Sales, Showrooms and Pop-Ups Panel and Networking Event on May 25


Finding the right sales channels for emerging designers is a constant challenge. Whether it's working with a showroom, going direct-to-customer or contemplating consignment, there's no one right answer because each business is different and today's every changing marketing place doesn't make your sales strategy formulaic.  To shed some light on this topic, FIT has put together a panel on Thursday, May 25 with four NYC fashion brands to share their experience, lessons learned and watch outs.

Moderated by Melissa Hall, founder of The Emerging Designer, the conversation will touch on keeping up with the fashion calendar, working with major retailers, boutiques and non-traditional sales outlets. Designers will share how to be economical with a small budget and tips on working with service providers such as showrooms and sales reps.

Event Details

6:00-6:30 - Arrivals and networking

6:30-8:00 - Conversation and Q&A

8:00-9:00 - Networking


Melissa Hall, founder of The Emerging Designer 

Melissa Hall is the founder of The Emerging Designer, a marketing consultant and instructor at FIT. She has worked with a variety of fashion brands, organizations and retailers to help grow their business and build a fashion community.


Shahla Karimi, Founder of Shahla Karimi 

Shahla has worked in product strategy and merchandising for some of the world’s most esteemed brands and campaigns. She produced multiple apparel collections for Vogue and the CFDA, working with over 50 leading designers including DVF, Victoria Beckham, and Alexander Wang. She also served as Director of Merchandising for President Obama’s re-election campaign. She launched her namesake brand in 2015 and shortly after founded AU Showroom, a designer-run accessories press and sales showroom.

Carrie Morrisey, Founder of I Still Love You NYC 

I Still Love You NYC is a joyful exploration of the beauty inherent in tension. Formed at the intersection of synthetic, computerized mass-production and organic, small-scale craftsmanship, comes a style as experimental as it is wearable, as powerful as it is feminine and as daring as it is refined.

Megan Balch and Jamie Barker, Co-founders of Flagpole Swim 

Flagpole is a luxury women's swim and coverup brand based in New York City.

Kathlin Argiro, Founder of Kathlin Argiro 

Passionate about sharing her experience as a fashion designer and entrepreneur, Kathlin is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. A mentor to countless students, Kathlin has been selected to lead high profile projects for First Lady Michelle Obama and for the Charles James exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute.

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