The Dish: New York Fashion Study Tour

If you’re thinking about going on the New York Fashion Study Tour as a summer school class, take it from someone who’s done it: it is worth every penny. Sure, you have to pay $1400 on top of summer tuition, but the experience is truly priceless. The price includes airfare, six nights at the Hotel at Times Square, a seven day unlimited subway pass, tickets to a Broadway show, admission to the FIT Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one lunch, and one dinner. Not included is the plethora of opportunities to talk to industry professionals that it would not be possible to talk to without going on the tour. If you’re not familiar with the tour, it is a three unit summer school course that includes a six night/seven day stay in New York City, plus one before and one after class back at SFSU. To prepare for the trip, each student was assigned a company that we were to visit in New York to research and present a PowerPoint presentation on. A report of your stay in New York was due at the class after the trip. Besides that, the work was based purely on participation in New York.

Our schedule was jam-packed with activities, often from 7:30am until 7:00pm. However, being in New York for only one week, I wanted to see as much as possible. The schedule was busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! It would be impossible to talk about everything we did without writing a short novel, but here is a list of some of the things we did and places we visited:

  • Ellis Island Museum
  • South Street Seaport
  • Wall Street
  • Canal Street
  • Nolita
  • Greenwich Village
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
  • Eileen fisher
  • FIT Museum
  • Soho
  • Kenneth D. King
  • ABC Carpet and Home
  • Fishs Eddy
  • Dinner with Jo and Victor Yohay
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art – American Woman exhibit
  • Madison Avenue
  • LIM College with Michael Palladino
  • Meatpacking District
  • Theory
  • Memphis (the Broadway musical)
  • Burberry
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Garment district
  • Design Works International
  • Jeffrey
  • Chelsea Market
  • M&J Trimming
  • Donna Ricco
  • Macy’s Herald Square
  • Fishman and Tobin licensing
  • Henri Bendel

Though the itinerary is very full during the day, most evenings and nights are free for you to do whatever you please (read: New York City nightlife!). The hotel we stayed at, called the Hotel at Times Square, was quite nice and included a continental breakfast. The rooms include two double beds and are assigned four to a room, but you can request who you want to room with and you don’t end up spending much time at the hotel anyways.

Each company we talked to resulted in an AMAZING experience. Most of the people we talked with were either designers or merchandisers of some sort and we were free to ask questions to these semi-famous people in the field of fashion! The areas of New York we explored were exactly where I would have gone if I had gone on my own. While much of the schedule was structured, when we arrived at the different districts we were free to go into any stores or businesses we preferred and shop our hearts out as long as we met up on time.

I now know how to get around New York City on my own and I truly feel that I got a taste of what living there would be like. Though the cost of the trip can seem like a lot to a college student, I wouldn’t trade my experience in New York for anything.

By Nicole Hom