Aerie President Jennifer Foyle and Diane von Furstenberg to Be Honored at 2020 Commencement
February 3, 2020
Jennifer Foyle, Aerie’s Global Brand President, will deliver the keynote address and receive a Distinguished Achievement Award and Doctor of Commercial Science degree, and Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Chairwoman of DVF, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree at LIM’s 81st Commencement Exercises on May 8, 2020 at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center.
Ms. Foyle revolutionized the intimate apparel industry by vowing not to retouch images used in the brand’s marketing. That decision ignited a body positivity movement that has been a game-changer for the Aerie business, as well as millions of women and girls who have been empowered to love their real selves inside and out.
Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “We are very excited to have Jen Foyle as our 2020 Commencement speaker. She has done more than virtually anyone else in retail to banish the unrealistic images common in apparel advertising. The #AerieREAL movement has changed the way many young women see themselves and Ms. Foyle has led Aerie in developing an emotional connection with its customers that is truly inspirational.”
Continued President Marcuse, “Ms. Foyle has instituted ground-breaking initiatives that have positively impacted the retail industry and empowered Aerie associates and customers. She embodies what we are preparing LIM students to do: create, build, or operate businesses that are successful because they understand and connect with their customers.”
In 1974, DVF Founder and Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg designed the iconic “wrap dress” that would forever be regarded as a symbol of power and independence for women around the world. Ms. von Furstenberg has since built a global luxury brand which coincides with her philanthropic efforts, establishing her as both a respected member of the fashion community as well as a social activist.
Said President Marcuse, “As a designer and businesswoman, Diane von Furstenberg has built one of the world’s most highly visible luxury fashion brands, and it has flourished for over 46 years. Throughout her iconic career, she has used her resources, leadership, and visibility to support women, New York City, the arts, the fashion industry, and new immigrants to our country. We are pleased to be able to award her this doctorate in recognition of her generosity and philanthropy.”
Concluded President Marcuse, “Both Jen Foyle and Diane von Furstenberg are true role models for our graduates. They have devoted their careers to supporting, mentoring and advancing women in both the professional and personal spheres. I am confident they will motivate and inspire the next generation of fashion business leaders that make up the LIM College Class of 2020.”