goals? In 2010, before my move to LA, I noticed that fashion in Hawaii was slowly growing. I knew that I wanted to be a part of that fashion bloom and till this day I still daydream and picture myself being a part of that movement to help put Hawaii on the map to be a new destination for fashion. My ultimate career goal is to return home to Hawaii with all the knowledge, experience, and exposure that I've gained from school and working in the fashion industry and use it to help me start building my own "Made in Hawaii" clothing/manufacturing company.

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Elizabeth and James Production Coordinator Is Apparel Industry Mgmt Grad

Wahiawa, Hawaii native Krystal Cabo, a graduate of the Apparel Industry Management Program, is currently the Production Coordinator at Jaya Apparel Group LLC, where she works under Elizabeth and James,...

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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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Rent the Runway is expanding into accessories with a monthly online subscription service called Unlimited reports Fashionista. For a monthly fee—$75—members have access to loads of upscale handbags, jewelry, eyewear, scarves, and more from brands like Clare Vivier, Balenciaga, Moschino, and Elizabeth & James. When you get tired of that butter soft Clare Vivier clutch, just return it, and the site will ship you the next item in your queue—like Netflix for the "It" purse obsessed.

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Rent the Runway is expanding into accessories with a monthly online subscription service called Unlimited reports Fashionista. For a monthly fee—$75—members have access to loads of upscale handbags, jewelry, eyewear,...

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