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FAME Alumni Success Stories

Graduates of the Fashion and Apparel Merchandising program work in various aspects of the fashion industry based on personal interest and expertise. 95% of our graduates are placed within the fashion industry working for both large corporations and private firms in apparel, accessories, bridal, fine jewelry, footwear and publications.

 

Companies include:

  • Target
  • H&M
  • Buckle
  • Maurices
  • Helzburg
  • Maurices
  • Charming Charlie
  • Jerrod Jewelers
  • Nike
  • Born Shoes
  • Essence of Australia Bridal
Careers held by graduates include:
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Product Development Specialists
  • Buyer
  • Stylist/ Public Relations
  • Wholesale Sales Representative/ Brand Representative
  • Human Resources
  • Small Business Owner
  • Fashion Director for regional magazine
  • Project Manager

 

 

Testimonials from our Alumni

My job involves a few different aspects:
Territory management- Research new leads, visit potential stores to find future partners for three lines: Stella York, Essense of Australia, and Martina Liana. Assist new stores and current store buyers in making their seasonal stock purchases
Business Development- Work with current stockists and new stores to grow the line within my territory of MA, CT, RI, NC, & SC, attend trunk shows with stores in my area, drive business results to see increase growth in bridal re-orders
Product Development - Work with current stores to test future collections. Provide feedback on preview gowns from brides and store owners to Creative Director and Designers. Attend line review and provide additional feedback on looks missing, or changes that need to be made.

While at UCM, I was lucky enough to attend the MAGIC tradeshow in Las Vegas, which opened my eyes to the wholesale side of fashion. Throughout the remainder of classes I focused my attention to this career. I was able to learn skills in textiles, sales, trend research and marketing that I am able to use daily and share with store owners to grow their businesses.
 
Advice to current students: Be open to new careers. I went into the program thinking I’d be a retail manager forever. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors for advice, they’re all great and will help guide you down the right path! Most importantly, don’t take advantage of it. I never thought I’d miss school but I do! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Ashley Lathery
Essense of Australia - Business Development Executive
Hometown: Independence, MO

   

I'm originally from Kansas City, MO and I now live in Brooklyn, NY! I currently work at Target and I'm a Softlines Team Leader. I was a team leader at a store in Kansas City for about a year and I was able to transfer to one in NY when I moved. The store I'm at now is the highest grossing store in the company, which has been a huge, but exciting change for me! I manage the boys and girls departments, which means I'm responsible for the merchandising, signing, instocks and driving sales for those departments daily. I typically follow an adjacency sent to our store from headquarters that determines which merchandise is on the floor, but since our merchandise has such a high turnover, I have more freedom and control over what goes on the sales floor. We have a team of about 15 to 20 team members who work in softlines per shift, so I'm responsible for managing them as well.

UCM helped tremendously with my job now. Everything I learned about management and working in a retail atmosphere has helped to develop me more as a leader. Also learning about different demographics in retail and marketing was always so fascinating to me, but I've definitely put it to use after working for the same company in two very different parts of the country.

I have two pieces of advice for future students: move or travel if you can. Not only will you be able to see and experience new things, but the more networking you do and more connections you make will only lead to endless opportunities for your future. Secondly, if you don't get your dream job right after college, don't get discouraged by any means. Any experiences are better than none at all.

Marie Tuzzolino
Target, Softlines Team Leader
Hometown: Kansas City, MO