In response to the fashion industry’s overwhelming need for innovation and multi-disciplinary approaches, in 2002 twenty of New York’s leading service providers formed the Fashion Service Network, a group of select, experienced and seasoned professionals delivering solutions and opportunities to the industry.
It is the goal of the Fashion Service Network to assist fashion companies seeking to expand, strengthen, and energize their business.
To accomplish this, the Fashion Service Network reaches beyond traditional resources and provides an all-encompassing service source for the fashion industry. The group contains leaders in all professional service areas.
The FSN meets regularly, exchanges information, communicates ideas, and discusses needs and opportunities. Interaction of FSN members has resulted in many business opportunities for their respective clients.
FSN is truly a visionary resource that explores and implements new strategies and business practices for the fashion industry.
“It is the goal of the Fashion Service Network to assist fashion companies seeking to expand, strengthen, and energize their business.”
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A genuine style insider, Karen has years of experience in merchandising, marketing and public relations. As President of the Accessories Council, a non-profit national advocacy group, she represents nearly 300 dynamic companies in the fashion footwear, accessory and jewelry industry.
Beyond current members, Karen works with hundreds of brands, retailers and industry support executives. Interacting mainly with C-level...
Howard D. Bader
Commercial Litigator & Insolvency Specialist
With experience in numerous and diverse industries, Howard has represented companies and their management in an extensive variety of litigations and bankruptcies throughout the country in various federal and state courts. Mr. Bader is also a recognized expert in international licensing and corporate law, working both with nationally recognized brands and start-up companies to...
President, Applications & Technology Outsourcing
Paul, who joined CGS in 1997, has over 25 years of experience in the information technology space. Leading the Application Solutions group at CGS, Mr. Magel oversees the company’s flagship BlueCherry Enterprise Suite of solutions for the fashion, apparel and consumer lifestyle products industry as well as the Technology and Infrastructure practice overseeing sales, delivery,...
Senior Vice President
Holding over three decades of experience, Frank is the go-to insurance specialist for the apparel industry. He is a long-time active member of the Fashion Service Network and has been honored by several organizations including the Jewish National Fund, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Scouting for Children with Disabilities.
Managing Director & Head of Factoring Division
Michael serves as a Director and Board Member of the Fashion Institute of Technology (a SUNY institution) and is the Chairman of their Finance Committee. He is a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City’s Board of Trustees and was previously honored at their 16th Annual Accountants and Bankers...
Jed Ferdinand, Esq.
Senior Managing Partner
Jed, the firm’s founder, is a leading authority in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, valuation and entrepreneurship, and these specialties form the core of his legal practice, his work as a valuation expert and his role as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School in New York.