Parsons and nycedc Announce Third Annual
Fashion Campus NYC

Signature Event Taking Place July 22-24 Introduces Talented Students and
Young Professionals to Business Careers in the Fashion Industry

Uri Minkoff, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff, to Deliver Keynote Address

Fashion Campus NYC

NEW YORK, July 10, 2013—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Parsons The New School for Design today announced the third annual Fashion Campus NYC, which will take place July 22-24, 2013, on the Parsons campus.  Fashion Campus NYC provides next-generation fashion and retail management talent with exposure to opportunities on the business side of the industry. The event will feature a keynote address by Uri Minkoff, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff.

“By offering students and young professionals the opportunity to work with top names in the fashion industry, the next generation of fashion professionals will be cultivated in New York City,” said NYCEDC Executive Director Kyle Kimball.  “Fashion Campus NYC will help to ensure that New York City remains the fashion capital of the world.”

Fashion Campus NYC offers professional education and networking opportunities to some of the most promising and ambitious students in New York City, and for the first time this year, young professionals also were eligible to apply for the program.  The goal is to educate participants about the variety of business-focused career paths available to them and to introduce them to influential figures in the City’s fashion industry.  In doing so, the program seeks to inspire talented individuals to pursue careers in New York’s fashion industry, thereby maintaining and enhancing the City’s position as a global fashion leader.

"Fashion Campus NYC provides young professionals with the opportunity to network and explore the business side of the fashion industry," said Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers.  "Through our work with NYCEDC, Parsons is extending one of its core values — providing students and emerging professionals with the means to pursue successful careers in design, and supporting the industry through a strong talent pipeline."

In addition to the keynote address by Uri Minkoff, the 2013 Fashion Campus NYC will include an evening of career path workshops presented by professionals in marketing, public relations, buying, merchandising, e-commerce, product development and more.  The program will also consist of an industry panel to give participants insights into how to build an exciting career, as well as a networking dinner and reception with company representatives and industry executives looking for the next generation of fashion business talent.

“Building a great fashion company requires both design talent and business talent,” said Uri Minkoff, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff.  “Cultivating business leaders through programs like Fashion Campus NYC guarantees that we can continue to grow and innovate as an industry.”

Uri Minkoff plays a leading role in the business aspect of Rebecca Minkoff.  He also pioneered the company’s industry-leading social media efforts, helping build Rebecca Minkoff into a global lifestyle brand with a wide range of accessories, footwear, apparel, handbags and jewelry, as well as men’s leather goods under the label Ben Minkoff.  The brand is distributed in over 800 stores worldwide.  On March 1, 2012, Rebecca Minkoff opened its first free-standing boutique in Tokyo and will be unveiling its first U.S. flagship store in SoHo in the next few months.

Fashion Campus NYC is one of six initiatives that resulted from Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 plan, which is designed to sustain and grow the fashion industry in New York and help the City build upon its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital.  In its first two years, Fashion Campus NYC has brought together nearly 400 students from more than 100 universities and hundreds of companies, as well as fashion industry representation from more than 25 New York-based companies, including Armani Exchange, Gilt, Lord & Taylor, Calvin Klein, Macy’s, and many more. The program continues to grow, attracting an increasingly global group of participants and more companies every year.  Due to the success of Fashion Campus NYC, Parsons and NYCEDC also launched Fashion Draft NYC, which, for the past two years, has brought to New York some of the top fashion business students from across the country to interview for management-track positions within the fashion industry.

The fashion industry employs 175,000 people in New York City, accounting for 4.8 percent of the City’s workforce and generating $2 billion in tax revenue annually.  In addition, the City is home to one of the world’s largest wholesale fashion markets, which generates more than $72 billion in wholesale sales annually.  The Fashion.NYC.2020 initiatives address the industry’s challenges in two ways: by further positioning the City as a hub of innovation for emerging designers as well as specialty and multi-channel retail, and by attracting the next generation of design, management and merchant talent.  The industry chairs for Fashion.NYC.2020 are Richard Darling, Vice Chairman of LF USA & LF Europe; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, Founder and Chairman of Gilt.

For more information, please visit http://fashioncampusnyc.com.

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

About Parsons The New School for Design
Parsons The New School for Design is a global leader in design education, with programs that span the disciplines of design and the fine arts. With the launch of the first fashion design program in America in 1906, Parsons is credited with the rise of Seventh Avenue, the epicenter of American fashion. Parsons offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design, Associate Degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing, and a Master of Fine Arts Program in Fashion Design and Society that was initiated through the support of Parsons alumna Donna Karan. Parsons has educated generations of leading American fashion designers, including Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, Tracy Reese, Narciso Rodriguez and Anna Sui; and rising talents Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam, Ohne Titel, Thakoon Panichgul, Proenza Schouler, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons.

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Ian Fried,
NYCEDC
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