Spring 2016

MAD PROPS:
Philip Shubin, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’78

An argument with Naomi Campbell convinced stylist Philip Shubin to change his focus from people to inanimate objects. For a decade he had been dressing TV personalities (Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric) and actors (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford) for photo shoots, but working with diva models was becoming increasingly fraught. He told a disgruntled…

DONNA FREDERICK
Patternmaking Technology ’78

Donna Frederick, Patternmaking Technology, owns the Play House, an independent toy store in Durham, NC. She stocks about 200 mostly educational products in the 900-square-foot space, including Legos and other building toys, high-quality Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles, dolls for girls and boys, ABC blocks in myriad languages, maps, chemistry sets, locally crafted toys such as rattles,…

JILL LOTENBERG
Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’85

Jill Lotenberg is a freelance photographer who has shot New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg, as well as spreads for Glamour, Gotham, and House Beautiful, among other publications. She got her start from an internship at the Garden State Arts Center (now the PNC Bank Arts Center), photographing U2,…

RENEE BAVINEAU
Production Management: Apparel ’88

Renée Bavineau is president of Raise the Bar, which acts as an “outsourced COO,” helping emerging brands with sourcing, negotiating, fitting, and costing—anything they need to launch their lines. Her company also goes in-house at major fashion brands—for example, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Gap Inc., and PVH—to help discover efficiencies, meet deadlines, and coordinate…

MARGARET DUDLEY ASHBY
Textile/ Surface Design ’92

Margaret Dudley Ashby is a former Lutheran pastor who came out of retirement in November 2015 to become rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Lake James in Morganton, NC. She says the work of delivering sermons and comforting the afflicted is related to her previous job as head of consumer products design at Glenoit…

BUNNY (JENNY) YAN
Fashion Design ’04

Bunny (Jenny) Yan founded The Squirrelz, a Shanghai-based business-to-business company that sells overstock and defective fabrics and trims from China’s factories, thereby keeping them out of landfills. The e-commerce company also sells a curated selection of recycled, upcycled, and socially responsible products to a wholesale audience. The Squirrelz recently graduated from Chinaccelerator, a well-known startup…

HADAS RUBINOVICH SAAR
Fashion Design ’07

Hadas Rubinovich Saar is creative director of Naadam, a company that sources fine white cashmere from Mongolian goatherds and incorporates it into timeless, durable knitwear for men and women. Part of Naadam’s proceeds goes toward vaccinating the goats and providing clean water for the herders’ families. Saar joined the company in 2014 after years as…

MAGICAL MYSTERY STORE
Leslie Ann Chiu, Exhibition Design ’11, Interior Design ’09

Holy wrist candy, Batman! Watches of Switzerland, a luxury timepiece showroom that opened on London’s Regent Street in 2014, was designed to feel like the home of the world’s best-known superhero tycoon. “We realized through research that each of their three customer types aims to live an exciting, adventurous, and aspirational lifestyle—much like Batman’s Bruce…