Love style, have an interest in merchandising, or a desire to work in textiles and fashion marketing? The dynamic, creative, and challenging world of fashion has a variety of career opportunities. The Fashion Merchandising program combines fashion
studies with business courses to prepare students for positions in resident buying offices, fashion manufacturers, designer showrooms, retail stores, fashion publications, and other firms associated with the fashion industry.
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Welcome to Fashion Merchandising!
Our Fashion Merchandising program will teach you the business side of the Fashion Industry. We focus on buying, textiles, visual merchandising, fashion technology and giving you the tools to start your own fashion business. You will also have the chance to take a design elective or gain valuable hands on experience through our internship program. Our Fashion Merchandising program will prepare you to transfer and continue your education, or jump directly into the workforce.
Finally, as Curriculum Chair, it is important for you to meet with me early on in the semester. It is helpful to review your course selections together to ensure curriculum requirements are met and that you follow an efficient timeline to get the most out of the program and your experience here at Westchester Community College.
Please contact me if you have any further questions: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 606-5632.Curriculum Chair: Karen Schlusberg
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Office location: Gateway 344
Department/Division: Fashion Merchandising
Title(s): Curriculum Chair
Degree Information: MBA
Karen Schlusberg is a seasoned fashion educator, philanthropist, style industry executive and successful entrepreneur best known for her keen sense of style and community generosity. With both a Bachelor’s degree and MBA in Marketing from Iona College, Karen has harnessed her love of fashion into the field of higher education. While teaching fashion merchandising at Marist College, Karen created “Fashionology”, a fashion student run store. Most recently as interim curriculum chairperson of Fashion Merchandising at SUNY Westchester Community College, Karen has developed strategic partnerships with FIT and high school programs, and is considered a mentor among students during her six years as senior adjunct professor of fashion.
Karen has successfully parlayed her ability to grow the bottom-line as CEO and founder of 13-year old Maize Boutique, winning “Best of Westchester” for three years in a row. Additionally, Karen has partnered with both Eileen Fisher and Operation Prom to offer student opportunities to give back to the community and become socially responsible style leaders.
Prior to her entrepreneurial and teaching endeavors, Karen was an executive of product development at such major corporations as Liz Claiborne where she led design teams both domestically and abroad. Karen’s financial acumen was well known in the apparel industry where she consistently increased profit and was able to grow and develop new categories and opportunities for each of her companies.
Karen’s commitment to fashion at Westchester Community College is always a student-driven passion and includes such numerous initiatives as Miami Fashion internships, style newsletters and the exciting fashion shows and events on campus.
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