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FIT Design Entrepreneurs 2019

Stories – January 2019

We are excited to share that we are selected as one of the twenty-five designers for the FIT Design Entrepreneurs Program, Class of 2019.

About the Program

From the FIT DE website:

Design Entrepreneurs NYC was created in 2011 through a partnership between FIT and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the city’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth. After five successful years, the NYCEDC made a planned departure from the program, which is now continuing as FIT Design Entrepreneurs.

This free “mini-MBA” program provides selected designers with the business acumen, resources, and community to grow their companies. Emerging designers whose businesses have been open for at least one year are eligible to apply. Design categories include but are not limited to women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, accessories, and jewelry.

Each year, 25 designers accepted into the program are immersed in weekend learning intensives focused on marketing, financials, and operations taught by FIT instructors and industry experts. Each designer is also paired with a dedicated mentor to help them complete their business plan. All participants have access to FIT classes, resources, industry contacts, and events. The program culminates with a pitch event at which 12 designers compete for a cash prize to be used to execute their business plan.


Class of 2019 Designers:

Women’s Wear

Autumn Adeigbo
Marisol Arteaga, Arteaga Anita
Arzé, ARZÉ Atelier
Kathy Minh Bach and Chuong Pham, KAAREM
Danielle Fichera
Nora Gardner, Nora Gardner New York
Anitra Michelle, Anitra
Audra Noyes, AUDRA
Elena Rudenko


Stefan Ayon, STAY MADE
Dashiel Brahmann
Lisa Reali, Reali New York
Jewelry Chorthip Langese, Chorthip
Fiona Morrison, Wolf Circus
Soull Ogun & Dynasty Ogun, L’ENCHANTEUR
Luz Ortiz
Stephanie Schwallie, Castlecliff


Hope Macdonald, Hope by Hope Macdonald
Jaquelyn Wang, Apede Mod
Parisa Wang


Eree Kim, HOPP


Soni Borcar, Mei L’ange


Corey Woods, YEROC by Corey Woods



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