The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) have teamed up to make a handful of select New York City based fashion designers into business forces to be reckoned with. Olivier Green is one of just thirty-five designers who have been selected for the inaugural class of Design Entrepreneurs.
The Design Entrepreneurs class is an intense summer long program for emerging fashion designers. The selected designers will learn business basics, create a marketable business plan with the help of FIT professors, and have the chance to present these plans to investors and leaders within the fashion community. The selected designers will have unlimited access to all of FIT’s resources and fashion icons will meet with designers and serve as guest lecturers.
More than one hundred and sixty-five fashion hopefuls applied to be part of the program. Of these just thirty-five were selected. The designers picked to be part of the program hold degrees from the most prestigious fashion design schools around the globe and have been running their own companies for at least a year.
“We are very pleased to welcome this creative group of designers to the program,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, at a press conference about the new program. She later added, “There’s no question that it takes talent to be a designer. However, talent isn’t all it takes to find success in the marketplace. A firm understanding of business principles and practices is also a necessary component. This program will help these designers add business skills to their portfolio.”
In many regards the program is perfectly matched for designers like Olivier Green. Green, who started off studying architecture before switching to fashion design, is no new comer to the fashion industry. Green studied at leading design universities around the globe before rocketing to fame as one of the designers selected to compete on “Project Runway: Season Nine.” Green was able to turn his “Project Runway” fame into a fully funded Kickstarter.com campaign that helped him raise the start-up capital he needed to create his self-named fashion line and set up his Brooklyn based studio.
This past spring Olivier Green showed “Force,” his latest collection slated for A/W 2012-13, during New York Fashion Week. There was a wildly positive response to the galaxy inspired prints and clean modern lines of the collection. Click here to see a full look book of Olivier Green’s “Force” collection.
The Design Entrepreneurs class at FIT begins the first weekend in June and will continue through September. Other New York City based designers who were selected for the program along with Olivier Green include Alice Alan, BazzdeGrant, Helen Sanchez, Jes Wade, Kahri by KahriAnne Kerr, and Mimi Plange among others.
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