Posts from Alexander Joseph

WHY WE BUY
An expert in consumer behavior shares strategies for stores

Recently, the consumer expert Paco Underhill was helping a European jewelry brand plan a store in Beverly Hills. In France and Italy, its branches have a private chamber for purchases of $100,000 or more. European luxury shoppers, usually from old money, appreciate discretion (especially if they’re buying for someone other than their spouse). But the…

THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
Joanee Alina Honour, Fashion Design ’92, stewards Star Wars costumes and props at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch

“Star Wars is huge in my life,” says Joanee Honour ’92. She and her colleagues take care of the Star Wars archive of original costumes, models, art, and props. “We’ve got R2D2, the Millennium Falcon, and the Death Star,” she says, though her job mostly involves the costumes. As the senior registrar for the Lucas…

THE WORK OF ART
For Florence Lynch, Gallery and Retail Art Administration ’91, co-owning a Lower East Side art gallery is about more than selling paintings

If you’re seeking a guide to the art world, which can seem forbidding and arcane, Florence Lynch just might be perfect. A respected gallery owner,most recently of the two-year-old LYNCH THAM on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she’s also an independent curator, critic, and lecturer. Lynch is fluent in five languages, and since the art milieu…

THE SOUL OF A SPACE
Renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi, Interior Design ’79, enriches guests’ inner lives

Video Slideshow: Tony Chi talks about hospitality and design in these three exclusive short videos.     “Every building has some soul in it,” Tony Chi ’79 says. “When you go in, the building will tell you what it wants to be.” An internationally celebrated hotel and restaurant designer, principal and founder of TonyChi and Associates, Chi…

Five Tips for Dressing a Dad Bod

The fashionably flabby physique known as the “dad bod” has made serious inroads in the culture recently. Suddenly, a bit of man pudge is more than forgivable—it’s sexy. Commenters have scrutinized its celebrity exemplars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, and Texas Ranger Prince Fielder), while some say the concept is sexist. (What about mom…

The Art of Craft

I make applied art,” says Wendy Yothers, assistant professor of Jewelry Design. “Everything has a use.” Yet there’s nothing remotely utilitarian or ordinary about her work, pieces of which have been purchased for the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Vatican Museums. She’s incised intricate moiré effects into knife blades…

SOUND JUDGMENT:
Talk to Grammy Award winner Michele McGonigle, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’99, and you’ll never hear an audiobook the same way again

Not long ago, filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore came to Hachette Audio in midtown Manhattan to record his book Here Comes Trouble. He thought the seat in the studio wasn’t comfortable—at any rate, not as comfortable as his own writing chair. So Michele McGonigle ’99, a director of audio production and executive producer for…

HER AIM IS TRUE:
Half a century after opening her own firm, Babette Wiener Pinsky, Apparel Design ’62, stays faithful to her vision

  The story of the fashion label Babette is remarkable: Babette Wiener Pinsky started the company in 1968 to create funky-yet-wearable clothes. Forty-six years later, she’s still designing, and you don’t have to squint to see the sophisticated, modernist style in her fashions. The $11 million concern has 100 employees and eight stores nationally, plus…

MASTERPIECE THEATER:
To Preserve and Protect

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sarah Scaturro, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice ’10, confronts the “inherent vice” in Charles James’s clothes Visitors to Charles James: Beyond Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute have been bowled over by gorgeousness and glamour. The New York Times says this “outstanding” exhibition,…

MASTERPIECE THEATER:
The Artist’s Way

On the occasion of a groundbreaking exhibition about designer Charles James, Hue celebrates FIT alumni who help The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute present influential costume shows Behind the scenes of the Charles James: Beyond Fashion, with the show’s  co-curator, Jan Glier Reeder, Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles ’87 No designer in fashion history…