28 Days of Black Fashion History: Byron Lars

Designer Byron Lars

Some have called his clothes ‘quirky, yet classic’. Jeffrey Banks called him ‘the African American Christian Francis Roth’. And while adapting menswear into fabulous, fashionable and impeccably cut garments, Byron Lars likes to refer to his sportswear as ‘twisted American classics’.

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Who, What, When, Where and Why Tech Pack

If you’re a fashion designer actively working in ready-to-wear, you are probably very familiar with tech packs. And if you aspire to work in fashion or start your own line, you’ll need to become familiar with them. So in today’s blog post, we’ll discuss the 5 “W’s” of tech packs: what it is, who creates them, when they’re used, why they’re so important, and lastly, where you can get a great tech pack template.

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Four Illustrator Tools to Make Your Fashion Sketching More Efficient

We all know the fashion industry is fast paced. Heck, for many of us, fast paced describes our lifestyles. So as we continue to evolve and learn to keep up, we also need to find the tools to help us adapt to that crazy pace.

For fashion designers who use Adobe Illustrator, not only does that mean drawing in an efficient manner, keeping your skills up to date and making use of the existing shortcuts, but it also involves using Illustrator’s panels and functions in a more effective manner.

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The Art of the Fashion ‘Hustle’

Woman scratching her head and looking at job search sketch

I recently had the opportunity to meet with one of my former students who had just graduated from FIT. As we caught up, she asked me a series of questions about working in the industry. One of them was (and I’m paraphrasing somewhat), “How do you ‘hustle’?” We both chuckled, but I knew what she was talking about. I recall watching a talk hosted by FIT with designer and self-proclaimed hustler, Dapper Dan, and costume designer for the Netflix series, “The Get Down”, Jeriana San Juan who also referred to herself as a hustler. Both recounted stories of their unusual paths into the world of fashion and how they leveraged their resourcefulness to create a lane for themselves that would help advance their careers.

Today’s fashion job search (any job search really) can sometimes feel like a hostile environment if you don’t learn to embrace it, be flexible and become a bit of a hustler. More importantly, you have to get creative with searching for a new gig, as creative as you would be in your work because these days, opportunities lie in some unexpected places.

So how does a newbie get their hustle on in this new-fangled job market? Here are some tips that I find have worked (and still work) for me. Continue reading “The Art of the Fashion ‘Hustle’”