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Abrima Erwiah Named Director of the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business at Parsons

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Abrima Erwiah Named Director of the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business at Parsons

Abrima Erwiah has labored for some of the most revered manufacturers in the world, together with Bottega Veneta, Hermes, and John Lobb, amongst others. She has been an advisor to the United Nations Worldwide Commerce Heart, served as a mentor below the Kering Basis for Girls’s Dignity & Rights, and taught in the Faculty of Fashion at Parsons.

She can be the co-founder of Studio 189, alongside actress Rosario Dawson, which is an artisan produced vogue way of life model and social enterprise that could be a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipient, and the CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability award winner. 

Erwiah brings all of this expertise and extra to her new position as the Director of the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business at Parsons, which is able to considerably improve the interdisciplinary examine of the enterprise of vogue and design at the main faculty of artwork and design. Drawing on the strengths of present diploma packages inside Parsons, it is going to advance the breadth and depth of alternatives to coach, prepare, convene, and assist a broad vogue enterprise group at the college. 

“I’m thrilled to start my work at Parsons, the place my objective is to create a middle of studying excellence that goes past any border or conventional means of considering, and disrupts the vogue {industry} in each potential means,” mentioned Erwiah. “We need to lead the cost in the evolution of the vogue {industry} and to assist put together the subsequent technology of leaders in vogue enterprise. We need to encourage the enterprise of vogue design by working as an innovation hub that cross pollinates throughout the {industry} and that creates hybrid packages throughout disciplines so we are able to work with the greatest of the greatest in tech, sustainability, enterprise, design, regulation, media, manufacturing, retail, and extra.”

As Director of the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business, Erwiah will oversee the launch of the Institute, present management and strategic route, create unique programming, conduct analysis and develop associated initiatives tied to the Institute’s mission and targets inside Parsons and the wider New Faculty group. 

“I’m so excited for Abrima to start out her position as Director of our new Fashion Business Institute, the place her deep expertise in vogue, sustainability, and enterprise will assist information the Institute on an progressive path ahead,” mentioned Rachel Schreiber, Govt Dean of Parsons Faculty of Design. “Parsons is dedicated to coaching the subsequent technology of vogue and design leaders, and the Gromek Institute will play an integral position in our academic mission shifting ahead. Abrima’s expertise, which ranges from working with luxurious vogue manufacturers to numerous initiatives aimed at bringing fairness and inclusion to the vogue {industry} make her the perfect inaugural director for our institute.” 

The Institute was created due to an $8.5 million reward from Joseph and Gail Gromek in 2019, the largest reward in Parsons’ 125 12 months historical past. Joseph R. Gromek has championed innovation and excellence all through The New Faculty. He’s a former Chair of the Board of Trustees at The New Faculty and present board member of Parsons Faculty of Design, and is an energetic philanthropist with a historical past of supporting well being and increased training.

“I’m so proud to see the Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute for Fashion Business launch with such a passionate and devoted chief at the helm,” mentioned Joe Gromek. “I do know the Institute will function the crossroads for all kinds of interdisciplinary research. It should act as a bridge between academia and {industry} and assist assist the growth and inclusion of a extra various group of future {industry} leaders. I can’t wait to see the vital and progressive work that Abrima Erwiah and her colleagues produce in the years to come back.”

The Institute will construct on a curricular suite of administration choices together with the industry-leading Grasp of Skilled Research in Fashion Administration in addition to packages inside the Faculty of Design Methods at Parsons. Beneath the management of the Director, the Institute will assist the growth of new and present co-curricular packages and initiatives. The educational construction will initially embrace an endowed directorship, a further school appointment, in addition to school and scholar analysis, collaborative exterior tasks, social engagement, and public programming.

In her position as Director, Erwiah may even oversee the Gromek Innovation Fund to offer assets for vital curricular work and to proceed to enhance Parsons’ present program choices and initiatives associated to enterprise and administration. The Gromek Innovation fund may even assist analysis exploring areas of our quickly altering financial system, together with subjects associated to methods and organizations, provide chain and design, sustainability, consumption, new applied sciences, labor, social justice, and discovering alternatives for companies and communities to thrive inside right now’s world.

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