FIT in the News – December 11, 2020

The Division of Communications and External Relations is pleased to share FIT in the News, which reports selected highlights of news stories about the college and/or that quote the college’s experts. These stories will be accessible for at least seven days by clicking on the links below.

Adobe Analytics Challenge
A press release distributed via PR Newswire announced that a team of all-female business students from FIT took third place in the Adobe Analytics Challenge 2020, an annual phased competition for teams of undergraduate and graduate students. Using Adobe Analytics products and access to real-world data, the teams competed to build business recommendations for leading global brand Nike. This year, for the first time, the competition expanded beyond the United States, and attracted more than 1,600 teams from around the world.

The article was picked up by 119 outlets, including dozens of affiliate stations websites of NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX.

Art Smith Memorial Scholarship
The Art Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the influential mid-century modernist New York City-based black jewelry designer, and created by a group of 50 jewelry industry brands, joined forces to fund a $50,000 Endowment at FIT that will create ongoing scholarships and mentorships to support black students attending FIT’s Jewelry Design program. (United Kingdom)

Pandemic Dressing
Shawn Grain Carter, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on the decline in popularity of dresses during the pandemic: “We have seen dresses as a category become less important. The dress has been jettisoned, along with the nightgown.”

Laundry Tips
Nomi Dale Kleinman, chair, Textile/Surface Design, on if you should launder new textile purchases prior to first use: “I always recommend it. Textile products may have stray chemicals from the production process in addition to starches used to keep the clothes crisp while shipping, packaging, or hanging in the store.”

Sweatpants: Love ‘em or hate ‘em
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, on America’s love/hate relationship with sweatpants: “There is an element of fat-shaming in the dislike for sweatpants.”

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