Alumni

DEBORAH FEINSTEIN BIGELEISEN
Textile Design ’69

Deborah Feinstein Bigeleisen became a painter in 1998 after 18 years of running a company that gave European textile designers full-time representation in the U.S. Her hyper-realistic depictions of flowers, mostly roses, gardenias, and lisianthus, are painted in her signature palette of eight colors, using the layered glazing techniques of the Dutch masters. Her particular…

GISELA O’BRIEN
Patternmaking Technology ’78

Gisela O’Brien was born in Germany; her education was interrupted by World War II. She found her way to FIT in her 40s and built a career designing children’s and women’s wear, some of which was sold at J.C. Penney. She has spent her retirement thus far making jewelry for her church bazaar and hats…

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Luis Valcarcel
Interior Design ’84

After 20-plus years designing retail spaces for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Harrods—including a four-year stint at Nine West—Luis Valcarcel switched his focus to offices. As senior associate design director at Ted Moudis Associates (TMA), he oversees a team of interior designers who work mainly on the offices of financial companies, from big banks…

ARLENE SKOROS MCLOUGHLIN
Fashion Design ’87

Arlene Skoros McLoughlin is organizing Salon New York, a gathering of nearly 100 decorative painters from 20 countries, taking place April 13–16, 2017. Decorative painters, including McLoughlin, do gilding, faux marble, faux wood, Italian plastering, and ornamental painting for museums, public buildings, and stately homes. The event location rotates among cities in Europe and the…

KATEE BOYLE
Illustration ’89

Katee Boyle is a painter and metalworker in Chadds Ford, PA. Her mixed-media, abstract paintings each tell a personal story. Using traditional blacksmithing techniques, she forges masks, dresses, chastity belts, and corsets, “castoff shells of experiences I’ve had, armors that I no longer need, experiences I no longer want to revisit.” She learned the trade…

STEPHANIE KENNEDY-MELL
Accessories Design ’93

Stephanie Kennedy-Mell opened Church Street Wine Shoppe in Huntsville, AL, with her husband, Matt, in 2014. They carry hundreds of wines, including many that were previously unavailable in the area, and offer tapas, craft beer, and wine flights at the bar. Ten nights a month, they serve a seated five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and…

MATS KLINGBERG
Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’98

Mats Klingberg founded Trunk Clothiers, a menswear and accessories boutique on London’s hip Chiltern Street, in 2010. The shop carries about 80 brands that each “focus on primarily one thing and do that very well,” including Boglioli suiting, Incotex trousers, Salvatore Piccolo shirts, and Alden shoes. The shop also carries a private-label collection of sweaters, jackets,…

FOTIOS BOUZIKOS
Fabric Styling ’99, Menswear ’96

Fotios Bouzikos is vice president of design for women’s woven bottoms at IDG, a New York City–based sportswear company whose brands include Marrakech, a travel-inspired line sold at Anthropologie, and Anorak, a chic outerwear brand sold at Bloomingdale’s. The company also produces private-label brands for Macy’s, Kohl’s, and many other stores. In all, he oversees…

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…