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ITM News

Posted: Feb 28, 2014

(See attached scholarships for deadlines and criteria)

• World Trade Week Scholarship due Monday, March 17th
• PVH Scholarship due Monday, March 31st
• New Times Group Scholarship due Monday, Monday, March 31st
• Ralph Lauren Scholarship due Monday, Monday, March 31st
• Gemini Shippers Association Scholarship due Monday, Monday, March 31st

Sample Scholarship Questions

Completed application must be hand delivered in both hard copy and UBS/CD forms to the ITM Department Secretary at room B-429 no later than 3 p.m.

Posted: Feb 15, 2014

 Kim Dabagian, ITM 2013 Moves Full-time to Production and Applies Lessons from ITM


I am a Production Coordinator for One World Apparel LLC in Los Angeles. We design, manufacture and distribute Missy, Plus and Petite apparel for women. The accounts I work on include Kohl’s, Kmart/Sears, Cato and Mark’s. My daily job requirements for major factories include: issue & maintain purchase orders, maintain Work in Progress reports, generate reports for packing breakdowns/ratios to ensure the factories understand how to pack appropriately based on individual procedures for each account, track and receive Fit/Pre Production/Top of Production samples, request and review all garment and fabric test reports until garment receives passing scores, approve care labels and joker labels, notify our factories of all damaged goods found after our Quality Control department reviews bulk garments, which results in a chargeback to the factory. Most importantly, I use LDP and FOB everyday! It brings me right back to Mrs. Pomeranz’s classroom where I learned the terms and so much more for the very first time.

Posted:  Jan 17, 2014

Talking Trade @ FIT Spring 2014 Guest Lecture Series

Lessons from a Global Sustainability Leader
Thursday, February 20, 2014
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
FIT’s Employee Dining Room
Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove

In collaboration with the New York District Export Council and United States Department of Commerce

International Trade Issues
Friday, 2 May, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FIT’s Employee Dining Room
Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor Alcove 

Posted:  Jan 17, 2014

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Posted: Dec 20, 2013


ITM is very pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Temika Walker as the first recipient of the newly established Charles Hertzig Foundation ITM 2014 China Study Abroad scholarship. The Committee included Prof. Lawrence Delson, President of Delson International and arranger of the donation; Prof. Donna Sharp, Co-founder of Sharp Global Partners and ITM advisory board member; and Jade Huang, outstanding ITM alumna and co-founder of StyleSage.

The judges were impressed with Temika’s demonstrated interest in China as immortalized in her application as well as Asian Studies Liberal Arts minor, her robust volunteer experiences, and her tremendous drive to juggle full-time professional responsibilities as well as academic challenges while raising her children, who are equally excelling in school.  The committee saw this scholarship as essential to facilitating Temika’s study abroad.

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Posted: Dec 20, 2013

Temika I. Walker and Karla Andrea Simsch Are Chosen as the Second Recipients of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship


We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of long-time outstanding ITM advisory board member and donor, Tom Pollak, President of Tallyho Creations and Pollak Import/Export, Elizabeth Hodur, also an ITM advisory board member, exceptional FIT alumna as well as Director of International Trade at Ann Inc., and exemplary ITM alumna and faculty member, Prof. Amanda Barlow, Director of Marketing of ATA Carnet at the United States Council for International Business, have chosen Temika I. Walker and Karla A. Simsch as the second recipients of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship.


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Posted: Oct 25, 2013

An evening with Latin music, song, dance, cuisine, and culture was organized by Prof. Guillermo Jimenez as a special event in connection with FIT Diversity Council's quest to increase awareness of different cultures. Prof. Jimenez is surrounded by some of the students who attended the event held at the Great Hall on 15 October, 2013

Posted: Oct 15, 2013


FALL 2013 FIELD TRIP to Tommy Hilfiger's Headquarters

ITM students visited Tommy Hilfiger's headquarters to meet with Catherine Walsh of Tommy Hilfiger Foundation and Lisa Bressler, Director of Marketing for Latin America. 

They learned of the company's history, its present and future marketing plans, as well as its internship and careers opportunities.

