We offer 8-12 week courses in fashion design, sewing, illustration and creativity. Courses run during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons for children starting at age 6 through age 17. Classes are divided by age group.Our fashion design summer camp runs throughout July and August plus we have a variety of camps and activities during…
Our sewing classes for children and teens take place after school and on weekends throughout the school year. If you don’t see a session that fits your schedule contact us. We’d be happy to see if we can make it available in the future. Classes start the week of March 31st 2014 Classes run for 8…
Our fashion design and sewing classes are located in NYC. We teach students how to make clothing using sewing machines, that they can actually wear! We’re located in Midtown at 21 West 39th Street 4th Floor, on the Upper West Side at Make Meaning (75th & Columbus), and on the Upper East Side at Kids…
Our Brooklyn classes are located at the Brooklyn General Store in the Carroll Gardens/Red Hook neighborhoods. The Brooklyn General Store is located at 128 Union Street between Hicks Street and Columbia Street. Our weekend and after school sewing classes for children run throughout the school year for 8-12 weeks in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Be creative with The Fashion Class Sewing and Fashion Design Camp! We offer summer fashion design camps, winter break camps, holiday camp, and spring break camp in Manhattan New York. Our camps run full days, 9AM-5PM with early drop off and late pick-up available. Our students learn everything from sewing, fashion illustration, accessory design, and…
Early Summer Camp
Summer plans already set? Have a few weeks off in June? Then join us for our day-to-day pre-summer camp. Each day will bring a brand new project.
Kid's Summer Camps
Our full day fashion camp runs from 9am-5pm in two week sessions. Each day hosts numerous fashion based classes and activities from sewing to illustration, and even creating a fashion brand! Each session ends with a mini fashion show where our campers wear everything they've made down the runway.
School Break Mini Camps
We offer summer fashion design camps, winter break camps, holiday camps, and spring break camps in Manhattan New York. Our camps run full days, 9AM-5PM, with early drop off and late pick-up available.
Teen Summer Camps
Concept to Creation is a summer program for teenagers that teaches the fundamentals of starting a clothing line. We cover everything from inspiration to design, branding to marketing and even selling. Through guest speakers, trips to fashion showrooms, and lots of sewing studio time our summer camp students leave with a full fashion collection, brand name, logo, and look book.
Join us for fun and fabulous workshops offered seasonally at The Fashion Class! A great way to see if your child would like to take a longer course our workshops offer creative sewing projects in a kid friendly environment. Our most popular workshop is the Introduction to Sewing Class, a 90 minute class where students…
Craft and Sewing Workshops
Our Craft and Sewing workshops are a great way to test out a fashion course or just make something fabulous!
Private Sewing Lessons
Need to learn sewing, fast? Want to take your skills to the next level? Our private sewing and sketching lessons for children, teens, and adults cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing, fashion illustration, and portfolio development. While our scheduled programs are geared towards children, our private lessons are perfect for adults wishing to learn to…
Our creative parties for kids are truly one-of-a-kind. Geared towards children, girls specifically, we can alter our projects and decorations for boys, teenagers, and even adults! Our sewing and fashion design birthday parties feature creative projects that children can take home that day. We teach them how to use a sewing machine and allow them…
Sewing Birthday Parties
Have a creative, unique and fabulous sewing birthday party with TFC! Our sewing party package is perfect for children (ages 5+) and teenagers of all skill levels. Party goers learn to use a sewing machine while they create their project. Our friendly and professional staff (who also teach our regular sewing courses) handles the technical “stuff” so…
Arts and Crafts Birthday Parties
Create something fabulous this year with one of our fashion design birthday parties – perfect for large groups! Our craft and accessory design parties are perfect for children or teens (ages 5+) of all skill levels. All of our projects and tried and true; we pick only the most fun, stylish and creative projects that…
Fashion Runway Birthday Parties
Watch Your Child Walk the Runway in the Most Unique Birthday Party Ever! Our Fashion Runway Birthday Party (ages 6+) is quite an event! Our facility is set up into various stations: Hair, Make-up, Nails, Glitter Tattoos, Styling, and Accessorizing. Children visit each station until they are completely ready to hold their very own fashion…
Fashionable Birthday Cake Prices start at $65 Our delicious Fashion Cakes are made by Icing on the Cake NYC. Choose from polka-dot, sewing notions, and Paris themed designs. Cake flavors include red velvet, vanilla and chocolate with vanilla, chocolate, or cookies ‘n cream filling. Paris Photo Booth Add-On $15 per child – Adds 30…
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April 5, 2012
Tommy Hilfiger – Classic, American Style
When people hear the words “American” and “fashion” in the same sentence, a few names automatically come to mind, almost always including Tommy Hilfiger. He’s one of the few who has been able to create a strong enough identity to make himself synonymous with American fashion. As you might expect, it wasn’t an easy journey to the top, and with all the competition and diversity in todays ever changing fashion world, it’s a struggle to stay relevant and fashionable.
Tommy was born in the small town of Elmira, New York to a working class family. His interest in fashion started at a young age. He started working retail at age 18, and soon after opened his first store called The People’s Place, because he wanted to make clothes “for the people.” He would trek to New York City to buy bell bottoms and other jeans that weren’t available in his hometown and sold them in his store, along with other hippie-chic items like incense and records. His store saw success and led him to open a total of 6, but by the time Hilfiger was 25, the economy was in the midst of a downturn and his chain went bankrupt.
He fell in love with and married a woman who worked at one of his shops, and together they started work at Jordache. Although they were fired after only a year of working there, Hilfiger managed to build a reputation as a thoughtful and hard worker and was offered jobs at Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein, which he turned down because he wanted to start his own line. Hilfiger was lucky enough to be approached by an Indian investor named Murhan Mojani, who wanted to find a menswear designer to fund. The two came up with a blitz marketing campaign comparing Hilfiger to other great American designers, still seen as one of the most outstanding and memorable today.
Tommy Hilfiger's iconic breakout campaign
As you can probably imagine, this campaign caused a stir in the industry; some of the designers mentioned were upset with their mentioning in the ad without their permission, and it was quite a bold thing to come out and declare one’s self as “the next big thing in fashion.” Ultimately though, the campaign worked and catapulted the Tommy Hilfiger brand into the spotlight and into success. He had a lot of support from the hip hop scene, with rap stars and celebrities sporting his designs. Snoop Dogg wore one of Hilfiger’s iconic logo sweatshirts in March of 1994 on Saturday Night Live, which increased sales figures to an all time high. Commercially, he was quite successful, but the fashion elite still snubbed him. He was up to win the CFDA’s menswear designer award in 1994, but they chose not to give it out at all. They gave it to him the following year, and this has been a highlight in Hilfiger’s career.
By 2004, the company had 5,400 workers and revenues in excess of $1.8 billion! However, soon after, the Tommy Hilfiger brand was starting to decline in popularity. The big, flashy brand name and logo trend wasn’t as cool as it used to be, and the industry was changing at an alarming rate. Although Hilfiger had a diffusion line (“Tommy”) and many licenses, the company was losing money and needed to be re-vamped. In 2006, the company was sold for $1.6 billion to a private investment company. In 2010, the brand was profitable once again and the owner of Calvin Klein, Phillips-Van Heusen, bought the company for $3 billion. The ad campaigns of the last few seasons, which portray young, sexy, beautiful people wearing the Hilfiger brand, probably have a lot to do with this new found success; it’s very desirable for American youngsters once again.
Spring 2012 Campaign