This past Wednesday, September 9, members of the LIM Community gathered to celebrate and acknowledge a few of the many talented students that are enrolled here at LIM College. At this year's "Fashion's Night In," not only could attendees shop at booths from the college’s best student vendors, they could also attend the viewing of the FGI Fall 2015 trend forecasting video, listen to interactive panels from New York, Milan, London, and Paris, and enter to win a variety of different prizes. At the Joe Fresh booth, students could enter to win back-to-school shopping gift cards with values up to $500. Another raffle gave students the opportunity to enter to win one of three spa gift sets.
The student vendors ranged from clothing to accessories. One booth sold handmade succulent plant terrariums. LIM College student Jacqueline Hunt and New York Tech student Em Char run Sapphire and Sage. The two friends started selling their merchandise just this past month at craft fairs. They are now trying to expand and hope to sell at more events in the future.
Another student vendor, LIM Freshman Erika Desroches, started her business Erika’s Closet this past year. She sells clothing and jewelry, both of which are bought from wholesalers, then she resells the goods to her customers. The original idea was to start a fashion blog, but she became interested in the buying aspect and turned it into a business.
“Everyone always said to me, 'I want to shop your closet!’” says Desroches, “which is why I named it Erika’s Closet.” The prices range from $15 to $60. Customers can shop the store on Erika's Web site or at the brick and mortar location at 41 E Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Student Shawndia Walker, the owner and founder of Nicole Privé, also sells clothing that she buys from wholesalers. However, Shawndia's store is strictly online. The most recent collection, called ‘Nude is the Limit,’ features solely nude colored pieces such as The Great Gatsby Fringe Top, The Almost Famous Cape Dress, and the Hotel California Crop Top (all of which can be purchased online). The prices range from $20 to $250, and customers can purchase online at www.nicoleprive.com.
The event was a true showcase of everything LIM students have to offer. The list of impressive vendors goes on from hand-sewn bags and clutches to handmade flower crowns. Based on this year's lineup, it will be exciting to see what next year’s event has to offer. Be sure to look out for these students in the future as they go on to take the industry by storm.
Erika's Closet Preach New York: Morillo Enterprise
Erika Desroches Angelo Morillo
Apparel & Jewelry Apparel & Accessories
IG: @erikasclosetfashion IG & Twitter: @MorilloEnterprise
Nicole Privé Iridescence
Shawndia Walker Samaria McCullough
Facebook, Twitter, & IG: @shopnprive IG: iridescenceaccessories
Sapphire & Sage Tayloresque Jewelry
Em Char and Jacqueline Hunt Thacia Turner
Succulent Plant Terrariums & Accessories Jewelry
IG: @_sapphire_sage_ IG: @tayloresque_jewelry
E-mail: [email protected] www.tayloresquejewelry.com
Facebook: @ Tayloresque Jewels
Photos by Lindsey Pace