University of Fashion Blog

Category "Fashion Business"

Designers take the plunge into the See Now, Buy Now era

- - Fashion Business, Trends

It’s a controversial time in fashion, folks. We are not just talking the dreadlock debaucle at Marc Jacobs or the spectacle that made attendees hot under the collar (literally) this season. We are living in a time that fashion historians will one day refer to as a major shift in the way designers design, buyers buy and consumers consume. The traditional fashion cycle is being rocked to its core. Read More

How does Brexit affect us (in the US), really?

- - Fashion Business

The dust has settled from the initial shock of Brexit – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Yet what so many Brits were concerned about for months prior to the vote, we in the US just seem to be processing. How does the UK’s decision affect us? And more specifically, how does Britain’s departure from the EU affect the fashion industry both here and abroad? We break down what Brexit means for us in the US. Read More

Design for a new time

In Sunday’s New York Times Fashion & Style section, we were introduced to Manufacture NY – “a fashion incubator, factory and research facility housed in a landmark building that was once Storehouse No. 2 of the United States Navy Fleet Supply Base” in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The project is the brainchild of Bob Bland, a 33-year-old designer/entrepreneur/visionary who has been determined to develop a “21st-century garment district” after struggling to produce her own line locally. Read More

Join the social media wave – or sink

- - Fashion Business

With the Met Ball just around the corner celebrating the Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 Exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, we anxiously anticipate what fashion’s biggest players will be wearing. But this year, consider how you will view who is wearing who. Will it be via Instagram? Twitter? Snapchat? Recently, how consumers consume their information has been on the tip of the fashion industry’s tongue and certainly the top of its mind. Fashion publications have gone out of print, and even online reporting has had to revamp. Read More

The Royal Textile Treatments

Have you ever been sew, sew, sewing away and notice your fingers are bright purple from your fabric? Have your new jeans turned your light couch a lovely shade of indigo? Maybe you used the last of a bolt of fabric and are struggling to find more of the same fabric in the exact hue so that you can finish your garment. For the technical terms and causes for these common colorful challenges, read on… Read More

You Ask, We Deliver – Fashion Business Series

- - Fashion Business

We have recently had requests by our schools who teach Fashion Buying and Merchandising in addition to our corporate account, GIII Apparel Group, to post lessons which include basic information that every fashion student, designer and individual interested in working in the fashion business needs to understand. We know that design is a creative endeavor, however, emerging designers increase the viability of their businesses by understanding the following concepts presented in Basic Retail Math, Profit and Loss and Creating a Retail Merchandise Plan.   Read More

Necessary Numbers in Fashion

Math may not be what initially enticed you to become a fashion designer. As a matter of fact, you may have been actively avoiding all things math related when you decided to make fashion design your career. However, as you begin to turn your love of fashion design into a viable business, retail math concepts become increasingly important.  At the University of Fashion, one of our goals is to make you as well prepared as possible to enter the fashion industry as both a knowledgable designer and as a business owner. Read More

2014: A Year of Twists, Details, Knits, New Beginnings and Looking Back

For the University of Fashion, 2014 has been the year of new video series. For University of Fashion students, this means in depth learning in each of our disciplines. This year, we have taken our students beyond basic skills and offered lessons to stretch, inspire and encourage you to take the next step in your fashion design career. Below, find a few of 2014 series highlights, including a just-added draping video. Read More

Defining Your Path in the Fashion Industry

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing two very different women with two very different (and yet equally successful) paths in the fashion industry. My first stop was the legendary museum at FIT where I chatted with the museum’s director and curator, Valerie Steele.  I then spent some time with Vicki Tiel, a fashion designer celebrating her 50+ years in the fashion business. Read More