Fashion Scholar Spotlight: Kelsey White

Hometown: Kempton, PA
Major: Fashion Merchandising (Buying and Planning track) with a concentration in International Marketing

Why did you choose LIM College?
I chose LIM largely because of the emphasis on internships and real-life experience. I already knew that I wanted to dive head-first into the fashion industry, and I'm a total hands-on learner. I knew LIM would work with me and my schedule to allow me to do that, and I felt confident that the school’s resources and the connections would help me find opportunities. 

As a Fashion Scholar, what special opportunities have you had?
Being a Fashion Scholar gives you this fantastic sense of community within LIM. It’s this really tight-knit community, both with the other students, as well as with the faculty. Another huge asset has been the mentor I was given. The woman I was paired with is exactly who I want to "grow up" to be, and her advice is priceless. You're also given "first dibs" on school and community events. 

What internships have you done?
I completed my retail internship as a stylist at BCBG. In my sophomore year, I was an event planning and merchandising intern at a start-up called AMCONYC (where I still do occasional freelancing), as well as a wholesale intern at Showroom Delfina. That spring, I became the buying intern for Carolina Herrera. The summer after, I was a sales intern with Haddad Brands on the baby accounts for Nike, Converse, Jordan, Hurley, and Levi's. I'm now a buying assistant at Chanel. I work there part-time and hope to continue full-time after graduation. 

What kind of career are you interested in pursuing?
I plan on being a buyer, hopefully continuing in the luxury market. I’d like to find myself in the C-Suite ASAP. My goal is to become President/CEO of a heritage luxury brand. 

How do you think being a Fashion Scholar will impact your career?
Being a Fashion Scholar has taught me to expect great things of myself. This program has given me so much confidence in myself and my abilities, and I've learned more than I could've imagined. It also provides amazing connections, both within the Fashion Scholars alumni network, as well as with the faculty. I know I’ll be able to rely on those for years to come.