Guest Speaker: Diane Anton, Entrepreneur & UD Alumna
Diane Anton, UD81, will be the guest speaker in FASH218, Introduction to Fashion Business on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Ms. Anton worked many years for Bloomingdales in several capacities including Assistant Buyer, Department Manager, Branch Coordinator and Buyer of Women’s Shoes. In addition, she opened several retail boutique stores in New Jersey as well as developing a clothing line for the Men’s United States Golf Open Tournaments and the USGA. She has also done freelance work. Currently, she has two children attending UD!
Passionista Fashion Truck
On Thursday, Oct. 15 from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m., the Passionista Fashion Truck and its owners, Liz Carter and Jena Baffone, will be “pulling in” to UD and the FASH218, Introduction to Fashion Business class. After a short presentation by the two owners, the truck will be open for business and will be parked in the Deer Park lot.
Elizabeth Miller Carter is a 1988 graduate of the University of Delaware in Political Science. She worked in government for 12 years as a marketing and special events professional. For the last 17 years she has been involved in a variety of non-profit organizations such as the Junior League of Wilmington, Opportunity Center, Serviam Academy for Girls, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and others. She teamed up with Jena Baffone in April of this year to launch their business, The Passionista Fashion Truck.
Jena Baffone has had a sense of fashion from her early years. She graduated with a BA from the University of Delaware in 1991 and worked ten years for a credit card company. She has volunteered with many organizations including the Junior League of Wilmington. She has opened stores such as the Delaware Furniture Exchange and a mini-boutique of vintage purses, jewelry and women’s accessories. She and Liz are very excited to bring their mobile store to UD!
Guest Speaker: David Loranger, PhD Student in Apparel, Merchandi
On October 23, students in Introduction to Fashion Business will have the pleasure of engaging with a guest speaker, David Loranger. David Loranger is a PhD Student in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at Iowa State University, where he researches cultural aspects of dress. His dissertation topic centers on Scottish kilt makers' traditional knowledge process, and the potential for establishing a certification mark or protected geographic indication for Scottish kilt making. He has a 20-year career that spans the design and retail sides of the apparel business, and has been a menswear merchandise manager for Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Bergdorf Goodman. He is currently a Lecturer-teaching retailing, marketing, merchandising and textiles at Philadelphia University. He has also taught supply chain management and retailing in the Graduate School at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Student designs in MakerWear collection
Designs by three students, Carmela Dow, Erika Relyea and Elizabeth Weglein from Martha Hall's FASH 133 Fall course have been selected to have their original designs included in a MakerWear collection:
MakerWear is a clothing company that makes hats, bags, and T-shirts sold at Target, Kohls, and other major retailers. They were interested in design submissions from our students to use on their products. This MakerWear project opportunity was incorporated into FASH 133 last semester. The students' original designs will appear on MakerWear shirts, and are included in the buying presentation for Kohls next month. The students will receive royalties on any sales of their designs.