Posted: Oct 1, 2013

ITM Chair and Advisory Board Member Meet Nobel Peace Prize Winner

ITM chairperson, Christine Pomeranz, met Dr. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work in microfinance, at an event organized by Glasgow Caledonian University. 

They touched on his proposed Garment Industry Transparency Initiative, which seeks to set comprehensive standards on labor conditions. 

Prof. Donna Sharp, ITM faculty and advisory board member, also attended.



 Posted: Aug 26, 2013

Talking Trade @ FIT Fall 2013 Guest Lecture Series 

Navigating Customs Clearance
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FIT’s John E. Reeves Great Hall, at 28th Street and 7th Ave


Careers with a Conscience:  Working in Global Social Responsibility
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheater, at 27th Street and 7th Ave

 Posted: Aug 26, 2013

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 Posted: May 20, 2013


 ITM is proud to announce that the Selection Committee has chosen Samantha Cicarella, Stephanie Sadé Fernández Fuentes, and Wilnecia Rochester as recipients of the 2013-2014 The Warnaco and PVH Group scholarships. The Committee included Guy Vickers, President of The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation; Les T. Hall, President of Core Brand Intimates at PVH Corp.; Eric Hertz, Vice President and Director of Education at International Council of Shopping Centers and ITM advisory board member; Steven Hurwitz, Senior Vice President at Tumi Corp. and ITM advisory board member; Joanne Krakowski, US Operations Manager and Director of Creative Cotton Spin at Trident Group and ITM alumna; and John Garcia, Project Lead-Ad Sales at NBC Universal, former recipient of The Warnaco Group, Inc. scholarship, and ITM alumnus. 

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  Posted: May 13, 2013

An “a ha” moment is described as a sudden realization or inspiration, a moment of clarity, or a defining moment.  Tara Hoey had one of those moments when she was a student in Professor Shireen Musa's IN323 Import/Export Regulations class in 2002/2003. This class sparked her interest in compliance. Fast forward to today, and her title reads “President and Founder” of a U.S. Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding company.

Tara graduated from ITM Magna Cum Laude in 2004 and immediately landed a job working for a Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder in the JFK area. The skills that she learned in ITM helped Tara to secure the position. In 2007 she obtained her Customs Broker License.

Her credentials were in demand and Tara moved on to another opportunity, serving as the Import Manager for a $225 million division of a large pet company.  In 2009 she was promoted to Import Export Manager and the following year she became the head of the Regulatory, Quality Assurance, and Research and Development departments.

The entrepreneurial spirit struck Tara in June of 2011 and she started her own company, TreOrra.  TreOrra is a Customs Broker and Freight Forwarding company located on Long Island.  According to Tara, "starting a company is definitely the hardest thing I have done, but it is also very rewarding."  She now has two full-time employees and her business offers services from customs compliance consulting to project cargo account management. She says that it has been a great journey. Tara hasn’t forgotten that spark of interest from Professor Musa’s class and thanks her for "helping me see my vision.” Tara adds, “thank you for teaching and continuing to teach and lead students to their full potential.”

Tara Hoey

 Posted: May 13, 2013


We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee, composed of David Uricoli, Senior Director of Human Rights Compliance at Ralph Lauren Corporation and ITM advisory board member; Mike Cottell, Senior Vice President of Menswear at Ralph Lauren Corporation; Fariba Jalili, Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Diane Von Furstenburg, ITM Advisory Board member, and outstanding ITM alumna; Paul Magel, President of Computer Generated Solutions and ITM Advisory Board member; Sara Eisman, Associate Equity Research Analyst, Energy & Metals, at MLV & Co. and exceptional ITM alumna; and Analeesa Stieha, Customs Compliance Coordinator at Louis Vuitton and excellent ITM alumna, has chosen Danna Hall, Kayoko Hashimoto, and Yoona Kim as the recipients of academic year 2014’s ITM Departmental Scholarships and Samantha Douglas as the recipient of the 2014 New Times Group ITM Scholarship.

