The SAIG members, (11 dedicated committee members) met at FIT on Wed, April 23rd to interview 15 students from the Fashion Design Department. These students presented themselves, talked about their goals and aspirations and presented their portfolios and garments. This time there was one Production major and the rest of the students were from Design. Professor Alexandra Armillas has done a remarkable job in helping to bring about this annual night of interviews for possible scholarships to the FIT students.
The students are given their scheduled 15 minute time slot to meet the committee before the day of the interview. They are all very articulate and present themselves and their materials well. The committee does their best to help them relax, open up and be themselves. We are always amazed at the talent and enthusiasm of these young people and feel an open and honest exchange with them.
All the candidates for scholarships submitted their GPA, a resume, 2 letters of
recommendation from 2 professors who know them, and a financial statement from
FIT regarding what they might still have as an unmet need before the night of the interviews. Copies had been given to each committee member to review before that special and long evening .
We are so proud to say we gave a total of $131,000 to the 15 students! 12
of the students were awarded Merit scholarships and 3 were rewarded with
scholarships for Financial assistance.
The Committee members were so appreciative of all the candidates and
expressed a desire to reward each one. Our committee has enjoyed being
active and involved with this special connection to these students. We are pleased to see so many FIT graduates in our industry!
We will leave all the official feedback from the Femmy Awards Gala held last night at Cipriani’s to the home page wrap. You will be able to see it all; and for sure with much more professional photos. But we attended this stellar party last night – hats off to Karen Bromley and Barbara Lipton who co-chaired the event. The preparations were flawless and it showed, so we decided to give you a Femmy wrap up appetizer.
First and foremost, were the terrific design submissions by the 6 finalists competing for scholarship money and to the winner, a free all expense paid trip to Paris Mode donated by Eurovet andCurvexpo. The results were an exceptional body of work guided by FIT mentor Alexandra Armillas and selected by the Saig committee.
Winner:”Beauty Is Vein” by Cristina Ramos
Personally, we were caught up in the great networking opportunities with 600+ attendees. But nothing makes the party more grand than the food, drink, flowers and music.
Without a doubt, Roz stole the stage with her brief acceptance speech for The President’s Award. A perfect combination of her wit and wisdom, it was a hard act to follow.
And Seth Morris’ speech confirmed the stature of a great industry leader. Maybe we are biased as they both are on the board, but their authenticity shined through. They give The Underfashion Club the character it deserves.
Stay tuned for a total review. We just wanted to give you this quick flash while the sheen was still bright. Ellen & Camille
The Underfashion Club discussed Boutique & Specialty Stores on October 15, 2013 at The Cutting Room, NYC. Karen Thompson of Lace Silhouettes Lingerie, Dan Alden & April Burch of Great Barrington Bra & Girl, and Dan Koch of Town Shop stepped up to the stage to tell us about their practice in the intimate apparel industry. Listen to learn about retaining and capturing today’s customers!
Joe Smith, Sales Director, WACOAL AMERICA INC.
Laurence Teinturier, Co-Founder, CURVEXPO INC.
Karen Thompson – Lace Silhouettes Lingerie –
Peddler’s Village, PA /Princeton & Cape May, NJ
Dan Alden & April Burch – Great Barrington
Bra & Girl – Great Barrington, MA
Dan Koch – Town Shop –
New York City, NY
The Underfashion Club, Inc. supports education today for a better industry tomorrow!
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Beautiful Fall like weather had a hand in the great turn out for UFC Speed Networking event held at the XVI Rooftop Lounge. New comers to the Intimate Apparel industry had the opportunity to spend five minutes with an industry expert to ask questions, exchange ideas, and make important contacts. There were conversations about what companies needed intimate designers, entrepreneurs seeking new customers to buy their innovative products, and start ups teams looking for insights on how to break through and get that first order. And that was only the first 15 minutes of the speed networking conversations!