Alumni Notes

ANISHKA CLARKE
Interior Design ’09

Anishka Clarke “a Brooklyn resident, but Jamaican at heart,” is one half of Ishka Designs, a firm specializing in homes and restaurants in Brooklyn, Jamaica, Paris, and elsewhere. Their slogan, “efficiently beautiful interiors,” represents their efforts not only to keep the aesthetic minimal and relaxed, but also to streamline the process and work carefully to…

BEN ALBUCKER
Fashion Merchandising Management ’09

Ben Albucker sells American modern furnishings from the ’40s and ’50s in his shop in Lambertville, NJ, an antiques mecca favored by weekending New Yorkers. He adores metalwork, particularly aluminum, and prefers muted colors over the blistering oranges and yellows of late modernism. He buys very selectively, mostly from dealers and at auction, but still stumbles…

SENEM OEZDOGAN
Communication Design ’10

Senem Oezdogan makes abstract geometric fiber art by wrapping colored floss around rope, then winding the rope around a wooden board. Her work is represented by Uprise Art, a virtual gallery that exhibits at art fairs, organizes group shows, and connects one-on-one with collectors. Her inspirations range from Ellsworth Kelly to Martha Graham, who “has…

LILY CHEHRAZI
Fashion Merchandising Management ’11

Lily Chehrazi founded Together California, an eco-conscious “active glamwear” brand, with her husband, Benedict, in 2014. She creates repeats from Benedict’s photography and prints them on high-tech, sustainable materials, including a seaweed-based textile called SeaCell, spandex made from recycled plastic bottles, and bamboo charcoal. The clothes are manufactured in downtown Los Angeles and sold at…

MICHELLE HERNANDEZ
Fashion Merchandising Management ’11, Fashion Design ’04

Michelle Hernández is a compost educator/coordinator for New York City’s Zero Waste Programs at GrowNYC, a nonprofit sustainability resource that runs New York City’s Greenmarkets. She staffs compost collection at the Bowling Green, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and Carroll Gardens markets, teaching residents about composting and textile recycling. She also works at a GrowNYC Fresh Food…

MARVIN MENKE
Packaging Design ’12, Advertising Design ’91

Marvin Menke founded Hemel, a brand of affordably priced, military-inspired wristwatches. A graphic designer and lifelong timepiece aficionado, Menke used seed funding from a Kickstarter campaign to design and manufacture a collectible, state-of-the-art watch selling at $400, less than half of what the major brands charge for similar quality. Features include a movement (that is,…

SOLE PROPRIETORS
Moti Ankari, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’14, Marcel Floruss, Fashion Merchandising Management ’14

Authentic, high-quality, and dapper describe Ankari Floruss, a new online men’s footwear brand inspiring the gent in all of us. Founders Moti Ankari and Marcel Floruss sought to create a direct-to-consumer business that provides high-octane design while educating its wearers on the grammar of elegance. Culling from his experiences as an associate fashion editor at…

ZACHARY CAVALUZZI
Illustration ’16

Zachary Cavaluzzi put on an exhibition of eight “Tape Babes” at Lambs and Wolves, an edgy hair salon in Red Bank, NJ. He created the wild-haired bombshells with colored tape on wood or foam board, then sealed them with a fluid medium to make a traditionally fleeting art form permanent. He was inspired by the…

ETHEL GALL BAENISCH
Textile Design ’49

Ethel Gall Baenisch retired in 1997 from a 40-year career as an occupational therapist. She freelanced as a textile designer for a few years out of FIT, picking up jobs for Original Designs, Luxite Silk Company, Kopp Textiles, Finn Fabrics, and Stafford Fabrics. She also designed ties for Harry Rubin, which she liked most because…