The Fashion Service Network invests in the future of the industry.
The Fashion Service Network enjoys a close relationship with the Fashion Institute of Technology. Each year the Fashion Service Network contributes a full upper school scholarship to FIT. Selected by FIT two students share the scholarship, one selected from the School of Art & Design and one student selected from the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. To date 10 scholars have been awarded, many FSN scholars are now successfully working in the industry with others completing their studies soon to follow.
In addition to the financial award, the FSN invites all recipients to participate in most FSN meetings and events and FSN members are always available to offer a broad range of expert advice and direction for our scholars with their careers.
Each semester the Fashion Service Network presents a panel class to the Faces & Places in Fashion class at FIT.
Periodically the Fashion Service Network presents informative industry educational events and host private networking gatherings.
“Fashion Service Network proudly supports the Fashion Institute of Technology and awards a full scholarship each year.”
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President & Executive Editor
Almost two decades ago, Jeff Mann, president and executive editor of Mann Publications, had already built and maintained a successful apparel business when he saw a void in the market for coverage of the real people behind the scenes in the Garment District. Fashion Mannuscript, which started as a four-page newsletter, evolved into a monthly magazine...
Harriet, a partner at Friedman LLP since 1985, has over 30 years of experience working primarily with distribution and manufacturing companies. She currently serves as one of the firm’s Co-Managing Partners. Harriet is a member of the Friedman’s Management Committee and is the leader of the Fashion and Diamond and Jewelry Practices. She provides accounting, tax,...
Executive Vice President
Josh has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, finance, and sales, and is also a member of the Fashion Services Network. Mr. Kapelman has also served as a speaker and judge at a number of conferences, most recently serving as judge at the Fashioning Our Industry pitch competition.
Josh has worked with an angel investment group out of Massachusetts as...
Founder & Principal
Jessica is the founder and principal of Attain Consulting Group. Creating Attain in 2004 after discovering her passion and talent for helping companies reduce chargebacks & deductions, Jessica is personally involved with every client. Known throughout the industry as an expert and thought leader in the area of deduction management as well as negotiation, Jessica...
Based in mid-town Manhattan, Abby joined Webster Bank in 2013 to lead the build-out of Webster’s middle market banking activity, providing the full range of credit and banking products and services to companies in the New York and Northern New Jersey market, continuing Webster’s successful geographic expansion of middle market banking across the Northeast.
Abby’s career in financial services...
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,...