Back in October 2012, LFA took a group of 15 girls into New York City for a fashion industry trip. We left at the buttcrack of dawn Friday morning (6 am) and left New York right before Hurricane Sandy hit Saturday evening at 5.

Despite only being there for a short period of time, our 30 hours in the city were jam packed. We first went to Ross Stores for an informational meeting with the college recruiter, planning analyst, and recent Babson graduate, Edlyn. Edlyn first interned at the company last summer and was offered a job afterwards as an assistant buyer. It was great to see a familiar face and hear about her experience in the fashion industry. After we went to the Katherine Hepburn exhibit where many of Hepburn’s costumes and personal apparel were displayed. It was interesting to see how style has changed and evolved from then, but at the same time you can still see hints of the current trends being influenced by ones in the past. For dinner we met with Sammie, our previous president and another recent alum from Babson. Afterwards we had some free time on our own to explore the city that never sleeps and get some shopping in.

The next morning we woke up bright and early to get a tour from Mood Fabrics (think Project Runway!). It’s insane to think that the contestants from the show only get 30 minutes – 1 hour to pick out their fabrics since there is so much stuff in the 3 floors at Mood. It was quite overwhelming. Afterwards we rushed over to FIT for a speaker event with Hal Rubenstein, the editor at InStyle Magazine. I felt like this event was the highlight of the trip. He spoke about his book 100 influential dresses and pulled out key dresses which he felt like had the greatest influence during that time period and combined it with his hilarious commentary. Part of the package with the speaker event was free entrance into the FIT museum afterwards. There we saw another Babson alums work being presented, Mr. Michael Bastian. His designs were featured in their temporary exhibit called Prep. Prep was about the clothing style from the 1950’s to present times at the Ivy League universities. Most of the clothing was ridiculously preppy, hence the name Prep, but I was awesome to see a Babson alum’s clothing line being displayed.

After this, we had a bit more free time to wander the city before we headed back to Babson. Overall it was inspiring to see all these Babson alums that studied at a business school but somehow made their way into the fashion industry and found success at it too.

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Kat, Amanda, and I having lunch at a gorgously decorated restaurant.

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LFA girls with Hal Rubenstein after his book talk.

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Jewels at Mood