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Posted: May 1, 2013

Gemini Shippers Association ITM 2014 Practicum Scholarships Awarded


We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of long-time ITM supporter, donor, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee ITM advisory board member, Sara Mayes, President of Gemini Shippers Association, Prof. Nick Barratt, Educator, ITM advisory board member and outstanding alumnus 1997, and Michelle Weiss, International Enterprise Singapore, New York, Co-President, Organization of Women in International Trade, as well as exceptional ITM alumna 2009, have chosen Kathleen Su as the recipient of the 2013-2014 Gemini Shippers Association Academic Scholarship and Daria Azolova as the beneficiary of the Gemini Shippers Association ITM 2014 Practicum Scholarship to Brazil.

Gemini Shippers Association is a long-time supporter of ITM students, having donated more than $130,000 to the ITM program.

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 Posted: Apr 30, 2013

Kayoko Hashimoto, President & Profressor Jean Amato, Advisor
Asian Student Network

My name is Kayoko Hashimoto and I am ITM student from Japan. I am the club president of Asian Student Network at FIT because I am enthusiastic about all cultures. I was  born in Japan and moved to Shanghai when I was 9 years old.  At first I could not speak Chinese so it was a totally different world. But, I gradually began to love learning about difference; art, traditions, food, lifestyle, heritage, music, fashions and people. This big transition made me eager to learn more about other cultures in both the East and West and cultivate a worldwide perspective. FIT has an outstanding program and is located in a cosmopolitan city for internationally minded individuals who can act as bridges for global connections.

The Asian Student Network connects students from various majors and various ethnicities at FIT to create a stronger sense of community both on and off campus. ASN is a community of students interested in all aspects of Asian fashion, language, food, business, entertainment, and culture. I lead ASN members and the Executive board to build and maintain relations with groups and organizations outside of ASN. This semester, the club organized an Art of Kimono lecture and demonstration event sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan National Tourism Organization. Due to its huge success and excellent feedback, ASN is hoping to organize a “FIT student Kimono art design competitions” at FIT,

Because I have the cross-cultural knowledge and experience with Eastern and Western markets necessary to succeed in a global environment. I am passionate about bridging the fashion cultures of the East and West to show that there are underlying similarities and vast differences which can be reconciled in a universally accepted school of fashion as well as utilizing Eastern and Western resources and knowledge through an interchange of ideas. Thus I am honored to represent the Asian Student Network.



 Posted: Mar 19, 2013


ITM Student, Wilnecia Rochester, Elected FITSA Executive Treasurer 2013-14

 Before I go any further let me introduce myself, my name is Wilnecia Rochester. Some of you may have seen me around campus with my long "Poetic Justice" braids... (so I have been told), or maybe you've seen me helping out at various events for Student Life's SVCS office.

I am pleased to announce that I am now your newly elected FITSA Executive Board Treasurer for 2013-14. This means that as an International Trade and Marketing major, I get the make a major contribution towards to growth and development of the 70+ clubs around campus. This major step within my student career goes to show that the presence of ITM students around campus is expanding rapidly throughout various FIT departments. Over the next few weeks I look forward to familiarizing myself with FITSA's government. I cannot wait to start getting to work and showing all of FIT how much of a contribution the ITM department makes towards the FIT student's college experience.

Wilnecia Rochester

 Posted: Mar 13, 2013

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Posted: Mar 13, 2013

Through the fundraising efforts of the ITM Advisory Board, The Warnaco Inc. Group (“Warnaco”) has endowed, in perpetuity, two scholarships to cover educational expenses for Fall and Spring semesters.  We are now accepting applications for the Warnaco and PVH Group Scholarship for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

Led by Mr. Joseph Gromek, former President & Chief Executive Officer of Warnaco, and ITM’s 2006 Executive of the Year honoree, this scholarship was generously endowed by Warnaco Group (now PVH) and its business associates.  The endowed fund will finance scholarships for two students for educational expenses per school year in perpetuity.  In the past, the scholarship has ranged from $5,000 to $5,768 for each recipient.  The scholarship is for full-time ITM students with a strong scholastic record and visible volunteer work at ITM, FIT, the industry and/or the community.  NOTE: On February 13, 2013, PVH completed its acquisition of the Warnaco Group.  Supplemental funding for the scholarship is now provided by the PVH organization.
Through the fundraising efforts of the ITM Advisory Board, The Warnaco Inc. Group (“Warnaco”) has endowed, in perpetuity, two scholarships to cover educational expenses for Fall and Spring semesters. 

