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Enterprise Studies and Digital Design / FIT

Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Panel/Networking includes coffee/desserts   more info 1d 14h 38m $25.00 $0.00

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Designer Insights: Sales, Showrooms and Pop-Ups

Finding the right sales channels for emerging designers is a constant challenge. Each business is different and there's no one right answer in today's ever-changing marketplace. In this panel, you'll hear from established NYC fashion brands as they share their experience, lessons learned and watch outs. We'll touch on keeping up with the fashion calendar, working with major retailers, boutiques and non-traditional sales outlets. Designers will share how to be economical with a small budget and tips on working with service providers such as showrooms and sales reps.

Keep the conversation going over dessert and coffee with panelists and fellow designers.

6:00-6:30 - Arrivals and networking

6:30-8:00 - Conversation and Q&A

8:00-9:00 - Networking

Your Moderator:

Melissa Hall, founder of The Emerging Designer - 

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Melissa Hall is the founder of The Emerging Designer, a marketing consultant and instructor at FIT. She has worked with a variety of fashion brands, organizations and retailers to help grow their business and build a fashion community. 

Meet your Panelists:

Shahla Karimi, Founder of Shahla Karimi -

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Shahla has worked in product strategy and merchandising for some of the world’s most esteemed brands and campaigns. She produced multiple apparel collections for Vogue and the CFDA, working with over 50 leading designers including DVF, Victoria Beckham, and Alexander Wang. She also served as Director of Merchandising for President Obama’s re-election campaign.  She launched her namesake brand in 2015 and shortly after founded AU Showroom, a designer-run accessories press and sales showroom. 


Carrie Morrisey, Founder of I Still Love You NYC   -

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Carrie Morrissey is the founder of I Still Love You NYC is a laser cut acrylic jewelry and accessories brand designed and produced in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  ISLYNYC has made its mark with recognizable and iconic statement pieces, collaborations with other labels such as DKNY, and its extensive work with celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azeala, Tegan and Sara and Tyra Banks. ISLYNYC has wholesaled with large retailers such as Nordstrom and Nasty Gal, boutiques domestically and internationally and regularly takes part in pop ups in New York and Philadelphia.


Megan Balch and Jamie Barker, Co-founders of Flagpole Swim -

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Flagpole is a luxury women's swim and coverup brand based in New York City.


Kathlin Argiro, Founder of Kathlin Argiro  -

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Passionate about sharing her experience as a fashion designer and entrepreneur, Kathlin is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology.  A mentor to countless students, Kathlin has been selected to lead high profile projects for First Lady Michelle Obama and for the Charles James exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. She also was included in an elite group of professors to develop special fashion programs for ZSTU, a prestigious fashion University in China. 

A frequent speaker on fashion entrepreneurship, Kathlin has been a panelist at NYU, Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business, Mount Holyoke, Fashion 2.0, Womensphere, Ladies Who Launch, and The Washington Fashion Group. She is also a mentor at XRC Labs, an accelerator for the next generations of disruptors in retail and consumer goods at Parsons School of Design and DENYC’s mini MBA program for fashion entrepreneurs at F.I.T.

Kathlin Argiro Collection dresses have been featured on the TODAY SHOW, THE VIEW and What Not to Wear. In addition, they have been featured regularly in top national magazines including Vogue, InStyle, Women's Wear Daily and more.

This event is specially priced thanks to a generous grant from SUNY.



Have questions about FASHION BUSINESS ESSENTIALS PANEL AND NETWORKING at FIT? Contact Enterprise Studies and Digital Design / FIT

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Dubinsky Center
27 Street at 8 Avenue
8th Floor Alcove
New York, NY 10001

Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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