The Fashion Class offers fabulous fashion design and sewing classes, camps and birthday parties for children & teens ages 6 – 17. Students learn to sew, design clothing & accessories and even create their own fashion brand. Our courses run throughout the year after school and on weekends. Classes end with a free fashion show…
Our sewing, fashion design, accessory, illustration and fashion branding/marketing classes for children and teens take place after school and on weekends throughout the school year. We divide our classes up by season offering sewing classes in the fall (Sept – Dec) for 12-13 weeks, winter (Jan – March) for 8-10 weeks and spring (April – June) for…
Our fashion design and sewing classes are located in NYC. We teach students (as young as six years old) how to make clothing using real sewing machines that they can actually wear! We’re located in Midtown at 21 West 39th Street 4th Floor and on the Upper East Side at Kids at Art (1412 2nd…
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 & Columbia Street. Our Sunday sewing classes for children (ages 6-12) run throughout the school year for 8-12 weeks in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Students in the…
Our fashion design and sewing classes are located at 1812 Merrick Road in Merrick NY. We teach students (as young as 6 yrs old) how to make clothing using real sewing machines that they can actually wear! Our after school and weekend classes for children & teenagers run throughout the school year for 8-12 weeks in…
Create with Sewing and Fashion Design Camp! We offer summer fashion design camps, winter break camps, one day school break camps, holiday camp and spring break camp in Manhattan New York and Merrick Long Island. Our camps are full days (in Manhattan 9-5 and in Merrick 10-3) with early drop off and late pick-up available. Our…
Make Friends with Fashion (Camp) The Fashion Class offers creative and fun fashion design camps for Kids ages 6-12 years old in Midtown Manhattan throughout the school year and summer; June, July and August. We also have a separate summer camp for Teens (13-17 years old) that focuses on starting your own clothing line! All…
Make Friends with Fashion (Camp) The Fashion Class offers creative and fun fashion design camps for Kids ages 6-12 years old in Merrick Long Island throughout the school year and summer; June, July and August. We also have a separate summer camp for Teens (13-17 years old) that allows teen campers to design and sew…
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. We offer Halloween costume making in October, American Girl doll dress making twice per year, and…
Private Sewing Lessons
Need to learn how to sew? Want to take your skills to the next level? Our private sewing and sketching lessons for children, teens and adults can 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 and children…
In School Fashion Program
Our ‘in-school’ after school program brings fashion education to your students! Our program is fun, affordable, educational and easy to implement. The after school program can be customized for your school by amount of students, number of weeks and lessons. We designed the program for: 90 minute classes once per week 10-16 week long program…
Girl Scout Troops & Schools
We love hosting Girl Scout Troops and school field trips at The Fashion Class! Sewing, design and illustration are the perfect activities for Girl Scouts, Brownies, Juniors, Cadette’s and Seniors to earn key badges! Our projects are educational, rewarding and downright chic. Plus TFC regularly teaches courses with themes like Entrepreneurship and Product Design; all…
Birthday Parties at The Fashion Class take place in our Midtown or Merrick locations. The birthday girl or boy can choose from a sewing project, a craft project or a runway show. Please download our brochures below for more information and pricing: All of our birthday party packages include: Use of separate party…
Sewing Birthday Parties
Our sewing party packages are 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 that the party can get started and children have a blast. We…
Craft 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 of all skill levels. All of our projects and tried and true; we pick only the most fun, stylish and creative projects that our students…
Fashion Runway Birthday Parties
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 show. The lights…
Fashionable Birthday Cake Contact us for pricing Our delicious Fashion Cakes are made by Icing on the Cake NYC in Midtown and Bri Lynn Desserts in Merrick. 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. All cakes are…
Request a Party
Please fill out the form to request a birthday party at The Fashion Class! Our event coordinator will get back to you to plan your child’s special event.
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