12-Year Olds Prepare for Future Retail Fashion Careers


Wearable technology, 3-D printing, pop-up retailing, and “citizen stylists” are just some of the trends in the retail fashion industry. To help young people prepare for the ever-changing fashion business, FashionCampNYC, an 8-year old summer program, has introduced two new programmes to their 2015 schedule.

Fashion Week Camp from FashionCampNYC is a one-day intensive experiential program, during which “campers” ages 12-18 get exclusive tours of both a shoe showroom and a full-service embellishment factory, and hear from executives about retail fashion career options. The programme is limited to 15 spots.

Fashion Tech Talks is a series of tours and field trips over one week that teaches tweens and teens the basics of retail fashion – from branding to merchandising to fashion journalism. Previous speakers have included designer wunderkind Isabella Rose Taylor and executives from Neiman Marcus, Sam Edelman, and Theory, as well as fashion publicists, stylists, and bloggers.

Says Gordon Josey, Founder and Director of FashionCampNYC, “We’ve heard from parents that kids are preparing for college, fashion school, and retail fashion careers at a very early age. Our programs expose Fashion Campers to so many different career options and give them amazing networking opportunities. We’ve invited them to runway shows, book signings, and other events in the off-season and are now formally expanding those opportunities and creating an all-day intensive program – that’s fun and educational!”

Founded in 2007, FashionCampNYC is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at LIM – The College for the Business of Fashion. It offers four five-day extensive fashion programs exploring the world of retail fashion led by some of New York’s top fashion industry professionals, as well as special programming year-round. Campers develop their own brands, hear from industry professionals and taste-makers, and visit retailers, showrooms, and fashion exhibits around New York City. Teen campers from all over the world entering 8th through 12th grades attend the summer fashion camp to get a jumpstart on their careers in retail fashion.


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