A select group of HWS students will convene in New York City for the annual Fashion Day program this winter break, giving them the opportunity to meet and connect with professionals from the fashion industry in some of the industry’s most prominent organizations. Facilitated by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, the fashion trip will take place on Monday, Jan. 5.
“The New York City Fashion Experience is an exciting event for students who want to learn more about the worlds of design, editorial, merchandising and business from several different perspectives,” says Associate Director of Employer Development at the Salisbury Center Jackie Doyle.
Students will first visit the headquarters of the G-III Apparel Group on 7th Ave., where alums Julia Workman Brown ’99, Dana Greechan ’09 and Yorleiny Terrero Medina ’11 will share insights about the firm and their work. Following the visit, students will travel to Coach International to meet with President of International Group at Coach Ian Bickley P’14, as well as human resources talent acquisition specialists Cristina Buccellati and Matthew Meladossi.
To conclude the day, students will make their way to Herbert Mines Associates on Lexington Avenue in order to connect with representatives from several companies, including HWS Trustee Linda Arrington ’88, a consultant for Estee Lauder; Design Operations Assistant Olivia Cloonan ’12 for Ralph Lauren; Executive Director Strategic Partnerships & Events of Esquire Magazine Scott Lehman ’96; Emily Morris ’12, Renee Gehring ’12 and Talent Acquisition Coordinator Jessica Pohlman from Tommy Hilfiger; and Merchandise Associate Francesca Pittelli ’14 from J. Crew. Hosted by Herbert Mines Managing Director Kristin Dennehy ’90, the variety of workshops will allow students to expand their knowledge and connections within the fashion industry.
This trip is annually offered to HWS students of any major and minor. Winter break programs such as Fashion Day offer students the opportunity to engage directly with professionals in field of interest. Each year, participating students establish important professional connections, get access to behind-the-scenes perspectives, and even land internships and set the foundation for possible future employment.