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 16th year of business!”

-Kym S.


 

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

  • designers (senior and assistant)
  • product developers (senior and assistant)
  • technical designers (senior and assistant)
  • pattern makers (senior and assistant)
  • garment developers (senior and assistant)
  • garment technicians (senior and assistant)
  • innovation developers
  • research and development fabric and finish technicians
  • fit specialists
  • production coordinators
  • sample room coordinators
  • costume designers (senior and assistant)
  • illustrators
  • project managers
  • creative consultants and stylists
  • instructors
  • handbag and accessory designers
  • sample sewers, drapers, cutters, graders and more

 

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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

  • The North Face (assistant product developer – materials and quality assurance lab assistant)
  • Levi Strauss & Co. (innovation developer – sample coordinator)
  • Gap
  • BCBG (Los Angeles)
  • Claire Shaeffer (company owner – author – designer – pattern maker-respected couture expert – lecturer – columnist)
  • Trish Lee Bridal (company owner – senior designer – assistant designer)
  • Fanatics Inc. (senior product developer)
  • Hincapie Sportswear
  • Azazie Inc. (assistant bridalwear designer – sourcing)
  • Byer of San Francisco (technical design manager)
  • Athleta by Gap (technical designer)
  • Micaela Greg Knitwear (assistant to designers)
  • Gymboree (technical designer)
  • Erica Tanov
  • Two Star Dog (company owner – designer)
  • Design Veronique (company owner – designer)
  • Design Veronique (product manager)
  • Nomadic Traders (pattern maker)
  • baby turtle dove (pattern maker)
  • MitchelLavender + Vintage by Daisy Neske (company owner – designer)
  • Vee-eL (company owner – designer)
  • San Francisco Opera (designer)
  • California Shakespeare Theater (first pattern maker – draper – cutter – assistant shop manager)
  • Douglass Morrison Theater Costume Department (designer – shop manager)
  • San Francisco Dickens Fair (design assistant)
  • Butterfield 8 Theater (design assistant)
  • The Oakland Museum
  • Lacis of Berkeley
  • 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 Studio (company owner – designer – pattern maker – technical designer)
  • High End Uniform (company owner – designer)
  • STLM of Alameda (company owners – designers)
  • In-House (formerly Loft 1513 Boutique) and Rag Doll Designs (company owner – designer)
  • Jessica McClintock
  • 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 (pattern maker – grader)
  • Unmentionables by Jessie Jane
  • Simply She Pet Clothing
  • The 2 Bandits (company owner – designer)
  • Steven Heard Design Studio
  • Batalá San Francisco (designer)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link(s) below describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the latest completed academic year (as of July 1). Full-time status is defined as a student that enrolls in 12 units for both the fall and the spring semesters of a given academic year.

http://web.peralta.edu/ge-undergrad/2017/College%20of%20Alameda/ADAM%20Apparel%20Design%20and%20Merchandising/50.0407-Gedt.html