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ITM News  -  Fall 2007






European Brands’ US Operations                              Posted: Nov. 2, 2007
Cultural differences in marketing, distributing, and building a brand

The Department of International Trade & Marketing invites you to a special discussion on international fashion brands.

Date - Time:      Wednesday, November 28th, 2007  - 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Ground Floor, “D” Building
Guest Speakers:
Peter Tannenbaum, Chief Operating Officer, Tod’s USA
Giacomo J. Corrado, General Legal Counsel, Tod’s USA, Of counsel, Corrado Montgomery, Adjunct Professor, FIT       Tod's USA



Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON — Free trade or protectionism?                  Posted: Oct. 28, 2007
Trade in the Spotlight: Issue Seen as Key One In Race for White House

The choice isn't quite as black-and-white as that in the race for the White House, but while the trade debate might be playing second fiddle to the Iraq War on the campaign trail, the issue of global commerce and the impact on American jobs and lifestyles will likely weigh heavily on voters thanks to a ballooning trade deficit, worries over the economy, a spate of recalled contaminated products from China and agitation on Capitol Hill to boost the value of China's currency. Further proof of the importance of trade and the economy to the race has come in the last two days. Democratic frontrunner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out her first major economic blueprint for union leaders and voters in Iowa on Monday, while nine Republican candidates discussed trade during their debate Tuesday in Dearborn, Mich. Clinton, who is facing pressure from rival Sen. Barack Obama on her trade record, said the North American Free Trade Agreement "is not working" and added that free trade pacts should be reassessed every five years, starting with NAFTA.   Read Article (pdf)




Student Volunteers Needed                                        Posted: Oct. 27, 2007

19th Annual Textile & Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference

Monday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 13

ITM majors are invited to volunteer at the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) annual conference at the Chelsea Piers. Four volunteers are needed for the opening reception on Monday from 4:30pm until 7pm. On Tuesday, six volunteers are needed in the morning from 8am until 11am, and six volunteers in the afternoon from 11am until 2pm. Volunteers will work at the registration desk, inside the conference auditorium, and at the ITSA booth. Business attire is required. First come first serve. Letters to be excused from class or work are available from ITM secretary, Nicole Martin, in room B429. To sign up as volunteer, send email to indicating the time spot.    USA-ITA




China's Companies Gain Word Class Status                                            Posted: Oct. 21, 2007

There’s Peril in the Parallels as China Takes a Top Spot
AS China’s ruling Communist Party gathered for its 17th National Party Congress this week, it could boast of something that would have been unthinkable in the days of Mao. China now leads the world in the number of publicly traded companies with market values of more than $200 billion. China passed the United States in that regard this year, with 8 companies among the 20 most highly valued ones in world stock markets. The United States has seven, Western Europe has four and Russia has one.   



Lecture &

Book Signing

ITM Majors and Faculty Invited                                                  Posted: Oct. 3, 2007   
A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma: Aphorisms and Diplomacy

A Lecture and Book Signing
James Geary is the former editor of TIME Magazine Europe, as well as the creator of the award-winning Time Europe website. Following the success of his New York Times bestseller The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism, aphorist Geary offers an enlightening and entertaining guide to some 350 ingenious writers, artists and thinkers, including thousands of their wittiest and most profound words of wisdom. In Geary's Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists, the author has assembled a collection of the greatest aphorists in the world. The book stretches back to the beginnings of the aphorism in the wisdom traditions of ancient Egypt and China, and it reaches right into the present day by featuring the contemporary writers and artists currently engaged in a revival of the form. Some of these aphorists appear here in English for the first time.
       Date:      Wednesday, October 10, 2007
       Time:      Registration 5:30 PM
                     Lecture 6:00 PM
                     Reception / Book Signing 7:00 PM                                     Invitation



Luxury Jeans

Luxury Jeans are not Made in China                                Posted: Oct. 1, 2007   


Everything about the luxury denim industry, which began taking root here in 2000, has a fly-by-night feel, from the esoteric brand names — Antik, Nudie, Evisu, Monarch — to the sky-high prices, which have hit $1,000 a pair. But the new business is firmly rooted in this city’s rich blue-jean past, tapping into a vast network of experienced designers, sewers, laundry houses and fabric importers who gave birth to the first generation of designer denim in the late 1970s and ’80s — brands like Guess and Hilfiger — only to fall idle when such companies moved much of their manufacturing to China and Latin America.   ARTICLE




Department of Homeland Security/JFK Airport                           Posted: Sept. 26, 2007


Selected Student Trainee will be trained in the fundamentals of customs entry, appraisement and liquidating techniques and their application; orientation in policies, regulations and practices; to help in acquiring a working knowledge of pertinent guidelines and methods; and to become familiar with the various forms, invoices and other documents used. Requirements:Basic office skills (clerical, filing, data input) and knowledge of person computers and associated software programs (e.g. word processing, database, spreadsheet, mainframe, etc.) to retrieve and sort information from files or records and to prepare documents such as letters, memoranda and statistical reports would be a plus.   Download Announcement (pdf)       DHS Website




International Jobs

International Jobs Listing                                                                       Posted: Sept. 26, 2007


The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), founded in 1984, fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada that have an international mission. The FITA International Job Career Headquarters offers hundreds of international career opportunities. International job seekers can post their resumes for free and employers can list openings at a very low cost.



