Difference
Makers EDITORIAL

FIT students recognized aspirational difference makers: Emily Weiss, Steve Jobs, and Telfar Clemens.

The PETE Prize is inspired by Peter G. Scotese, Chairman Emeritus of the FIT Board of Trustees, and a pioneering entrepreneur.

Funding for the prize is provided by Edwin A. Goodman, former Chair of the FIT Board of Trustees, and a partner of Activate Venture Partners.

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Peter Scotese

Pete Scotese has been long recognized as a leader and visionary in the textile industry.  During his distinguished career, Pete was president of one of the nation's largest producers of textile home furnishings, where his leadership brought impressive long term growth.

His intrepid and unwavering drive to do good won Pete two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star medal for his bravery. Pete has been a great friend to FIT and an inspiration to young entrepreneurs committed to bold and positive change with their creative ideas.

Emily Weiss

At only 25, Emily Weiss launched "Into the Gloss," a blog dedicated to women's beauty. She would work on the blogbetween 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. before going to work at Vogue. At 29, Weiss quit her day job, raised $2 million in funding, hired a small team, and Glossier was born. Glossier creates minimalist beauty products for consumers of all ages and skin tones,  at approachable prices.

Telfar Clemens

Telfar Clemens is a Liberian-American fashion designer, DJ, and the founder of TELFAR, a genderless fashion label based in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

In 2005, while still a student at Pace University, Clemens founded his eponymous, unisex fashion brand, TELFAR.  Clemens won the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund with a $400,000 prize.  In September 2020, Clemens won again; this time receiving the “American Accessories Designer of the Year” award.

Steve Jobs

Jobs was raised by adoptive parents in Cupertino, California, located in what is now known as Silicon Valley. Though he was interested in engineering, his passions of youth varied.

Steve Jobs is an American business executive, Computer programmer, and entrepreneur. With his vision of affordable personal computers, he launched one of the largest industries in recent decades while in his early twenties. He remains one of the most inventive and energetic minds in American technology.

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