The use of technology for shopping by 18-25 year olds is significantly overrated. In fact, more than 68% of the 18-25 year-olds surveyed “prefer to shop in stores than online for apparel and shoes,” according to the results of the survey, “Shopping Trends Among 18-25 Year-Olds,” which was conducted by a group of LIM College students and in conjunction with the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA).
|Joshua Katcher Brings “Sustainable Style” to LIM College
This spring LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising Department introduced the new course Sustainable Style: Icons, Ethics and the Visual Dialect of a Future Fashion Industry, taught by Joshua Katcher.
In his class, says Katcher, "Students explore issues faced by fashion professionals at the intersection of natural ecology, man-made environments, inter-species ethics, social justice, individuality, and power."
Using a multi-disciplinary approach, Sustainable Style analyzes historical incidents of fashion’s impact on the environment, people and animals – from the birth of the Audubon Society as a reaction to women’s hat trends, to the revolutionary Dandy’s use of dress as a tool for political change, to the popularized anti-sweatshop and anti-fur movements of the 1990s. Students are also encouraged to begin formulating solutions to current challenges based on existing and emerging technologies and methodologies.
Katcher also runs the transmedia platform The Discerning Brute, which he describes as, “a resource for intelligent men who want to make ethical, informed decisions concerning their style.” Launched in 2008, it focuses on “fashion, food and etiquette for the ethically handsome man.” In 2010 he launched the companion site Brave GentleMan which is an online men's shop featuring apparel, accessories, grooming products and home goods.
|LIM College Student Wins Lord & Taylor Styling Competition
After approximately 50 students in Fabrizio Babino and Gary Osborne’s Fashion Styling classes and Joseph Ungoco’s Applied Fashion Styling course accepted the challenge to enter Lord & Taylor’s “You’ve Got the Look” Student Stylist Competition, it was Grace Hinds who walked away with the $10,000 grand prize.
Grace was one of eight finalists (four from LIM College and four from FIT) who dazzled the competition judges. The other three LIM College finalists were Ayanna Zaire Cotton, Karen Hodgin and Alyssa Spirito.
The outfit Grace styled using Lord & Taylor’s Spring ’12 merchandise consisted of a short pale skirt, beige sweater underneath a sheer kimono jacket, strappy high heels, a coral beaded necklace, a pearl bracelet and a gold watch.
It was selected by a panel of fashion experts, including legendary designer Carmen Marc Valvo, Lord & Taylor’s Editor-at-Large Suze Yalof Schwartz, Creative Director Corinne Brohme, and Fashion Director Paula Correri (who is an LIM College alumna) at a special in-store fashion show at Lord & Taylor's Fifth Avenue flagship on March 7. Voters also weighed in online and by text, with a total of more than 35,000 votes received. During the two-week voting period, all the finalists’ ensembles were also on display on mannequins in Lord & Taylor’s famous Fifth Avenue windows.
Said Michael Londrigan, Chair of the Fashion Merchandising Department, “LIM College is very proud that Grace won this competition. Those judges really had their work cut out for them, because all of our finalists applied the skills and knowledge they gained in the classroom to create very bold and memorable looks.”
|Introducing: Evelyn Hecht
by Keith Meatto
Evelyn Hecht, Ed.D. recently joined LIM College’s Office of Human Resources as a part-time Employee Relations Specialist. Her role will be to help assure that LIM College fosters and sustains a culture that retains and develops one of its most valuable assets – its faculty and staff.
Evelyn has extensive experience working in educational settings. For 11 years she was the Director of Organizational Development at Boston Medical Center, the teaching hospital for Boston University Medical School. There, she led a 12-person team that provided a broad array of services to more than 5,000 employees. She also worked as Director of Operational Improvement at Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island. She’s proud to have worked for these “safety net” hospitals, which provide healthcare to many people who often have no other place to turn.
Evelyn also has a background in the arts. Her mother was a textile designer and she’s a graduate of the school now known as Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts.
She and her husband recently relocated to Manhattan, which she says is proof that “you can go home again.” Although she has also lived in Florida, California, and Massachusetts, Evelyn considers New York her home and loves the arts, the people, and the pace of New York City. She was born and raised in Washington Heights, studied psychology at SUNY Purchase, and earned her doctorate from Columbia University.
She says, “I have a keen interested in how we, as individuals and in groups, learn and apply information in everyday settings. My own education has been internship based – like at LIM College.”
Evelyn reports that she’s received a warm welcome from the LIM College community this spring, and she looks forward to working with the administration, faculty, and staff.
She says, “I will be at each of the College buildings on a regular basis and look forward to partnering with our faculty and staff in proactively addressing their needs.”
Marilu Menendez, an adjunct faculty member in LIM College’s Marketing & Management Department, has been working on several high-profile projects with some of the leading creative minds in the fashion world.
In addition to teaching at LIM College, Menendez currently runs her own eponymous communications firm, and was formerly the Director of Publicity and Fashion Events for Lord & Taylor and the Fashion Director for Accessories at Bonwit Teller.
In August, she produced and promoted a major exhibition of the work of Ruven Afanador at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia. Afanador is an internationally renowned fashion photographer who lives and works in New York. His fashion editorials and celebrity portraits have appeared in many of the world’s leading publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Paris Photo, Rolling Stone, and Elle, as well as in the French, German, Spanish, Australian, and Japanese editions of Vogue.
