Alumni Success

“The instructors brought patience, humor and years of industry experience into the classroom. Today I have a career that provides both the creative stimulation and financial stability that I crave.”

- Tina R.

 

“I learned the fundamentals of the fashion industry for a very small investment. I started my own clothing company and am in my 11th year of business!”

-Kym S.


 

Many of our alumni are successfully employed in the Bay Area fashion industry working as: 

  • senior designers and design assistants
  • garment technicians, technical designers, pattern makers (manual & CAD), product developers
  • research and development fabric and finish technicians
  • costume designers
  • fit specialists
  • illustrators
  • production coordinators
  • creative consultants and stylists
  • instructors
  • handbag and accessory designers
  • sample sewers, graders, cutters and more

 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Here are some of the companies in Northern California and beyond that employ our alumni and students:

  • Nasty Gal (Los Angeles)
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Gap
  • BCBG (Los Angeles)
  • Claire Shaeffer (company owner – author – designer – pattern maker-respected couture expert – lecturer – columnist)
  • Trish Lee San Francisco (company owner – designer)
  • Hincapie Sportswear
  • Athleta by Gap
  • Gymboree
  • Erica Tanov
  • Two Star Dog (company owner – designer)
  • Design Veronique (company owner – designer)
  • Design Veronique (production manager)
  • Nomadic Traders (pattern maker)
  • baby turtle dove
  • MitchelLavender + Vintage by Daisy Neske (company owner – designer)
  • Vee-eL (company owner – designer)
  • Triple Aught Design
  • InfiKnit Wrap (company owner – designer)
  • Apparel Arts (company owner)
  • Candace Kling (company owner- author – ribbon artist – textile sculptor)
  • Doing Everything Different by Devin Lars
  • American Giant
  • Stella Carakasi Boutique (company owner – designer)
  • High End Uniform (company owner – designer)
  • STLM of Alameda (company owners – designers)
  • Loft 1513 Boutique and Rag Doll Designs (company owner – designer)
  • Jessica McClintock
  • The North Face
  • Lacis of Berkeley
  • Nanette Lepore (NYC)
  • Anjali Kumar (NYC)
  • Embroidery Queen (company owner – designer)
  • Mind’s Eye Vintage Boutique (company owner – buyer)
  • Zaf Apparel
  • Sylvan Guille Design Studio
  • Stone Mountain and Daughter
  • HLC Company Goods (company owner – designer)
  • Twisted Candi Bikinis
  • a verb for keeping warm
  • The Oakland Museum
  • Unmentionables by Jessie Jane
  • Castro Valley Performing Arts Production of ‘Grey Gardens’ (designer)
  • San Francisco Dickens Fair (design assistant)
  • Butterfield 8 Theater (design assistant)
  • Simply She Pet Clothing
  • The 2 Bandits (company owner – designer)
  • Steven Heard Design Studio
  • Byer of San Francisco
  • Simply She
  • Fashion Blog: mydailythreads.blogspot.com
  • Kana Rosos Design Studio (company owner – designer)
  • Biscotti
  • Mountain Hardwear
  • Goorin Brothers
  • House of Hengst
  • Robert Joseph Swimwear (company owner – designer)
  • oishii cashmere and cotton knits (company owner – designer)
  • wenifnotnow (company owner – designer)
  • Lemon Twist (company owner – designer)
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Piedmont Fabric
  • Mimi’s Custom Design and Sample Making (company owner – designer)
  • Ocelot Clothing
  • Glass House
  • Arara of San Francisco (store owner – designer)
  • Candy Boutique of Oakland
  • Stone Mountain and Daughter (instructor)
  • Handcraft Studio School (instructor)
  • Craftsy (instructor)
  • Erica Tanov (internship)
  • Trish Lee Bridal (internship)
  • Verrieres & Sako (internship)
  • Design Veronique (internship)
  • Nomadic Traders (internship)
  • Sagebox Studio (internship)
  • California Shakespeare Company (internship)