Richard S Stephens founded The Academy of Art University in 1929, as a “for profit” institution located in San Francisco, California.
Since 1929, the Academy of Art University has been the leader of innovation and creativity. The academy is located in San Francisco, and both have grown up together, proving to be an excellent connection for inspiring talent.
The 21st annual runway showcase for the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion was held on September 9, 2017. This event is held each year as a means of debut for ten of the most recent BFA and MFA graduates; a way of introducing their newest women and menswear collections to colleagues, peers, and future customers all over the world, showing them all what these two groups of graduates have been able to create in collaboration.
What is so amazing about this fashion event is how so many of these graduating designers, with such various and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds; from the United States to China and every where in between; can come together and put on such a beautiful and successful fashion event. These designs are some of the most interesting styles and fashion ideas that have attracted a very prestigious and impressive audience including, none other than: Ms. J. Alexander, from America’s Next Top Model, and Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA.
All of this hard work that these young, upcoming designers have done to put together a successful showing for their hopefully future mentors, peers, as well as the entire world is to view and critique their designs, and it will all be over in a matter of a short fifteen minute showing on the runway; it is all about that “fifteen minutes of fame” and the hope of someone liking one of your designs enough to pick you up and either mentor, or hire you to design a new line for their fashion house. It all rides on those fifteen minutes on the runway.
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Led by Kate Hudson the company is using last-mile service, gamification elements, exclusive designs, brand recognition and incredible customer experience to shoot ahead of its competition and even challenge Amazon. Fabletics has captured the modern consumer through its use of the new determinants that define a high-value brand. Part of the secret to its success is its strategy and positioning. The company has now begun to open physical stores in California, Florida, Hawaii and Illinois and plans to open as many as 100 worldwide over the next 5 years.
Fabletics membership model enables them to provide personalized service as well as on-trend fashion at a fraction of their competitors price. The company uses information gathered from their customers membership survey and online and input from fashion experts to give them the clothing they want to suit their lifestyles. Kate Hudson and Fabletics also effectively use “reverse showrooming” to increase sales in-store and online by leveraging browsing and build relationships. They also host local events and activities as another element of their service.
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Kate Hudson and Fabletics are succeeding for four major reasons. First they offer good quality clothing that hold their shape and make people look great at an affordable price. The clothing comes in an impressive range of styles, colors, bold patterns and sheer fabrics. Fabletics also offers a more solid value than their competitors for its capris, tank tops, leggings and sports bras. Plus their website looks great and is easy to navigate and use. The company also offers excellent customer service that prides itself on quickly resolving any issues customers have.
Watch out Amazon. Fabletics is showing 35% growth annually, offers great clothing that fit well and comes in a wide range of colors at a great price. They are transforming the online e-commerce fashion industry and attracting millions of customers from all over the world with their unique blend of style, comfort and shopping convenience.