theBROOKLYNfashionincubator at Berkeley College Celebrates One Year Anniversary

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017
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Incubator Introduces New Group of Designers-in-Residence


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As theBROOKLYNfashionincubator (BFI) at Berkeley College marks its first anniversary, it also looks to the work of future designers. During a celebration held on March 16, 2017, at Berkeley College in Brooklyn, NY, the incubator introduced a new group of designers-in-residence looking to develop their businesses, which range from an eco-friendly nail color collection to high-end feather fur apparel.

Over the course of 12 months, the BFI at Berkeley College provides five fashion entrepreneurs access to work space, supplies and advice from leading experts in all facets of the fashion business, including sourcing, production, marketing and e-commerce.

“It’s been incredible to witness the incubator’s inaugural group of designers grow their businesses here,” said Maria Barraza, Director of the BFI at Berkeley College. “It can be a challenge to actually transform great ideas into a business, but we’re excited to continue helping talented designers accomplish that.”

Meet the Designers: Click here to learn more about the designers in residence.

“I have reached the point where I need additional assistance,” said Adrienne Blanks, designer in residence and founder of D.I.D. Nail Paint. “My next goal is to increase my company’s wholesale accounts.”

BRIC TV, a nonprofit community TV channel based in Brooklyn, recently spoke with Ms. Barraza, Ms. Blanks, and Norine Medas, designer-in-residence and founder of Mon Petit Coeur, about the incubator’s anniversary and mission to support fashion entrepreneurs. Click here to watch their on-air interview with BRIC TV’s hosts Greg Johnson and Brian Vines.

The BFI at Berkeley College is one of five fashion incubators spearheaded by Macy’s in talent-rich areas across the United States. Other sponsors include United Parcel Service, PGM Dress Form, and Express Trade Capital. 

As the host institution in Brooklyn, Berkeley College provides the design space for the incubator and the necessary equipment, including sewing machines, dress forms, and work areas at its campus on Duffield Street in the downtown area. The incubator also utilizes Fashion Merchandising and Management students from Berkeley College as interns looking to learn the industry. 

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(Top) Designers and sponsors of theBROOKLYNfashionincubator (BFI) at Berkeley College pose with faculty members from the Fashion Merchandising and Management program during the incubator’s one-year anniversary celebration. Pictured from left to right are: Adrienne Blanks, designer-in-residence and founder, D.I.D. Nail Paint; Guy Adamo, PhD, Co-Chair, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®; Jason Robinson, Director of Marketing, North Atlantic District, UPS; Norine Medas, designer-in-residence and founder, Mon Petit Coeur; Maria Barraza, Director of the BFI at Berkeley College; Nancianne Esposito, Professor, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business; Diane Maglio, Professor, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business; Joshua Williams, Co-Chair, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business; Leidy Herrera, designer-in-residence and Berkeley College alumna, Class of 2009; Angelique Terrelonge, designer-in-residence and founder, South Beach Furs; and Karen Doherty, Independent Consultant & District Manager, Arbonne Cosmetics.

(Above) Milagros Batista, founder of Batista Collections in Brooklyn, NY, is one of the five designers-in-residences working to develop their businesses with guidance from theBROOKLYNfashionincubator (BFI) at Berkeley College.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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