In addition to owning www.MShopNYC.com, she's spent over 25 years working in the NYC Garment Center; Managing Production & Manufacturing (off-shore and domestic), as Product Developer, Merchandiser, Buyer, Trim Buyer, and Import/Export Manager for major fashion companies like Ann Taylor, Express, Limited, Liz Claiborne, Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Talbots Collection, Walmart, & Halston to name a few. She owned the trendsetting NYC boutique, M Shop for 5 ½ years which dressed countless A-Listers including Mary J Blige, Lenny Kravitz, Pharell, Eve, Li'l Kim, Shakira, Dixie Chicks, she's a Trend Setter & Forecaster, styled music videos, print, and Spike Lee directed TV commercials. She designed her own M Shop label, including special organic t-shirts to raise proceeds for her favorite charitable organizations. And has held just about every job imaginable in fashion, bringing immeasurable industry knowledge from personal hands on experience.
Since 2005, Michelle's been a Professor at one of the world's most prestigious fashion colleges, Parsons School of Design teaching Manufacturing, Trend Forecasting, Fashion Marketing, and Fashion Show Production. She participates as a Fashion Industry expert at Pratt Institute’s Round Table discussions advising graduating seniors about their careers in fashion. She's a former Contributing Editor at Fashion Mannuscript magazine for the column she created, “Fashion Speaks”. She's author of the booklet, "How To Manufacture/Produce Your Designs". And is currently penning a new book "Manufacturing Today & Tomorrow".
What do you do best?
Anything fashion, whether it's understanding style & aesthetics, to strategizing fashion business start-up, to designing, marketing & manufacturing product. I'm a fashion business problem solver.
What makes you the best?
My passion & the vast knowledge & experience I've gleaned over my very long career in the industry as well as my creative vision.
What are your aspirations?
To grow my firm M Shop NYC so that it's renown throughout the global fashion industry as the go to for fashion business assistance, and to obtain a Ph.D.
Opening my boutique in NYC, and bumping into a former student I taught here at Parsons who thanked me profusely for what she learned in my manufacturing class which she said enabled her to start & produce her own brand.
Most Challenging Moment?
After 911 keeping my boutique open when no one was shopping.
Always give the people something to want!
Grace jones, President Obama
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