Global Sourcing

ITM Adds a New Full-Time Professorial Line                   Posted: Sept. 22, 2007       


ITM is currently interviewing candidates for a full-time professorial line in global sourcing. Qualifications: An appropriate master’s degree, evidence of successful teaching of undergraduates or its equivalent, a forward looking global perspective, leadership qualities, and strong ability to work in a collegial environment. Requirements: ten years’ executive experience in international sourcing in the fashion industries to develop “international sourcing” as a rigorous academic discipline and to teach other courses offered by the department. Successful candidate will serve as ITM’s liaison to the Office of Admissions to meet the department’s recruitment targets every semester and will provide academic advisement to ITM majors.

To apply email resume to:                        Job Opportunities at FIT



ITM visits Cotton Incorporated in Cary, North Carolina

Winning Teams of The Cotton Board Contest                         Posted: Sept. 21, 2007 


The latest two winning teams of The Cotton Board contest in the ITM class IN322 Global Marketing, visited the headquarters of Cotton Incorporated on August 2007. More than twelve teams competed in two classes to earn tuition scholarships and the trip to Cary. The latest winning teams are:

- Fall 2006 Winners Team South Korea: Vanessa Blanco, “Tia” Sanghee Choi, Colette Davis-Texier, “Alex” Hyunsuk Kim, and Mary Micallef.

- Spring 2007 Winners: Team Shanghai: Josephine Chiang, Yao Li-Mazzeo, Laura Makla, Fin’es Scott.  See Album



Become an ITM Tutor

For All ITM Disciplines                                                       Posted: Sept. 21, 2007 


FIT's Academic Skills Tutoring Center is searching for ITM juniors and seniors who have completed ITM courses with good grades to tutor new students. Tutors meet with students on a one-to-one basis and develop studying strategies to complete a semester successfully. For more information, see Professor Debby Levine in room B824, or call (212) 217-7865.



NYC Menswear Fashion Designers

NYC Menswear Designers                                                         Posted: Sept. 15, 2007     


Sophisticated European shoppers traveling to New York City to take advantage of euro-dollar exchange rates, are surprised to find a renaissance in menswear fashion design. A recent newspaper article says that "young designers are cropped up in New York creating a look that combines the arch stylishness of European labels with the comfort and class of American style." Thom Browne, Michael Bastian, Tim Hamilton, Adam Lippes, Marcus Wainwright , and David Neville are some of the young fashion designers that are making New York City a strong player in the growing menswear fashion world. Read article.



An Exciting Academic Year

An Exciting Academic Year                                                               Posted: Aug. 31, 2007


The academic year of 2007-08 we are starting now, promises to be an exciting new beginning for ITM. Professor Christine Pomeranz has been elected as the new Chairperson and is planning to take the department through its next five-year strategic growth plan.  Professors Emre Ozsoz (Economics) and Daniel Benkendorf (Psychology), both from the department of Social Sciences, have accepted to serve as ITSA Faculty Advisors, after Professor Guillermo Jimenez submitted his resignation as club advisor on August 20th. Nicole Martin-Lewis has become our new department Secretary and brings in much experience in helping students from her previous position at FIT's dorms. Eighty new ITM students have joined the major this semester!!



ITM goes to Panama!

Last Call...                                                                                                   Posted: Aug. 31, 2007


The deadline to submit applications for the elective course IN492 Practicum which, this time will travel to Panama on January 2-22, is September 5. Participants will cross the Panama Canal by ship, and learn about the country's history, commerce, international trade, and place in central America. To learn more about this field trip for ITM majors, visit the Practicum's web site.




International Trade Student Association (ITSA)                 Posted: Aug. 31, 2007


All ITM majors are invited to become actively involved in the International Trade Student Association (ITSA), the student organization that represents all ITM majors. ITSA organizes field trips, and annual dinner to honor our alumni, and a graduation ceremony to individually recognize each ITM senior in their last day at FIT. ITSA meets every Tuesday, during the clubs hour, in room A644.  For more information, visit ITSA's website and contact Bridget Connolly, ITSA President.



Roger Caracappa

Talking Trade @ FIT                                                                    Posted: Aug. 31, 2007


Once again, the ITM Advisory Board has planed an outstanding speakers program for ITM majors to learn about trends and career opportunities. This program runs in the fall and spring semesters. The Fall 2007 "Talking Trade at FIT" series has been organized by Mr. Roger Caracappa, Executive Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., ITM Advisory Board Member; Ms. Laura Jones, Executive Director, USA-ITA, ITM Advisory Board Member; Prof. Lourdes Pena, Internship Counselor, FIT's Internship Center; and Prof. Christine S. Pomeranz, ITM Chairperson.  See Fall 2007 program.



APL Logistics

Fall 2007 ITM Field Trip                                                        Posted: Aug. 31, 2007

All ITM majors are cordially invited to ITM's FALL 2007 Field Trip to American President Lines’ (APL) shipping facilities in their New York Container Terminal in Staten Island on Thursday, October 4th. We'll depart from FIT at 12:30pm and be back around 5pm.This field trip has been organized by Ms. Daria Kilkeary, Executive Director of National Accounts at APL Logistics. There is limited space; please sign up by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7, through Ms. Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM Secretary, Room B429.


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