FIT has made its presence in the sustainability arena known to a whole new audience by participating in February at Sourcing at MAGIC, a major trade show held twice a year at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Every February and August, the retail industry convenes at MAGIC as a way for participants to link to the global supply chain and experience a comprehensive fashion marketplace featuring apparel, footwear, accessories, and manufacturing. FIT’s booth. which was part of the manufacturing sector of the show, highlighted some of the college’s sustainability projects, including AlgiKnit, #GROWAPAIR, muslin composting, and the growth of dye plants Indigo and Coreopsis using the muslin compost.
FIT’s participation at MAGIC raised the profile not only of the college, but of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, with the booth attracting considerable interest from attendees. FIT staff on hand were Steven Frumkin, dean of the School of Business and Technology; Deborah Beard, associate chair, Technical Design; Mario Federici, associate professor in Production Management – Fashion and Associated Industries; Ken Lam, director, Alumni Engagement and Giving; and Ajoy Sarkar, associate professor, Textile Development and Marketing.