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Students Create Installation for Major Apparel Industry Trade Show

Junbeom Chun and KiBeom Kim painting Local Loft structureA design brought to life by four LIM College students served as the pavilion for Local Loft, a special zone within the Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA Show, which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan July 23-25.

Visual Merchandising majors Maggie Canty and Abigail Daigle created a digital model of Local Loft and Fashion Merchandising students Junbeom Chun and KiBeom Kim were responsible for selecting the building materials—eight-foot beams and fabric panels—and ultimately constructing the space. The students worked under the direction of LIM Visual Merchandising professors Grailing King and Patti Jordan.

A collaboration between Fashiondex and Messe Frankfurt, Local Loft featured 12 different factories and suppliers appealing to brands in need of domestic/local factories and sustainable production services.

student local loft design"The students sought to create an engaging space that is lofty, fashion-forward and enticing to the thousands of industry professionals attending the show," said Fashion Merchandising faculty member Andrea Kennedy. "The nonstop pace of the design and construction work has provided the students with an experiential learning opportunity and great real-world experience."