New York Becomes Classroom for Colorado State University Students

Thirty-eight Colorado State University students will learn about the interior workings of the fashion industry when they travel to New York City March 7-12.

The New York Study Tour is a course offered by the department of design, merchandising and consumer sciences at Colorado State. The week-long trip gives students insight into apparel design, production and merchandising, and brings them together with representatives of major companies in the industry.

"This is one of the few opportunities to get into the heart of the fashion business," said Tina Malcolm, Colorado State merchandising major who will go on the tour. "As an individual, it would be hard to talk with so many influential people, but through the university and its reputation, we’ll have the chance to begin building connections."

The tour will be led by Colorado State faculty and retired faculty, and will include tours of fashion design and manufacturing companies including Nicole Miller, JCrew, Miss Erica and Saks 5th Avenue. Students also will visit Fitzpatrick Design, a cutting-edge architectural firm specializing in retail stores design, and Fairchild Publishing, a company that publishes the major trade journals for the apparel industry. Representatives from each company will discuss their own work as well as company operations.

The tour will also include a meeting with Colorado State alumni working in New York City and trips to the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Broadway production of "The Lion King."

"The course gives students real-world exposure to the multitude of career opportunities available," said Molly Eckman, trip co-organizer and associate professor in the department of design, merchandising and consumer sciences. "Students interact with people who are working in the industry, and return from the tour full of new ideas for their own futures."

Colorado State’s New York Study Tour began in 1972, and later became the first of the university’s tours to be designated as an official course.