Best US school for fashion?


hhg1980
Hi there, I work in the fashion industry - in a product marketing position - in more of a startup, not a well known firm.

My road to where I am now has been a bit rocky, out of school I got a job in marketing but not in the industry, worked there for almost three years, and then about two years ago I joined the fashion startup.

I am now interested in transitioning to a larger fashion firm - Burberry, Calvin Klein, etc. - in a product development / product management position, hopefully. I've applied to many of these firms but I haven't had much luck. I believe it's because when HR looks at my resume and they don't recognize the companies I have worked in, it hurts their impression of me.

It's because of this that I would like to do an MBA. Does any body have any suggestion about what business schools I should look at if I want to land a job with a big fashion firm? I prefer not to study outside of the US - my life is here and I don't see myself working in Europe, etc. - - I don't necessarily see the value - so that excludes the Italian schools unfortunately.
Hi there, I work in the fashion industry - in a product marketing position - in more of a startup, not a well known firm.

My road to where I am now has been a bit rocky, out of school I got a job in marketing but not in the industry, worked there for almost three years, and then about two years ago I joined the fashion startup.

I am now interested in transitioning to a larger fashion firm - Burberry, Calvin Klein, etc. - in a product development / product management position, hopefully. I've applied to many of these firms but I haven't had much luck. I believe it's because when HR looks at my resume and they don't recognize the companies I have worked in, it hurts their impression of me.

It's because of this that I would like to do an MBA. Does any body have any suggestion about what business schools I should look at if I want to land a job with a big fashion firm? I prefer not to study outside of the US - my life is here and I don't see myself working in Europe, etc. - - I don't necessarily see the value - so that excludes the Italian schools unfortunately.
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RobertoG83
Hi there, I work in the fashion industry - in a product marketing position - in more of a startup, not a well known firm.

My road to where I am now has been a bit rocky, out of school I got a job in marketing but not in the industry, worked there for almost three years, and then about two years ago I joined the fashion startup.

I am now interested in transitioning to a larger fashion firm - Burberry, Calvin Klein, etc. - in a product development / product management position, hopefully. I've applied to many of these firms but I haven't had much luck. I believe it's because when HR looks at my resume and they don't recognize the companies I have worked in, it hurts their impression of me.

It's because of this that I would like to do an MBA. Does any body have any suggestion about what business schools I should look at if I want to land a job with a big fashion firm? I prefer not to study outside of the US - my life is here and I don't see myself working in Europe, etc. - - I don't necessarily see the value - so that excludes the Italian schools unfortunately.


https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/education/from-gucci-to-calvin-klein-where-top-fashion-brands-recruit

My advice would be to search among the schools you're targeting if any has partnerships with fashion brands for internships or company projects

[Edited by RobertoG83 on Apr 04, 2018]

[quote]Hi there, I work in the fashion industry - in a product marketing position - in more of a startup, not a well known firm.

My road to where I am now has been a bit rocky, out of school I got a job in marketing but not in the industry, worked there for almost three years, and then about two years ago I joined the fashion startup.

I am now interested in transitioning to a larger fashion firm - Burberry, Calvin Klein, etc. - in a product development / product management position, hopefully. I've applied to many of these firms but I haven't had much luck. I believe it's because when HR looks at my resume and they don't recognize the companies I have worked in, it hurts their impression of me.

It's because of this that I would like to do an MBA. Does any body have any suggestion about what business schools I should look at if I want to land a job with a big fashion firm? I prefer not to study outside of the US - my life is here and I don't see myself working in Europe, etc. - - I don't necessarily see the value - so that excludes the Italian schools unfortunately.[/quote]

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/education/from-gucci-to-calvin-klein-where-top-fashion-brands-recruit

My advice would be to search among the schools you're targeting if any has partnerships with fashion brands for internships or company projects
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Duncan
Take a look at Luxury & Luxury Brand Management http://www.find-mba.com/board/24603
Take a look at Luxury & Luxury Brand Management http://www.find-mba.com/board/24603
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laurie
https://find-mba.com/lists/top-business-school-by-speciality/top-business-schools-for-luxury-brand-management

NYU and Columbia, basically.

Of those two, NYU probably has the edge because it has a specialized MBA in Fashion and Luxury plus other resources like a 'lab.'

Although fashion firms don't typically recruit a lot of MBAs, your background plus a degree from a great school like NYU or Columbia would make you a good candidate for the firms you're targeting.
https://find-mba.com/lists/top-business-school-by-speciality/top-business-schools-for-luxury-brand-management

NYU and Columbia, basically.

Of those two, NYU probably has the edge because it has a specialized MBA in Fashion and Luxury plus other resources like a 'lab.'

Although fashion firms don't typically recruit a lot of MBAs, your background plus a degree from a great school like NYU or Columbia would make you a good candidate for the firms you're targeting.
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hhg1980
Thank you so much everybody!

One more question do you think that having an MBA will make my profile more 'palatable' to the big firms? Because so far I haven't had any luck getting even a toe in the door.
Thank you so much everybody!

One more question do you think that having an MBA will make my profile more 'palatable' to the big firms? Because so far I haven't had any luck getting even a toe in the door.
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laurie
It can't hurt. As I mentioned, fashion firms don't typically recruit a lot of MBAs. This means that it's a bit different than a lot of the other industries like consulting and finance, that have tried and true funnels for recruiting MBA talent. There's simply not as great a demand for MBAs in the fashion industry.

That's why the alumni network is so important - find the schools that have the biggest 'footprints' in the firms you're looking at - these alumni will be your foot in the door.
It can't hurt. As I mentioned, fashion firms don't typically recruit a lot of MBAs. This means that it's a bit different than a lot of the other industries like consulting and finance, that have tried and true funnels for recruiting MBA talent. There's simply not as great a demand for MBAs in the fashion industry.

That's why the alumni network is so important - find the schools that have the biggest 'footprints' in the firms you're looking at - these alumni will be your foot in the door.
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