FIT in the News – December 16, 2022

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.

Rain Coats
Preeti Arya, assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, offered tips on shopping for a rain jacket, such as prioritizing what features are important for casual everyday usage.


Fashion Fakes
Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, The Museum at FIT, on fashion fakes: “Faking has been done for millennia. The deliberate attraction to artificiality in fashion is a very sophisticated way of looking at fashion objects. Whereas deliberate copies are just a phenomenon of economics.”


Makeup Brand Collaborations
Stephan Kanlian, associate chair, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, on makeup brands’ collaborations with late artists’ estates: “Whether the celebrity is currently active in their field or not, there’s a shorthand that exists with the ‘look’ and palette of a highly celebrated and media-visible celebrity that gives the consumer an ability to recreate famous looks or a style with which they identify, or find aspirational.”

Leonard A. Lauder Endowed Scholarship
Leonard A. Lauder, former chairman of global cosmetics giant the Estée Lauder Companies (ELC), announced a one million dollar scholarship at FIT to be awarded yearly to four undergraduate Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing (CFM) students. “FIT graduates contribute significantly to the creative and business economy, including the beauty industry. I’m thrilled that even more future leaders in the cosmetics and fragrance industry will be able to get their education at FIT through this scholarship,” said Lauder.

Fashion United

Sustainable Beauty Packaging
Virginia Bonofiglio, assistant professor and associate chair, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, on sustainable beauty packaging: “The need for sustainable practices in creating, manufacturing and packaging beauty products was at the forefront of their thinking when it came to being innovative. The need for sustainability in everything we do is no longer a possibility; it has become an absolute necessity.”

Holiday Merchandising Displays
Shelley E. Kohan, associate professor, Fashion Business Management, on holiday merchandising displays: “The goal in any design is to get shoppers to spend more money than they planned to.”

Return of J. Crew
Vincent Quan, chair, Fashion Business Management at FIT’s SUNY Korea Campus, on the return of J. Crew: “Once they hit their stride, it will be exponential. Keep an eye on them.”

Business Insider

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors
Financial Times (United Kingdom) (Italy)

Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop
Modern Luxury Manhattan
Sourcing Journal
Grazia USA