This past weekend, Parsons The New School for Design and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) hosted the second annual Fashion Campus NYC, a two-day, career-building and networking event to help talented students pursue fashion-business careers in New York City. Fashion Campus NYC is one of a series of initiatives that resulted from Mayor Bloomberg’s FashionNYC2020 plan to sustain and grow the fashion industry in New York.
Approximately 200 fashion industry interns working in New York this summer, from approximately 100 universities and hundreds of area companies, attended the event, as well as fashion industry representatives from New York-based companies, including Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Saks Fifth Avenue. A highlight of the event was the keynote delivered by Parsons alumnus Chris Benz.
“Our partnership with the NYCEDC is a natural evolution in the role Parsons has played in developing the design industries in New York,” said Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers. “Through programs such as our Bachelor of Business Administration in Design and Management, and of course our fashion design and marketing programs, our students and alumni are helping lead the growth of the fashion sector.”
In addition to Fashion Campus NYC, Parsons also has partnered with NYCEDC for Fashion Draft NYC. Taking place for a second time this coming winter, Fashion Draft NYC selects an elite group of students from across the world for the chance to network and interview with top New York City fashion executives to earn full-time, management-track positions. From the first group of Fashion Draft NYC participants, a number have already secured jobs with companies such as Bloomingdale’s, Gilt, LF USA, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Theory.