Day: April 18, 2021

Tommy Hilfiger opens Fashion Business school | Entertainment

A Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School has opened at Elmira College.

The 70-year-old fashion designer and his siblings, Andy and Betsy, have teamed up to open an educational facility in New York that aims to provide fashion students with business knowledge as part of a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Hilfiger told WWD: “The partnership with Elmira College reflects much more than my personal connection to the area. The fashion industry runs on a never-ending influx of new talent, and this program will be instrumental in shaping aspiring designers and entrepreneurs through firsthand knowledge and experience in the business.”

The designer and his siblings grew up in Elmira, where he also opened his first local store in 1969 called People’s Place, and now Hilfiger wants to “give back” to his hometown.

He continued: “I want to give back to my hometown, Elmira, N.Y., and inspire students who are interested in

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Activists slam state’s ‘deplorable’ plan to move buses out of Kennedy Plaza

Toting megaphones, waving posters and belting out chants of opposition, activists angered over the state’s plan to break up downtown Providence’s Kennedy Plaza bus hub made their message clear Saturday: The blueprint is bad.

At a rally in Burnside Park, the Rhode Island Transit Riders Alliance joined local organizations including the Providence Streets Coalition, Grow Smart RI, the Kennedy Plaza Coalition and South Providence Neighborhood Association to call out the state’s Department of Transportation for a plan critics say will hurt communities of color and has lacked public input.

“How is it that you’re not allowing public engagement with public money?” asked SPNA Chair Dwayne Keys. “That’s a problem.”

Patricia Raub, coordinator of RI Transit Riders, talks to protesters who walked from Burnside Park to proposed bus hubs Saturday to protest the planned breakup of the public transit system at Kennedy Plaza.

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Fashion industry evolves, as virus forces a rethink

PARIS (AP) — The pandemic has torn a multibillion-dollar bite out of the fabric of Europe’s fashion industry, stopped runway shows and forced brands to show their designs digitally instead.

Now, amid hopes of a return to near-normality by the year’s end, the industry is asking what fashion will look like as it dusts itself off and struggles to its well-heeled feet again.

Answers vary. Some think the Fashion Week format, in use since the 1940s, will be radically rethought. Others believe Asia will consolidate its huge gains in influence. Many see brands seeking greater sustainability to court a younger clientele.

“The impact of the pandemic will be unquestionably to increase the importance and influence of Asia on fashion,” said Gildas Minvielle, economist at the Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris.

“Luxury in Europe has already rebounded but it’s only because it’s globalized, only because of Asian buyers,” Minvielle

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