As of 2014, there are 3.52 billion women in this world. About 49% of the world’s population is Female. What does that mean?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

There are 450 million goats in this world, that’s more than the population of Brazil.


So what do I ask? Respect goats, of all shapes and sizes, all colors and breeds. Pay goats for their work.  

How about instead of teaching goats to obey, we teach farmers not to force goats into hard labor.



“Designer as Entrepreneur” RFP: Seeking Proposals

By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, and Steven Strauss
Center for Economic Transformation

We recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find organization(s) to develop and run our new “Designer as Entrepreneur” program, an intensive, classroom-style mini-MBA for fashion designers.

As you may recall, “Designer as Entrepreneur” is one of six Fashion.NYC.2020 initiatives that Mayor Bloomberg announced this past November. Launched in January 2010 by NYCEDC in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, Fashion.NYC.2020 is a program to identify the important trends affecting the City’s fashion industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings.

A key opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to support emerging design talent in order to grow New York City’s status as a global capital of fashion design. The Designer as Entrepreneur program will educate designers on the day-to-day aspects of running a fashion business, such as merchandising a line, promotion, sourcing, and other relevant topics. It will enrich participating designers’ understanding of all the elements required to run a fashion label and will provide critical insight on how to accelerate the growth of their businesses. The overall goal is to equip participants with the business skills and tools – including fully-formed and vetted business plans – to be successful entrepreneurs.

If you or your organization is interested in developing and implementing this program, please submit a proposal by June 30th. We look forward to receiving your responses!

NYCEDC’s new Fashion.NYC.2020 report investigates New York City’s fashion industry, which has long been core to the City’s economy.

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off the Fashion.NYC.2020 program in January 2010 to better understand the current strengths and weaknesses of the City’s fashion industry, the trends that will impact the industry over the next 10+ years, and the actions the City can take to bolster the industry’s strengths—and address its weaknesses—in light of these trends.

Led by five industry chairs—Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder of Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P. and President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe—and conducted in partnership with Bain & Company, the Fashion.NYC.2020 effort has involved research, surveys, and interviews with more than 500 industry professionals, including CEOs of leading fashion companies. Here’s a glimpse of what we learned.

College Seniors: Are You NYC’s Next Top Fashion Executive?

By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, Victor Wong
Center for Economic Transformation

Get on the fast track to becoming NYC’s next top fashion executive with Fashion Draft NYC. NYCEDC and Parsons are teaming up to recruit talented business-minded college seniors for management-track positions at some of NYC’s top fashion firms, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Gilt Groupe, and LF USA. The program will provide select students with an all-expense-paid trip to NYC from February 16th-18th, 2012; these students will participate in interviews for full-time jobs in fashion business. In addition to the interviews, events will include:

  • A keynote address
  • Company tours that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the industry
  • A networking dinner with fashion executives and human resources managers

The deadline to apply for this unique opportunity is 11:59PM EST on November 3rd. Any undergraduate senior on track to graduate in Spring 2012 is welcome to apply so long as he/she has at least a 3.5 GPA and has completed at least one internship relevant to business and/or fashion. For full program and application details, visit

Fashion Draft NYC follows on the heels of Fashion Campus NYC, an annual weekend immersion in fashion and retail management for college interns. Fashion Draft NYC and Fashion Campus NYC are two of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020, an ongoing examination of the challenges facing the fashion industry to help the City build on its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital. Learn more at