Join us on Saturday, November 3rd in Roessner Hall for the 7th Annual Business of Fashion Forum. The day will feature informative sessions and networking with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. The event includes additional break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon with a closing keynote by alumna Caroline Vazzana ‘14, freelance stylist and media consultant, and author of the recently released Making It in Manhattan: The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the World of Fashion, which will be available for sale at the event. Purchase a signed copy and congratulate Caroline on her amazing success. The all day event costs $10 and includes lunch.
2018 Business of Fashion Forum Speakers:
Chelsey Ayres '10 is a freelance stylist based in the Greater Philadelphia area and has been working in the creative industry for almost 10 years. Chelsey graduated from Albright in 2010 with a B.A. in Fashion Design and Merchandising. After graduation, she was the off-figure photographer and stylist for Boscov’s until 2012. Since then, and a few other fun jobs in between, Chelsey has created her own styling business. She now works “full-time” as a freelance stylist focusing on still life and home styling. Sourcing clients independently, her clients include Hudson’s Bay Company, Two’s Company, and House Beautiful. She works primarily with teams in photography studios creating images for catalog and e-commerce purposes. She loves to go to flea markets and antique shops to search for unique pieces for her home and photoshoots.
Patrick Wilson is a menswear designer and owner of PCB Designs, LLC. He’s been designing for Robert Graham since 2007, and has been integral in launching brands such as Mack Black Label and Dime City by Mercury Mfg. Co. In addition to designing and branding, Wilson is directly involved with sourcing and travels frequently to South America and Europe to work side by side with the mills and manufacturers. Patrick recently launched his own brand, Black House Academy which can be found online and in various retailers around the country.
R. Scott French’s experience in the fashion industry ranges from retail and wholesale to design and production. He has designed under his own label since the late 1980s, and previously designed his namesake collection of men’s and women’s sportswear until 2009. French is an active member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and a New York runway regular in his capacity as co-founder and editor-in- chief of TheFashionList.com, a fashion media site that compiles the schedules and reports from New York, London, Milan and Paris. His media credits include appearances on Bravo, NBC, Fox News, Style, TLC, among others, as well as a myriad of worldwide printed and online sources. French’s work has been published in seven books including IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA, published by Abrams. He is a member of the faculty at Parsons School of Design and serves on the National Advisory Board of the Kent State University School of Fashion. A tireless advisor to hundreds of former students and a mentor to countless others, French currently holds the position of Creative Director at The Bromley Group, a leading fashion, lifestyle, and social media PR agency in New York City.
Stephanie Reyes '14 is the Senior Fashion Stylist at Boscov’s. She styles models for look books, magazine, posters, Ads and Seventeen magazine. She is required to complete the final look, reach the target market, manage the studio efficiently and collaborate with her team to book models between ages 2-60 years old. She networks with professional models, designers and business leaders in the Fashion industry. Prior to landing her dream job as a professional Fashion Stylist, she worked as a Visual Lead and National Store Opener for Charming Charlie. Stephanie graduated from Albright in 2014 and was a former coach and player for the Albright Woman’s Rugby Team.
Grace Holbink '12 is a CAD Textile Designer at Iron Mountains, LCC. After graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in Fashion Design, she worked for a small lingerie boutique in Cape May, NJ. In 2014, she began work at Perform Group, LLC in York, PA and starting as a seamstress, eventually worked her way up to Quality Assurance Technician and Technical Sketch Artist. At Iron Mountains, LCC in Morgantown, PA, she started out as the Fashion Assistant Coordinator, helping the Head of the fashion department. But after showing her artistic skills, she was promoted to a CAD Textile Designer and works with the patterns and fabrics that go on products (baby products: strollers, swings, playyards, etc.). She uses both purchased artwork along with creating her own artwork to use on pieces.
Lynne Howells '84 has worked for Boscov’s for 28 years and currently serves as vice president, divisional merchandise manager for Window, Decorative Home, Lamps, Luggage, Pet & Collectibles. Boscov’s is currently celebrating its 100-year anniversary, and is America’s largest family-owned department store. Howells received a bachelor of arts in English, business and communications in 1984 from Albright College, where she was active in the Domino Players and as the editor of The Albrightian. In 2005 she served as an adjunct instructor in fashion.
Vickie McShea '11 works for New Holland Apparel as a Product Development Manager, working on one of their largest customers, Nike. After graduating from Albright College in May 2011, she started working for New Holland Apparel as a Product Developer until 2012. She then went to work for David Yurman in New York City as a Product Developer for High Jewelry and Bridal Collection. In 2014, she went back to New Holland Apparel. She specifically focuses on trim development for NFL, NCAA, and NBA License jerseys.