THE BEST INVESTMENT IN FASHION, TECH AND INNOVATION YOU WILL EVER MAKE.

WELCOME TO THE FIT CIRCLE

There is only one place that you will find the future of the new creative economy of fashion, tech and innovation flourishing . That place is FIT. And now, you can be an exclusive investor in this future by becoming a member of the FIT Circle, a select group of donors and partners supporting the initiatives that make FIT and its students the driving force of the creative industries and the changemakers that will fuel a new economy.

As an FIT Circle member, you and your organization will provide our students and community with a world-class education that provides immersive learning and experiences. You will offer an opportunity to pave the way for the innovation that will take our economy to a new level.

With your investment, you will enjoy an incredible collection of virtual, hybrid and in-person events that allow you to collaborate, network and expand your brand (both personal and corporate) with some of the most influential leaders in the fashion, tech and innovation spaces.

Just like FIT, the FIT Circle is an unconventional approach to investment, and one that will pay off for you, your company and our future for years to come.

FIT PROGRAMMING

As a member of the FIT Circle, you will have exclusive sponsor status across an exciting lineup of events and programs we have planned this year, including:

Curated Salons, Programs, and Panels

As an FIT Circle or Friends of FIT member, you get to enjoy private tours, meet and greets, behind the scene experiences, and presentations by FIT faculty and industry leaders. Members will also receive exclusive access to emerging innovation from FIT, showcasing student and faculty breakthroughs like the sensory garment for breast cancer patients and toys for children with autism.

Intimate Dinners and Experietial Events

Select members will have exclusive access to a curated and intimate dinner experience with an award-winning chef and cocktails with notable influencers, celebrities, industry leaders and FIT donors.

Annual FIT Awards Gala - April 2022

Join us at the Annual FIT Awards Gala 2022 as we honor the visionaries who led us to national and international acclaim. The evening will also highlight luminaries leading the next generation of innovators in the new creative economy.

FIT Entrepreneurship Series

This spring, leading entrepreneurs and industry experts in the FIT community will convene to share their start-up stories and give advice to aspiring business owners. This series will be held in both New York and Los Angeles. Prominent FIT speakers from the past have included Norma Kamali, Dayna Isom Johnson, Douglas Hand, Rodney Hutton, Lara Eurdolian, Fern Mallis, and many others.

The FIT Social Justice Center

The FIT Social Justice Center (SJC) is the first of its kind in higher education, established to alleviate the systemic problems faced by BIPOC youth, college students, and working professionals. The SJC will be unique in its ability to lead and collaborate with industry partners from the public and private sectors. It will address holistically diverse issues and provide the support needed for BIPOC youth, college students, and professionals throughout the lifecycle of their careers. We can only make the industries that rely on creative thinkers and doers more equitable if we invest in sustained change.

There will be an opportunity for FIT Circle partner recognition on select social justice programming.

PAST PROGRAMMING

Holiday Auction with Costume Industry Coalition

FIT Foundation partnered with the Costume Industry Coalition to host a Holiday Auction to raise vital funds to support artisans and business owners as they create and supply costumes for the entertainment industry. Funds raised also went towards providing equitable access to education for FIT students so that they can lead the costume and creative industries forward in the future.

Famous celebrities, musicians and fashion icons from Jennifer Garner to Hugh Jackman to Bernadette Peters donated personal items to support the future of the costume and creative industries. Just some of the items included: a shirt worn by Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, a jacket worn by Bernadette Peters in the 2003 Broadway production of Gypsy, and a shirt worn by Donnie Wahlberg in Blue Bloods Episode 1010.

FIT Sustainability Conference and Awards April 13 - 22, 2021

The awards, hosted by model, activist, and social impact entrepreneur Amber Valletta, will honor FIT alumna Stacy Flynn, co-founder and CEO of Evrnu, as well as Eileen Fisher, founder of EILEEN FISHER, Inc., and Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of Studio One Eighty Nine.

