Inside The Industry: Everything You Need to Break into Fashion

, Fashion Designer, Graphic Artist & Brand Developer

This class is inspired by a lecture at Pace University in Winter 2012, where I condensed everything the fashion industry has taught me over the past 10 years into 1 ½ hours. This is NOT Project Runway…and nothing you have ever seen on TV will prepare you to break into the industry quite like this.

Perfect for aspiring designers of any experience level, you will leave this class with a (1) clear, realistic picture of the fashion opportunities available and (2)an organized action plan to get started today.

You will get:

  • A comprehensive introduction to all levels of NYC fashion, from couture to designer to corporate
  • A practical how-to guide, with handouts and real-world examples, of how to .score your 1st fashion internship or job
  • Professional advice and contact info from specific companies & agencies that helped to jump-start my career
  • An overview of freelance design as a great introduction to corporate brands and finding the perfect company for your skills, interest and personality
  • Discussion on The Indie Route - "Should I launch my own line instead?"

There will be an open Q&A at the end of class, with plenty of time for individualized questions, so feel free to bring all your burning questions and we'll clear up many common misconceptions about the fashion industry in NYC. Additionally, the learning doesn't end at the end of class! Ever since my days of teaching at 3rd Ward, its my pleasure to give you my personal contact info so that if anything pops up in the week after class, we can work on it together. 

My goal with this class is to help EVERY student get closer to their dream fashion internship or job. Forget the economy, the only collateral that really matters in fashion is TALENT.

Bob Bland

Fashion Designer, Graphic Artist & Brand Developer

Nelis Parts is the COO + CFO of Manufacture New York. WIth over six years of financial industry experience, he brings significant project management and financial savvy to the team. Nelis began as an advisor to companies on mergers and acquisitions in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he provided finanical modeling and strategic advice to companies on deals valued $300 million to $1.5 billion. 

After Goldman Sachs, Nelis joined a startup hedge fund in Boston, Stockbridge Investors, where he evaluated and invested in over 100 publicly traded securities. Moreover, Nelis setup the operations and training procedures for new analysts join Stockbridge from undergraduate degree programs. 

Nelis went on to get his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Operations and Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing.

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