Last fall, Menendez produced and promoted a museum exhibition on the collaboration between fashion designer Isabel Toledo and her artist husband Ruben Toledo. That exhibit, at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, was titled “Una Historia de Amor entre el Arte y la Moda” (“A Love Story between Art and Fashion”).
Menendez then coordinated the production of Isabel Toledo’s show of her Spring-Summer 2012 Collection, which opened Puerto Rico and Miami’s Fashion Weeks. She is now working with Penguin to promote Toledo’s book Roots of Style and recently coordinated a program at El Museo del Barrio that featured a conversation among Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Nina Garcia, Fashion Director of Marie Claire magazine.
Says Menendez, who currently teaches the Power of the Brand course and has also taught courses in the Arts & Communications Department, “In my classes, I share with the students the success stories and, most importantly, the failures. Invariably, both can be traced to following the theories being taught -- or not, in the case of the mistakes. This makes the material from readings and lectures concrete and real to them.”
|Globalspeak and Fashion Insiders
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|New Online Portal Coming to LIM College
A new online portal, which will provide Single Sign On for web and software applications frequently used by students, faculty and staff, is coming to LIM College. Single Sign On means that users can launch web-based and software applications directly from the LIM College portal without having to enter their log-in credentials every time they want to use a different application.
The portal, known as “myCampus,” is already in use at more than 250 higher education institutions worldwide, including Florida State University, the University of Arizona, and Adelphi University. LIM College was awarded a grant to bring the portal to campus and invited to join the EAI Consortium, a group of educational institutions and technology partners working to find creative solutions to common technology issues in higher education.
|Visual Merchandising Chair Wins Prestigious Industry Award
Every year, DDI (Display and Design Ideas) magazine presents one outstanding professional in the visual merchandising and store design industry with the Markopoulos Award, named for the late visual merchandising legend Andrew Markopoulos. This year, Eric Feigenbaum, Chair of LIM College's Visual Merchandising Department, was recognized with this honor. And on February 29 Feigenbaum accepted the Markopoulos Award at a ceremony during the GlobalShop conference in Las Vegas.
Said Alison Embrey Medina, Executive Editor of DDI magazine, "Eric Feigenbaum is the perfect choice for the DDI Markopoulos Award. His passion for the retail industry and dedication to the future design leaders of the world truly reflect the essence of what Andrew Markopoulos would have wanted for this industry."
LIM College's Visual Merchandising Department partnered with global logistics leader DHL to give four students a unique, hands-on Fashion Week experience.
|Continuing Education Introduces Summer Visual Merchandising Certificate Program
LIM College is introducing a new summer program leading to a Professional Certificate in Visual Merchandising.
Participants will learn how to create compelling product presentations, store layouts, and retail design concepts. The summer Visual Merchandising Certificate Program will consist of two 5-week sessions, one from May 29 – June 29 and one from July 9 – August 10. Courses are worth three credits each and classes are held Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. Upon completion of five required courses enrollees will receive a Professional Certificate in Visual Merchandising.
Decker is hoping prospective students will be inspired by the example of Kristina Visceglia, a 2011 Visual Merchandising Certificate program graduate, who is now an Apparel Supervisor Manager at Anthropologie. Her responsibilities include working with all the in-store departments to create exciting visual displays to showcase new merchandise.
|Transit Ad Campaign Wins Award
LIM College won a "Best of Show" award in the 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. This is the third consecutive year that LIM College has earned recognition in the national awards program.
Fast Facts: Faculty & Staff
Arts & Communications
Rosebud Ben-Oni is developing a new play, Shamhat, as part of the 20th anniversary season of New Perspectives Theater, where she is a playwright. In the fall, she spoke at the Women in the Arts conference as a playwright. Her lecture, now titled "Semaphore Toward Emptiness: A Meditation on Women and Jerusalem," has been published by Trans-Portal: The Hub of Transformation Studies.
Robert Clark gave a talk titled “Where Is Social Justice in the Strategic Plan?” at a conference sponsored by the International Writing Center Association and attended by professors of English, composition, and communications; academic administrators; and student tutors. The conference was hosted by Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Jane Cleland’s seventh Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, Dolled Up for Murder, has been published by St. Martin’s Press Minotaur Books.
John Deming’s poem "Cold Pockets of Remembrance" was published in this spring's edition of Agriculture Reader; another poem was published by Augury Books in January.
Steven Karl chaired “The Chapbook Beyond Cultural Artifact: Contemporary Poetry and the Economics and Vitality of Chapbook Publishing,” a panel at the AWP conference in Chicago. Also, Steven’s collaborative poetry chapbook with Angela Veronica Wong titled Don't Try This on Your Piano or am i standing here with my hair down was recently released by Lame House Press.
Anthony Naaeke will co-author a textbook on organizational communication with Jennifer Dixon of Marymount Manhattan College, to be published by National Social Science Press.
Peggy Suzuki participated in a reading of Two Gentlemen of Verona as part of the Judith Shakespeare Company NYC’s Shakespeare-a-Thon fundraiser.
Liz Sweibel will show site-specific installation, drawings, and video in a two-person exhibition at the Medicine FACTORY in Memphis in September. Her sculpture is also featured in Maine College of Art’s Spring 2012 newsletter.
Marketing & Management
Nicole Kirpalani presented “Goal-Theoretic Perspectives of Consumer Suspicion in Value Co-Creation,” at the AMA Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Jeannette Monaco is working with the Care for Kenya foundation to help provide sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities for women in that nation. She was recently interviewed about her and her husband’s involvement in these projects for a video that appeared on the foundation’s website.