This year, we are excited to provide a virtual event that mixes celebration with education and advocacy. FIT’s Sustainability Awards will feature intimate conversations with honorees, sustainable fashion leaders and students designing the future of sustainable materials. Ticket holders for the event will get exclusive access to honorees’ keynotes and virtual tours of their places of work.

Learn more and reserve your spot by clicking below

Sally Singer Series | Spring 2021

As the former Creative Director at Vogue, Sally Singer will lead a series of conversations for the FIT Foundation’s membership group, Friends of FIT.

Sally will host a three part virtual series with creative industry experts and icons on topics ranging from the future of the fashion runway to diversity in the beauty industry, to how fashion shapes our current culture.

This series will launch Spring 2021

Click below for more programming details

Dr. Joyce F. Brown in conversation with Norma Kamali | April 9th, 2pm EST

Join us on March 23rd as Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, sits down with FIT alumna, Norma Kamali to discuss her new book, I am Invincible. The two will discuss Norma’s journey and her advice for the next generation of female leaders in the creative industries.

For more information, please email Melanie Copple, Director of Strategic Philanthropy, at melanie_copple@fitnyc.edu.

FIT Entrepreneurship Series
March - May 2021

Throughout this spring, leading entrepreneurs and industry experts will convene virtually to discuss their unique paths to entrepreneurship, navigating and thriving amidst the pandemic, as well as imparting key takeaways for current and future FIT alumni interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Featured FIT alumni will include Norma Kamali and Dayna Isom Johnson.

Friends of FIT Virtual Program

Friends of FIT is an active and engaged membership group that supports the ingenuity, artistry, and innovation of our students and faculty in their journeys to create unconventional solutions to economic, environmental, and human challenges. Members gain exclusive access to curated virtual programs and events that are then broadcasted through our media partnerships.

Auction Celebrations

The FIT Foundation will partner with various nonprofit organizations throughout the year to share exciting virtual auctions. Famous celebrities, musicians, and fashion icons will auction off virtual coffees, coveted items from shows and movies, articles worn by celebrated performers, pieces signed by artists themselves, and much more. Auctions help the FIT Foundation support impactful initiatives like the Social Justice Collaborative, the Scholarship Fund, and the Innovation Fund.

"FIT is committed to lead the creative industries worldwide with socially conscious solutions that leverage innovation and entrepreneurial drive to have a positive impact on the world."

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President, FIT

JOIN THE FIT CIRCLE

By joining the FIT Circle today, you will have access to valuable benefits through the upcoming year, such as:

FIT CIRCLE | $50,000

Recognition as a founding member of the FIT Circle

Logo placement on FIT Foundation events from holiday 2021 through summer 2022

Logo placement on all communications, assets, and materials

 

Annual FIT Awards Gala Table

Complimentary table and VIP benefits to the Annual FIT Awards Gala for yourself or organization for up to 10 people

 

Exclusive Dinner & Salon Access

Access to select intimate dinners and events, as well as curated salons and panels.

 

Programming participation

Opportunity to contribute to and participate in event programming, panel discussions, and fireside chats

FRIENDS OF FIT | $5,000

Recognition as a founding member of the FIT Circle

Tickets and VIP Benefits for two to the Annual FIT Awards Gala

 

Exclusive Salon and Programming Access

Access to select curated salons and panels

 

Friends of FIT program support

Complimentary Friends of FIT membership

I'm ready to be a part of FIT Circle

To be recognized as a member of the FIT Circle with a gift, please fill out the above form or contact Melanie Copple, Director of Strategic Philanthropy for the FIT Foundation, at melanie_copple@fitnyc.edu.

PHILANTHROPIC IMPACT

Your gift helps the FIT Foundation support impactful initiatives like: the Social Justice Collaborative, Sustainability programs and initiatives, the Scholarship Fund, and the Innovation Fund.
Donors, students, faculty and business partners are collaborating to make a real impact with projects like these:

PARTNERS

Individual Contributors

Mona Aboelnaga
Laurence C. Leeds Jr.
Richard Anderman
Robin Burns McNeill
Chris and Kevin Madden
Michael Stanley
Deirdre Quinn
Patrick Klesius

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