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Achtung! Visual Merchandising Major Heads to Germany to Speak at Conference


Carinne Cusanelli will travel to Dusseldorf to give presentation with Dept. Chair Eric Feigenbaum

LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department prides itself on providing students with career-building and life-changing experiences.

This month, senior Carinne Cusanelli, who is from Haworth, New Jersey, will accompany Visual Merchandising Department Chair Eric Feigenbaum to Germany to give a joint presentation at the EHI Retail Design Conference, which will be held in Dusseldorf on Sept. 18-19.

Their presentation is titled “Retail’s Window to the World” and deals with New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue. In developing it, the Visual Merchandising Department arranged for Carinne to interview Harry Cunningham, Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Store Design at Saks Fifth Avenue; Pucci International President Ralph Pucci; and Ken Smart, Former Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Saks.

This is not Carinne’s first professional experience as a Visual Merchandising major. She completed an internship with Anthropologie’s visual display team in Rockfeller Center and now she’s interning with the visual merchandising team at Elie Tahari’s corporate headquarters. In the spring, an ensemble she created using DHL packaging materials was featured on a mannequin displayed in the company’s booth at New York Fashion Week (photo at left).

She says, “I feel honored to have the opportunity to go to Germany and represent LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department. It is very exciting to be able to share what is happening on New York City’s iconic Fifth Avenue with conference attendees. I am also looking forward to learning from the other speakers at the conference and being immersed in German culture.”

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