Lindy Fox won’t graduate from FIT’s Fashion Design program until 2017, but her designs have already appeared on Macys.com.
Credit her entrepreneurial spirit and a stroke of serendipity. Fox, who worked in knitwear production for Tory Burch before matriculating at FIT, submitted her portfolio to Nineteenth Amendment, a website that features collections by emerging designers. The garments are available at a discount during a 19-day presale, after which they are produced in the Garment District and shipped to buyers. This innovative model gives young designers a way to sell their work without prohibitive up-front costs.
Here comes the serendipity: On August 31, Macy’s announced a partnership with Nineteenth Amendment, which will eventually include exclusive access to presales at Macys.com. Lindy Fox’s ensembles can be seen on Macy’s landing page Macys.com/nineteenthamendment which leads you the Nineteenth Amendment website.
Fox’s first collection, which debuted earlier this year, derived from her 2014 entry for the Fusion Fashion Show, a competition between FIT and Parsons students. Her fall/holiday collection, on sale beginning November 11, borrows from her 2015 Fusion entry. The colors and style lines of the wool and metallic leather garments are inspired by “ocean-tossed redwood driftwood” from her home state of California, whereas the silhouettes are designed for urban adventures.
She finds herself juggling the demands of Nineteenth Amendment and a full courseload of eight subjects—but she says she’s thrilled to see where it takes her. “I would not have expected this to happen to me while I was still in school!”