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Business - Over a month ago, at FIT’s fashion merchandising management (now fashion business management) program’s Annual Alumni event, all I heard from the keynote speaker and the attendants — professors and the former students — was...
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Fashion - Everyone wants to predict the future. In the technology and business space, there have been white papers that talk about the future of “X”: retail, technology and digital. Though there are many reports that talk about high-level...
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#NYCTech -  High heels may be the most inconvenient item that’s in style, especially in NYC where you can hit a pothole, sink into a subway grate, or even trip in embarrassing fashion. With high heel related accidents on the rise,...
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#NYCTech - Deborah Lloyd, chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, joined Pavan Bahl, Marc Raco and Liz Bacelar on location at the Fashion, Culture and Design UNCONFERENCE in New York City Start With a Great...
Quality Control Specialist Tim Russell uses a specialized micrometer to measure of machining performed at Port City Group’s Port City Castings Corporation manufactures high-pressure aluminum die-castings, mostly for the automotive industry, in Muskegon, MI, facility on Wednesday July 20, 2011.  Port City Group boosted its employment by 12 percent over last year thanks to two Rural Business Guaranteed Loans totaling $9.6 million. In its 80,000 sq. ft. facility, machines that range from 800 – 1,600 tons, and cast A380 aluminum alloy products from melted ingots of aluminum, into automotive components of U.S.A. made vehicles.  The process features a variety of robotic presses; computer controlled machining; quality control facility; and complete measurement and testing laboratory. In 2009 banks were backing out of loans for PCG equipment purchase agreements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee helped make the loan possible with its guarantee. PCG obtained the needed robotic and other equipment. This resulted in a stable workforce that has since grown. When asked about their USDA experience, Port City Group Sales Manager Laura LaGuire said, “It was great! They were very helpful. Everything that came up was handled smoothly, the money came in place when it was needed, and it was a very smooth transition.”  USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Advice - During a recent episode of Fashion Is Your Business, with Nora Levinson and Soyoung Park of Caeden, Pavan asked Nora to walk through the process of getting their headphones and/or their bracelet manufactured. Despite advances...
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#NYCTech -  If you are running a pop up shop and you can’t stand the amount of work it takes to get a space to pop up in, you are not alone. It can be a hassle to secure a venue and your resources are limited, but this company is doing you a...
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#NYCTech - Are you sick of shopping at fast-fashion retailers? Do you want to maintain a look that is on-trend, but still unique? Online retailer Shoptiques, which sells a curated selection of apparel from international boutiques, might just...
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Fashion - I have been surrounded by fashion entrepreneurs for well over a decade now.  I have noticed that the key driving force that motivates them is a dream. In order to make that dream a reality, it takes hard work and constant focus on...
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#NYCTech - For the past 15 years, Made in NYC has created events that support and promote locally manufactured products. The initiative, which previously helped the food and interiors industries, is expanding its repertoire to include...
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Advice - So you are interested in joining the fast, crazy and amazing world of fashion tech, but how do you break in? It seems like a cool industry, but with all of the new technologies coming out it can be tough to keep up. I found that to...
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#NYCTech - Young professionals and entrepreneurs clad in casual, trendy attire like button downs and jeans, maxi dresses and designer sneakers gathered in Soho for the Northside Innovation meetup recently.To commemorate the start of...
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Fashion - “Enabling technologies” is a term that people rarely use when attempting to tell a grand and seductive story in the fashion world. Companies that create these lower level tech products, also known as General Purpose Technologies...
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#NYCTech - Entrepreneurs, techies, and fashion mavens sipped on champagne filled with strawberry vodka-filled pearls while six female tech-powerhouses spoke about how to succeed in the constantly changing industry at the recent Decoded...
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#NYCTech - If you have not heard of the brand Rebecca Minkoff, you are probably familiar with the motorcycle-inspired, zipper-adorned shoulder bags that grace the shoulders of young women ages 18-30 all over the country. Rebecca and her...
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Fashion - The use of fashion weeks and runways has been discussed a lot this New York Fashion Week. There’s a prevailing sense that these institutions and concepts are being followed increasingly less because they work, but out of...
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Advice - So you’re interested in joining the fast, crazy and amazing world of fashion tech, but how do you break in? It seems like a cool industry, but with all of the new technologies coming out it can be tough to keep up. I found that to be...