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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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...
Michael is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and a former federal prosecutor. His father Leon Wildes is best-known for his successful representation of John Lennon in his deportation proceedings, Michael Wildes clients include First Lady Melania Trump, artists Sarah Brightman, Lionel Richie, Boy George, soccer icon Pele, master Chef Jean-Georges. He was also...
Peter W. Klestadt
Peter is a senior partner in the New York office. He has more than 35 years of experience concentrating in the areas of Customs and related import and export laws. He regularly appears before the federal agencies responsible for enforcing these laws, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Food and Drug Administration...
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...
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
The Kaufman Organization is a diversified New York-based real estate company active in ownership of commercial property, office leasing, management and acquisitions, with a special focus on the Fashion Center. With experienced leasing specialists, our team is ready to provide clients with sound advice, while negotiating favorable leasing transactions for tenants and owners alike. Kaufman Organization’s...
Executive Director and Industry Manager for the Apparel and Beverage Groups
Karyn Miller is Executive Director and Industry Manager for the Apparel and Beverage groups at J.P. Morgan within the Commercial Banking business. She has more than 25 years of banking experience and helps middle market companies with their banking and financial needs, including cash management, credit and financing, owner...