Alumni Notes

DENISE STOUGHTON
Home Products Development ’97, Interior Design ’95

Denise Stoughton created SnapShop, an app that automates the arduous task of comparison shopping, an essential practice for home products producers. Usually comp shopping requires scribbling copious notes in retail stores and transferring them to an unwieldy spreadsheet. With SnapShop, users scan barcodes, tap through menus, and take photos to collect information. A reporting tool…

KAREN KOCHMAN NIELSEN
Packaging Design ’96

Karen Kochman Nielsen founded Dandy Pack, lightweight cardboard furniture for home staging, the act of furnishing a property for sale to help it sell faster and for more money. Dandy Pack furniture folds up flat; canvas slipcovers in five different colors make it look realistic. She came up with the concept in 2005: as a…

YUKA SAITO
Jewelry Design ’99

Yuka Saito creates naturalistic pieces, mostly from polypropylene, in her Upper West Side studio. She is inspired by nature but does not aim for verisimilitude. Her jewelry has sold in numerous gallery shows and resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Museum of Arts and Design in…

ALICIA GOODWIN
Jewelry Design ’03, Fashion Design ’02

Alicia Goodwin sold ten styles from her jewelry line, Lingua Nigra, to the Smithsonian Institution for the gift shop of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening this year in Washington, D.C. Working in brass, gold, and silver, she takes inspiration from nature and brings in texture by etching with acid or…

RUMALDO MEDINA
Fashion Design ’04

Rumaldo Medina creates fashion illustrations for TV and special events. He drew guests’ portraits at the launch party for Design Your Life by Rachel Roy at her Beverly Hills home; made sketches at a private runway show at the Versace store in Costa Mesa, CA, to be given to VIPs; and was filmed drawing Ben…

YOSHIAKI MOCHIZUKI
Restoration ’05

Yoshiaki Mochizuki had his third solo exhibition this summer at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. His textured paintings layer gesso, burnishing clay, ink, pigments, and precious metal leafing. The surfaces are scored with a needle, resulting in detailed patterns that cut through the layers of media, evoking geological strata and erosion. His paintings are always hung…

JENNIFER FERRISE
Advertising and Marketing Communications ’11, Fashion Merchandising Management ’09

Jennifer Ferrise has worked at InStyle magazine since she graduated. As associate features editor, she writes short pieces for the print and online magazines, produces video, and comes up with questions for the InStyle channel of the Trivia Crack Kingdoms app. She writes a number of recurring pages, including a behind-the-scenes look at each month’s…

7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BUZZFEED (NUMBER 5 WILL SHOCK YOU)
Augusta Falletta, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’13, Fashion Merchandising Management ’11

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past decade, you probably know about BuzzFeed, the insanely popular news and entertainment website whose viral stories, lists, videos, and quizzes generate 200 billion views a month, about three times that of The New York Times website. Augusta Falletta, senior beauty editor at BuzzFeed, manages a…

BRITTANY MURACA
Fashion Merchandising Management ’11

Brittany Muraca is a business planner for handbags and small leather goods at Michael Kors, working on location planning and inventory management for the wholesale accounts with Macy’s and Lord & Taylor. She pays attention to cultural and geographical differences in taste, as well as seasonal trends, to ensure that each store carries what customers…

FLORENCE SHIN
International Trade and Marketing ’13

Florence Shin co-founded Covry Sunwear, competitively priced sunglasses that fit Asian faces and others with a lower nose bridge and higher cheekbones. She and a high-school friend launched the brand with a Kickstarter campaign after a lifetime of struggling to find sunglasses that didn’t slide down their faces. An “Asian fit” already existed in the…