Summer 2014

Fashion Buying and Merchandise ’85

KAREN GLOEGGLER is senior technical designer for ladies’ swimwear at Sears/Kmart. Also an avid quilter and quilting teacher, she wrote a how-to book, Jane Austen Quilts Inspired by Her Novels, after designing an Austen-inspired quilt as a high school graduation gift for her niece. Gloeggler says that, in addition to being one of the most…

Advertising and Communications ’89

LORRAINE REYNOLDS creates spooky assemblages of found objects in the vein of Joseph Cornell’s boxes. Her recent work involves torn-up garments cocooning doll parts and other objects. “Originally I repurposed found objects because I didn’t have any money for art materials,” she says. By day she is senior technical designer at Lands’ End, and she…

Advertising and Communications ’89

DUANE THOMAS, ADVERTISING AND COMMUNICATIONS, a freelance art director, and Sharon Graham, Fashion Design, a freelance designer, own Carbon Bazaar, an e-marketplace featuring more than 20 lesser-known, eclectic African-American designers and artisans. The duo, who met at FIT, supplement the online business with pop-up shops in the New York City area to generate buzz and…

Graphic Design ’94

ROB NORMAN owns Planet Brooklyn Academy, a store that sells athletic apparel featuring his collegiate-style graphic designs, printed in his business partner’s factory in New Jersey. “Growing up in Brooklyn, it’s like a school of survival on the streets,” he explains. “That’s where the name came from.” His best seller so far is a sweatpant…


REEM HUSSEIN paints Arabic calligraphy and teaches art to children and adults. Her paintings are inspired by the way objects look when they age. She is also chair of the art department at the Knox School, a boarding school on Long Island, and she teaches online art courses for the University of Maryland University College.

Fashion Merchandising Management ’03

KRISTEN CARUSO PAULOS is director of global communications for Yigal Azrouël, Inc. She oversees public relations, digital marketing, social media, corporate communications, and brand identity for the New York–based fashion company. That includes organizing runway shows and convincing influential stylists to dress the A-list in Yigal Azrouël. “Some people might find it silly to dress…

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing ’05

CONNIE TAM-TAI created Miyu Beauty, a cruelty-free line of facial serums matched with soothing teas. Tam-Tai has produced two serums: De-Stress Mi, with five minerals and licorice; and Hydrate Mi, with goji berries and a powerful moisturizing compound. The serums are light enough to be dispensed as a facial mist, and the herbal teas, which…