I have had a passion for fashion since I was a little girl. A few years ago I took this passion seriously, and now it has taken me places I would have never dreamed I would be, New York City being one of them. I am so grateful I was introduced to BansonNYC, and I’m excited to share my trip with you!
On average we left our dorm (LIM Residence Hall, we stayed there for the week) by 8:15 am. We would return home every night around 8:00 pm. Every morning and night was a little different though, depending on our day.LIM Residence Hall
Monday, June 22nd was our first full day at BansonNYC. We started the day with a little sight seeing, we went to
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The Seagram Building- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed this building and created windows with a champagne hue.
Picture in Bryant Park with Betsy Hilfiger (one of our chaperons) before lunch.
After lunch we went to the LIM Townhouse for a retail math class, we went over our Dress for Success or Not project, shared our Trashion bags we designed and made, and had a tour of the building. The Dress for Success or Not project required us to put together outfits that we would wear to an interview and one that we would not. I am considering doing a blog post just about that project, I will share the information and tips Holland gave us about dressing appropriately for an interview. Comment below or email me if you are interested.
My Trashion Bag
Then we had a tour of the LIM college, I really liked the building. It was modern and fresh, and they made the building fun by having different themes for every floor.
Next we went to Tiger J, LLC and met Ruth Palacio (HR consultant) and Raul Penaranda (Textile and CAD designer). This company partners with celebrities and helps them create their own clothing line. They go into the celebrities closet’s to get a feel of their style, talk to them, then they have to design and make the clothing which is then sold on TV (QVC and HSN). They have created lines for Dennis Basso, Nicole Richie, Serena Williams, Lisa Rinna, Guiliana Rancic, Liz Lange, and Adrienne Landau, to just name a few. Raul was such an inspiration, he told us the story of how he started off as a hotel concierge. He was asked to make a birthday card for his boss, it must have been incredible because then his boss helped him get a job at Tiger J as a textile designer over students going to FIT and Parsons. He told us no matter where you are from or what you have, if you work hard, and follow your dreams they will come true. He isn’t just saying that, he actually went through that.
Next, we went on our first educational shopping trip. Holland (Founder/President of BansonNYC, and one of our chaperons) split us up in groups of two and assigned us to a store. We had to answer questions about how the store was set up and our opinions on various things. My store was Top Shop and was scheduled for Wednesday, so I will talk more about it later. If we weren’t assigned a store for that day we could shop the whole time, so that’s what I did! Macy (my roommate) and I went to Joe Fresh, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 (in Times Square).
The last stop of the day was dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. If you are ever in NYC I recommend coming here. It is a retro 1950s theme diner featuring a singing waitstaff. They have great food and you will surely be entertained and in awe of their talent!
Thank you for reading my first blog ever about my first day at camp in NYC! Stay tuned for Tuesday in the city! Have a great day!
From my Heart to Yours, MademoisELLE