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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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...
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...
Andrew V. Jassin
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Andrew is co-founder and managing director of the Jassin Consulting Group, a management consulting firm providing strategy development and implementation services exclusively to the fiber, textile, apparel and home furnishings industries and related supply chain companies.
In 1989 he formed the Marketing Management Group, Inc. (“MMG”), a consulting firm which helped fashion and retail businesses function...
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.
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...
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,...