BY KYRA BACON
The Fashion Academy visited New York City from December 5th to the 9th, to learn about the industry and talk to executives.
The students attended many conferences that gave them insight on how the fashion world really works. They also got to meet professionals in hospitality, tourism and sports administration. Regina Martucci, from Fashion Institute of Technology, in particular was a big inspiration to the students.
“The students got to meet with a lot of executives from various companies up there, and they learned about marketing in a foreign market,” Fashion Academy teacher Linda Snider said. “Brazil, as it turns out, is very popular in the fashion world.”
Ten students in level 2 and 3 classes attended the field trip. During their stay, students toured the city, stopping by several of NYC’s main attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Macy’s and the Empire State Building. The Fashion Academy also visited Madame Trussad’s museum and learned about how the market in NYC compares to others around the world. Shopping was also on the itinerary for the 5-day trip, including window-shopping at Macy’s and doing a thorough scope of SoHo.
“There was one store we walked into that was full, from floor to ceiling, with buttons and sequins and accessories,” Snider said. “I think all the students were amazed.”
Last year was the first time that the Fashion Academy held this trip. The schedule was the same, due to the fact that most kids only attend once.
“Last year was really fun, so I decided to go again this year,” senior Fashion Academy student Lexy Lopez said. “It was definitely worth missing all that school, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I love NYC.”
All in all, the Fashion Academy students enjoyed their time in the Big Apple, while both having fun and learning about a possible future career.
“NYC is the fashion hub of America,” Snider said. “The students really embraced the city.”