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Warnaco and PVH Group Educational Scholarship for 2013-2014
Deadline:  3:00p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013

Posted: Feb 28, 2013

ITSA Presents: A Global Business Event on
"Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain"
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
John E. Reeves Great Hall

Discussion on corporate ethical standards in the supply chain in light of recent tragedies and experiences in the fashion industry.

Hatun Aytug, Senior Vice President, Product Management Warnaco,
Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear
Melissa Pagan, VP Assistant General Counsel, Warnaco
Marianna Fundator, Managing Director, RELIANCE BRAND MANAGEMENT, LLC.

Nicole Lorden, ITSA President

$1 suggested donation with FIT ID
$3 suggested donation without FIT ID

This event has received FIT's Sustainability Council's Stamp of Support!

Great source for networking!!

Posted: Feb 26, 2013

  Alberto Gomez, ITM alumnus, commenced his new position at Britannica Home Fashions as its sales representative.  His responsibilities include overseeing shipments, product development & conception, as well as account management. 

In his own words, Alberto said, " It almost gives goose bumps because so much if not everything I learned at FIT in the ITM program I will be using here in my new position."

Posted: Feb 26, 2013

Sojourner A. Edmonson-Sealy Is Chosen as the First Recipient of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that the Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of long-time outstanding ITM advisory board member and donor, Tom Pollak, President of Tallyho Creations and Pollak Import/Export, Bob Eisen, also an ITM advisory board member and supporter as well as Partner of Baker and McKenzie, and ITM student leader, Nicole Lorden, President of the International Trade Student Association, have chosen Sojourner A. Edmonson-Sealy as the first recipient of the Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China Scholarship.  She is replacing Rachel D. Mazzuchi Swiderski, who is not able to make the trip.
Sojo also received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship in line also with her semester in China.


The committee especially appreciated the thoroughness of Sojo’s application, in which she cited how the semester in Shanghai would enable her to deepen her knowledge of the manufacturing process as well as gain professional contacts in China and eventually contribute to starting her own clothing business.


As an ITM student, Sojo and a team of three other Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology students represented FIT at the World Retail Congress Competition in London where they presented a futuristic avante garde retail concept, a detailed business plan for it, and draft of the physical environment to The Warnaco Group, Inc., sponsor, and industry.


In addition to her major, Sojo earned an Associates in Applied Sciences degree in Fashion Design, having graduated Cum Laude from the program. She was a “Fashion Remix” teacher at the Curious Jane Blue Tree Summer Camp; production assistant at SUNO Fashion Show and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti Fashion Show in New York City as well as the Betsey Johnson Fashion Show in Atlanta, Georgia; and sales associate at Hancock Fabrics as well as Victoria’s Secret in Montgomery, Alabama.


Sojo was a member of FIT's Fashion Design and Step Clubs, volunteered for the Student Life Haiti Earthquake Relief effort and Atlanta Homeless Shelter for Women and children, and was a model dresser for the Kevan Hall Fashion Show. 


We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Sojo as our first Jean and Henry Pollak ITM Study Abroad in China scholar.

 Posted: Feb 15, 2013

  Prof. Henry Welt Earns his Certificate of Continuous Employment (CCE)
Prof. Henry Welt was awarded CCE status for completing severty-two hours of teaching in the ITM program.  Author and developer of the popular IN423 Global Marketing of Luxury class, Prof. Welt has also participated in the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series, formed ITM's mentoring program, and provided  opportunities for students to collaborate with industry.  Please join us in congratulating Prof. Welt for a job well done!

