FIT DTech unites design thinking
with emerging technologies.

We work at the intersection
of industry and academia.

We develop new products and services that create value through thoughtful design and emerging technology. Since May of 2017, we have completed: 48 projects —  engaging  58 faculty and 186 students.
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Cotton Incorporated
Leveraging 3D fashion prototyping and media integration
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Girl Scouts of the USA
Reimagining symbols of affiliation for today’s Girl Scouts Uniforms
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PVH Stitch Academy x Browzwear
Product In a Day
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Adidas x Browzwear
Reinterpreting the Adidas iconic tracksuit
News Feed
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Inspired by the animated Netflix series “Karma’s World,” FIT students have designed a 50-piece fashion-forward children’s collection for licensing partners to incorporate across a range of consumer categories, with the first product set to launch later this year.Designs include jumpsuits, jackets, sweatsuits, dresses, swimsuits and footwear.The project came together via 9 Story Media Group creator, producer and distributor of award-winning animated and live-action content for young audiences, and Karma’s World Entertainment, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ entertainment media company, which forged a partnership with Fashion Institute of Technology’s Design and Technology Lab.
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In a world where isolation and work-from-home lifestyles have become the new norm, many industries and institutions — including fashion design schools — found themselves having to shift gears and pivot to a remote mode of operation.

When it came to showcasing their students graduate collections FIT organized a groundbreaking digital fashion show. Dubbed 7 Collections, the online event put the work of eight MFA Fashion Design students on display via DTech Live — FIT’s on-campus innovation lab working with design and emerging technologies. The event took place as a virtual showcase, but as the young designers presented their work, those viewing the show could purchase the garments from home. The shoppable graduate fashion show, powered by Bambuser, is the first of it’s kind, marking a new chapter of connecting design students with their potential customers.
DTech at FIT: Envisioning the future of business and creativity
An extension of FIT’s Innovation Center, the DTech Lab is FIT’s on-campus innovation lab developed with the promise of revolutionizing both the creative and retail industries, DTech unites design thinking with emerging technologies.

It’s where teams of FIT students —together with expert faculty—engage in research and problem-solving projects for companies facing a wide range of challenges. Industry partners enjoy the benefits of FIT’s unconventional minds who develop bold, original solutions by exploring trends in media, technology, and production.
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Our Partners
Collaboration with our partners is the key to  the success of DTech Lab. Our teams are  made up of student partners, faculty partners, industry partners and technology partners. We work together to solve challenging problems and identify solutions that add value through research, ideation and prototyping.
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The Team
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Michael Ferraro is the executive director of the FIT DTech Lab. Ferraro provides the strategic vision and creative direction for all Lab projects. His background in emerging technology and media production brings a distinct industry focus to the Lab’s experiential learning environment. Under his direction, Lab projects de-risk innovation for industry partners and empower entrepreneurs while helping build the workforce of the future.

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Judith Bowens is the managing director of the FIT DTech Lab, managing business operations and project initiatives. She brings years of retail experience as a vice president for Barneys New York to DTech’s interdisciplinary projects, and helps to guide the discovery of how technology will shape the future of the fashion value chain. Leveraging her background with businesses and fashion startups, she also advises students through their professional development.

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Joanne Arbuckle is the deputy to the president for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT. As the liaison between the president, the college, and outside organizations, she develops and expands global partnerships for the college. She closely collaborates with the executive director of DTech to integrate the work of the Lab with the schools and other divisions of FIT.

Meet the DTech Team
Fashion Institute of Technology

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Michael Ferraro
Executive Director

(212) 217-4018
Judith Bowens
Managing Director

(212) 217-4059
Joanne Arbuckle
Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs

(212) 217-7791
Julian Catasus y Brueggemann
Design Research Assistant
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