Michelle Alleyne has more than 25 years of fashion industry experience and has been a professor at Parsons since 2005, teaching fashion business courses, with a special emphasis on entrepreneurship. In addition to being a contributing editor for the “Fashion Speaks” column at Fashion Manuscript magazine, she authored the publication, “How To Manufacture/Produce Your Designs” and is creating a digital database of sustainable fashion resources for designers. Michelle has advised The New School National Society of Leadership and Success and is a frequent speaker on various topics, including starting a fashion company, trend forecasting, and marketing. In 1998, she founded M SHOP, a hip brick-and-mortar boutique in New York City supporting emerging designers and designed her own M SHOP label. The boutique has since morphed into a full-service fashion firm providing workshops, consulting, and products to assist fashion entrepreneurs with customized strategy to launch their businesses and elevate existing brands to the next level. In addition to studying apparel production management at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she has a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Business Management from Howard University and an M.S. in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design.