• Adam Sternbach

    Part-time Assistant Professor


    Professional Experience

    • Head Designer for product development, branding and concept design for multiple consumer categories including fashion apparel, fashion accessories and jewelry, gifts and home décor, as well as in store displays.
    • Design director for several fashion companies ranging from full collections of fashion accessories, jewelry and handbags in addition to menswear and womenswear; androgenous/unisex clothing and accessories, and have been featured in several magazines and catalogs, in addition to a number of national museums. 
    • Overseas and domestic (made in U.S.A.) sourcing experience with product development in apparel, fashion accessories, jewelry and home accessories; years experience world-wide with importing/exporting, manufacturing and sourcing from SE Asia, India, Thailand, China, and Mexico as well as Europe.
    • Designer of fashion accessories and coordinator of buying/merchandising for a domestic retail chain, operating 11+ stores (Metropolitan Deluxe)
    • Fashion, color trend forecasting and product development consultant for premier domestic and international retail operations, national manufacturers and overseas retailers
    • Owned and merchandised a gift/accessories boutique on Upper East Side for 8 years, adapting to consumer demands, fashion trends and accent on bridal.
    • Guided students towards many fashion awards and recognition, including multiple CFDA Awards (13 years), consecutive YMA awards (menswear), a numbeer of Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarships, GAP and Bannana Republic awards, and a number of Parson’s Best Designer of the Year Award recipients.


    Most of Adam’s signature collections are made in the U.S.A. with natural and ecologically sustainable components.  Some popular aspects of his designs revolve around his attention to materials, details and strong concept of community.  Adam’s new REPO collection, for example, has components created from recycled/repurposed denim.  ASD, Adam’s design company, also promotes possibility within the New York metro community by making job opportunities available for homebound people to make or package merchandise on their schedules from their homes. This is providing income along with elevated self-confidence for these individuals who are unable to join the workplace in traditional ways. With a big heart for giving back to the community, Adam and his company also contribute part of the sales of proceeds to needy children’s and women’s organizations both locally and nationally.


    For further insight into Adam Scott and ASD, the following links may interest you:

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    Degrees Held:

    BFA from Parsons School of Design

    Professional Affiliations:

    Product Development

    ·       Neiman Marcus

    ·       Bergdorf Goodman

    ·       Barneys (New York and Japan)

    ·       Saks Fifth Avenue (including Folio)

    ·       Henri Bendel                                   

    ·       Bloomingdale’s

    ·       Nordstrom

    ·       Horchow (including catalog)

    ·       Felissimo

    ·       Harrods

    ·       Victoria’s Secret

    ·       Crossroads Accessories

    ·       Made-It Accessories

    ·       Juan Scott Accessories


    Performances and Appearances:

    Trade Shows as Designer of Fashion Collections with Local and National companies for which i am collaborating.

    Trunk Shows as Fashion Designer of ASD Collections purchased and promoted by retailers at their store locations.

    Museums Retail Shops as Fashion Designer of ASD Collections added to their retail offerings and catalogs.

    Research Interests:

    • Recycling in Fashion
    • Repurposing in Fashion
    • Sustainable Fashion
    • Global Impact of Fashion
    • Global Communities and Resources
    • Fashion Communities


    Awards and Honors:

    Designer of the Year by Earnshaws Magazine