Being hired as a guest speaker is nothing short of inspirational, liberating, and oratorically gratifying. It adds deep clarity to the retrospect of what we’ve accomplished, why we’ve done what we’ve done to get where we are, and how often your very own life decisions can lead others into options that effect theirs for the good. Opening up about my experiences in fashion to a budding group of aspiring fashion professionals visiting from England, I was honored when asked to speak during an Urban Oasis NYC fashion tour.
Owned and operated by Fashion Entrepreneur and Attorney, Imani Alexander, Urban Oasis offers Shopping + Educational tours to students, stylists, emerging fashion designers, alternative career seekers, tourists and local fashionistas. Urban Oasis NYC fashion tours offer a rare, behind the scenes look at the garment district, and the ways many garments are produced. Stops on the tour include a look into the careers of: pattern-makers, grader’s, small factory owners, fabric stores and quite a few showrooms.
[Above: Here I am pictured with the group of 16 students from England after a short, but informative talk about my life as a traveling Editor, Brand Manager, and Entrepreneur.]
[Above: Of course, I explained how I acquired my position in this crazy industry. The high’s, the low’s- I briefly spoke about it all!]
As seen on the official nycgo.com page:
This licensed New York City tour company specializes in fashion tours of the Garment District, SoHo/NoLIta and Brooklyn. Their tours are not limited to shopping, but they combine insider shopping at private showrooms with learning about the design process. Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour’s clients shop at hidden gem designer showrooms and workspaces at 65–75% off retail prices, and visit pattern-making facilities, fabric stores and small factories to learn about the complete process of fashion design from concept to production. Their tours may be customized to include shopping only. All Urban Oasis tours are led by professional fashion designers.
[Above right: I shared what my day-to-day operations were like, as well as some of my recent published work.]
A thrilling experience full of insight, I cheered on each and every one of the peculiar fashion students as they ventured on to their next location. Truthfully, I learned quite a bit along this tour myself!
Why I recommend Urban Oasis tours:
- They offered a unique and charming learning experience full of exclusive insights and character.
- You tour directly through the business homes and offices of established fashion professionals.
- You can join Urban Oasis individually or as a group.
- Urban Oasis ranks very high on trip adviser, see more here.
- Unlike other touring companies, they are licensed by the NYS Licensing Division
[Left: Pictured here, a well known pattern maker and Urban Oasis guest speaker, speaks to students about the key elements of making patterns, which is the most important process of creating the form for a garment. Right: A touring fashion student poses in a NYC fabric shop during Urban Oasis NYC tours.]
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