 Posted: Feb 15, 2013

The Faces of Fashion New York City: Christine Pomeranz, FIT
Independent Films, Women, Interviews 

This episode of The Faces of Fashion series features Christine Pomeranz, Professor and Chairperson of the International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City.

Prior to becoming the Chairperson of ITM, Prof. Pomeranz was an international banker for twenty years, most recently with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (“ANZ”) as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Structured Trade Services for the Americas.

Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
Production: Alexey Levchenko, Semyon Maltsev

For More Info About FIT: Fashion Institute of Technology

ABOUT International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries at the Fashion Institute of Technology:

In this Bachelor of Science program, you’ll learn to navigate the complex global marketplace, including the financial, legal, logistical, and intercultural aspects of importing and exporting. You’ll study international finance, business strategies, fashion law, and market research strategies. Classroom studies are supplemented with visits to corporate, customs, finance, and government offices.

Studying with faculty who work in various segments of international business, you’ll experience firsthand the real-world activities of global businesses, and graduate prepared to work in international trade and global fashion companies.

 Posted: Feb 15, 2013

Intern Wanted for World Fashion 4 Development Africa 
May possibly lead to full time employment! 

World Fashion 4 Development is the non-profit arm for Fashion 4 Development. Established as a non-profit in June 2011, WF4D exists to harness the power of the global fashion industry to develop human resources and promote education and social integration to increase awareness and funding for job creation in countries with a historically slower rate of economic development.

WF4D works to support the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, promoting economic development, humanitarian cooperation, environmental awareness and social responsibility by using fashion as an avenue for global development. As part of its efforts, WF4D raises money for a scholarship that serves to educate and train individuals enabling them to harness the power of fashion to empower their communities to build a sustainable future.

The intern will work closely with the World Fashion 4 Development Africa Co-Chair, Roberta Annan and her team. He/she will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of World Fashion 4 Development Projects and will be responsible for researching and gathering information for WF4D Co-chair, coordinating events with the World Fashion 4 Development Africa Team, communicating with organizations and companies that World Fashion 4 Development Africa works with, etc. 

The intern will also have a chance to work on The Giving Back Bazaar which takes place in Seoul, Korea in March of 2013. 

The Giving Back Bazaar is a two-day fashion fundraiser showcase featuring individuals, corporations and organizations in the fashion industry who are currently working towards economic development in Africa. Participants will include luxury brands such as Chanel, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton in addition to World Fashion Grand Prize honorees whose work in promoting development through fashion are in support of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

This exciting event will also include a Charity Couture Gala Dinner Show featuring collections from some of Africa’s most prominent fashion designers.

HOURS:  10-15 Hours per week. Intern may be able to work from home at times, depending on the project that they are assisting with. 

Vogue Italia is our official media partner and Franca Sozzani, the Editor in Chief is the Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development. 

This is a great opportunity for fashion students to work with people in the field and to gain access to influential figures in the fashion industry. This internship may lead to a full time employment opportunity as we grow the World Fashion 4 Development Africa Team! 

Interested candidates can contact Kanika Singh at kanika918@gmail.com.

PLEASE VISIT www.FASHION-4-DEVELOPMENT.com for more info about the organization 

Please Visit the links below for more information on Roberta Annan and WF4D Africa:  Roberta Annan's feature in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zandile-blay/roberta-annan_b_2397592.html - Roberta Annan's feature in Vogue Italia: http://www.vogue.it/en/uomo-vogue/people/2012/05/roberta-annan

Posted:  Feb 11, 2013

See blog written by Nicole Tan, ITM 2013, about ITM and her experience at FIT in general at

 Posted: Jan 29, 2013

Talking Trade @ FIT Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series

Careers without Borders
Thursday, February 28, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
8th Floor Alcove, Dubinsky Center


South East Asia:  The Next Engines of Growth
Thursday, May 2, 2013
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Lagary Board Room, 9th floor, Marvin Feldman Center


 Posted: Jan 29, 2013


ITM@FIT Group LinkedIn page is an emerging forum for graduates and students of the International Trade & Marketing (ITM) program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) where you can stay connected with alumni, seek advice, and follow industry trends as well as share and learn about jobs leads.

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