Fashion Authority, Michelle Alleyne has beyond 25 years of fashion industry experience. She earned a B.S. at Howard University in Fashion Merchandising & Business Management, studied Apparel Production Management at FIT, and graduated with an M.S. in 2015 from Parsons School of Design in Strategic Design and Management; further sharpening her skills in innovative business models and design thinking.
Since ‘05, Michelle’s been a Professor at one of the world’s leading fashion universities, Parsons School of Design, teaching fashion business courses. Always emphasizing entrepreneurship, she is currently facilitating a student project with H&M. As well, she’s Contributing Editor at Fashion Mannuscript magazine for the column she created, “Fashion Speaks”. She’s author of the booklet, “How To Manufacture/Produce Your Designs”, and is in the process of creating a digital database of sustainable fashion resources for designers. She’s Advisor to The New School National Society of Leadership and Success, and is constantly invited to judge fashion designers, and lecture worldwide on Starting & Building A Fashion Company, Trend Forecasting, & Marketing.
She founded M SHOP in ’98, a hip brick-and-mortar downtown NYC boutique supporting fierce emerging designers, which dressed countless A-Listers. This gave her the opportunity to design her own M SHOP label and special organic t’s to raise proceeds for her favorite charities. In ’04 the boutique morphed into the Full-Service Fashion Firm it is today, providing Workshops, Consulting, + Products to assist fashion entrepreneurs with customized strategy to launch their businesses from concept, product development, marketing, promotions, sourcing, manufacturing, to sales. And elevate existing brands to the next level.
In addition, Michelle’s spent numerous years working in the NYC Garment Center; Managing Production & Manufacturing (off-shore and domestic), as Product Developer, Merchandiser, Buyer, Trim Buyer, and Import/Export Manager for major fashion brands; affording her immeasurable industry knowledge from personal hands on experience. She’s a Futurist, Trend Leader & Forecaster, and has even been a fashion stylist for editorials, music videos, and TV commercials.