Final stop: Dining together for the last time, we compared notes over a hearty Mexican lunch before our final stop of the tour: Joe’s Jeans. Marketing Manager Alejandra Dibos treated our group to an extensive look at the company where we were greeted by a FIDM Alum in virtually every department (including Alejandra!) We rotated through design, product development, sampling, pre-production, tech design, patterning, production, trim, fabric, PR, and marketing.
Along the way Product/Wash Developer and FIDM Grad Gary You highlighted the essentials for bringing design’s vision to reality including timing, availability, and price, as well as the key aspects that make denim development unique such as processing and fit. In the end, we found ourselves in Joe’s in-house photo studio, which generates images for various uses and departments throughout the company. Alejandra used the setting to explain the importance developing different skill sets through internships and other experience, citing her own her own streamlined team’s cross-functional abilities as the key to being super efficient and productive. With that inspiring advice, and a gift of a chic Joe’s camo-canvas shopping bag, we concluded the tour.
Many thanks to Eva Gilbert and Estelle Hahn and the rest of FIDM’s Merchandise Product Department for putting this tour together as well as all of the companies who took the time to host us. At each stop, we were greeted by professionals who were so generous in sharing their time and knowledge. We parted ways inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime experience that we’re likely to carry with us throughout our own careers.
-Ryan Mathis-Tien (FD '13)