Phyllis Fein has a unique blend of industry expertise and teaching experience as the current chairperson of the Fashion Merchandising program at SUNY Westchester Community College and the Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. Phyllis began her fashion career as an Associate Buyer for Women’s Designer Clothing at Saks Fifth Avenue after graduating from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. After completing her MBA, also at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Phyllis began a career in Brand Marketing, first at Playtex Products on the Infant Care business and then as New Product Development Marketing Manager on Banana Boat Suncare. She then entered the Marketing arena of Beauty and Cosmetics Branding specializing in New Product Development Marketing. At L’Oreal, Phyllis was the Director of International Product Development of skincare, hair care, and hair color and then at Estee Lauder, she was Director of Makeup Marketing working on Color Cosmetics and Fashion Statements.
Phyllis’ teaching career at Westchester Community College is a great synergy of her love of the creative business world and as a way to enjoy the modern thinking and share new ideas with students. She has edited and published academic texts and text supplements for Marketing, Retail Management, Fashion Merchandising & Advertising textbooks. Phyllis continues to be very active in the world of fashion as a Board Member of FIT’ Textile’s Marketing Program.
Her philosophy of work and play is: “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
Elizabeth Egan has rich experience in the Fashion Industry. After completing her education at F.I.T., Elizabethbegan her career as an assistant textile colorist with Liz Claiborne, Inc. DuringElizabeth’s time at Liz Claiborne, she became Senior Textile Colorist and traveled extensively across theFar Eastto source materials and evaluate maintenance of quality control standards. While at Liz Claiborne Elizabeth styled colors and prints for product development and manufacturing.
After joining the Design team at Evan-Picone, Elizabeth coordinated fabrics for women’s sportswear. While at Evan-Picone she cultivated and maintained productive relationships with international manufacturers to facilitate timely product development.
Elizabeth then joined the Design team of Tweeds, Inc as the fabric buyer. At Tweeds, Inc.Elizabethexecuted product development activities for the women’s sportswear company by conducting extensive research in both domestic and overseas markets. Her attendance at European trade shows to evaluate emerging market trends and identify opportunities for cost-effective material sourcing was an integral part of developing the product line.
Elizabethnow shares her industry experience in teaching and engaging students atWestchesterCommunity College. Elizabethintegrates interactive “workshop” classroom activities to bring the fashion industry into the classroom.
Elizabeth’s favorite motto-“Do what you love!”
Professor Lea Bolotin, Fashion Designer
Lea started here design career at Chaps Ralph Lauren as an outerwear designer and quickly got progressively more responsibility with head design positions at Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, DKNY Kids and many other leading fashion companies. Lea’s specialty is in graphics, seasonal concept development and fabric development in the kids and junior marketplace. With her breadth of knowledge overseas and domestic, Lea is the expert design professor teaching Apparel CAD and other technical design courses. Including designing using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator 9.0. Lea is a 1993 graduate of Syracuse University’s Fashion Design BS Magna cum Laude.
Professor Ronald Burg, Textiles Executive
As principal owner of Infinite Textile & Design inc., Ron has designed and developed fabrics in China, India, Taiwan, etc. with major manufacturers in the branded and private label sector of Men’s, Young Men’s and Active Sports Wear. He is involved in total sourcing with textile mills overseas and travels within China and India to visit production centers twice a year. Additionally, Mr. Burg worked for Men’s Warehouse in the capacity of wardrobe consultant in 2007 while building my business.
Ron’s prior experience was as Director of West Coast Sales at THREADTX INC where he managed the men’s wear fabric cliente for Japan, Korea, India and Taiwan bringing in revenues of up to $5-6 million per year. Prior to that, Ron was Senior Account Executive at Biltmore Textile Company.
Ron holds a degree in Marketing Management from Bernard Baruch College of City University of New York.
Professor Sandy Hapoienu , Editor/Stylist/Fashion Consultant
Born and bred New Yorker Sandy Hapoienu is known for her sharp eye and her trend-setting sophisticated style. Her work ranges from fashion styling for print media, film and advertising campaigns, and runway to creative concepts for editorials. She has produced shoots from start to finish including scouting locations, hiring of crew, photographers, hair, makeup and editing designer product lines.
With an extensive background in buying and merchandising, Sandy has a knack for knowing what’s hot and hip–from fashion to tabletop and everything in between. This savvy built the foundation for her freelance editorial and photo stylist work. Over the past seven years Sandy has become well known for holiday gift guides, as well as columns and features, including but not limited to: Tips and Trends, Fantastic Finds, Objects of Desire, The Ultimate Fantasy Shopping Trip.
Currently she is the market editor and writes a monthly column called, “Tips and Trends,” for The Wag a luxury magazine in New York. She is also a contributing editor for Westchester Magazine, Westchester Weddings, Westchester Home, Impressions and Images Magazine and The Journal News. The advertising campaign was seen in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure, and W. She covers all the major shows in New York from Bryant Park to The New York Gift Show. Her expertise covers fashion, beauty, home, weddings and accessories.
The press has coined her, “Sandy, Stylist Extraordinaire.” Sandy’s strengths lie in her intuitive ability to pull the “right stuff” together that make models, celebrities and real people look and feel great.
Sandy’s energy and professionalism knows no bounds and is fueled by the love of her work.
For over 30 years, I have been a part of the Retail Industry as a Merchandise Manager or Buyer. My experience includes working for a Department Store, Corporate Office, Category Killer, Off Price Retailer and an E-tailer. The areas of merchandising responsibility that I have include Missy Sportswear, Intimate Apparel, Kids and Accessories.
Currently, I am a full time Professor teaching Buying, Merchandise Planning and Control, Retailing and Marketing. Teaching allows me to bring into the classroom my knowledge and real life experiences in order to better prepare students as they enter the industry.