STARTING FALL 2015
Our program in Fashion Accessories Design educates students in the design and manufacture of shoes, handbags, soft leather goods and accessories hardware. This $51 billion global industry is the focus of only a handful of college programs and remains underserved from a design perspective.
Developed in collaboration with Detroit-based company Shinola, which produces watches and small leather goods, the program prepares graduates to achieve design excellence from handwork to large-scale manufacturing, and to enter the industry with the know-how to forecast trends, manage supply chains, and develop and market a brand.
What Sets Us Apart?
- The CCS Fashion Accessories Design program is the first and only of its kind in the Midwest.
- The curriculum will prepare graduates to excel in all aspects of fashion accessories design from initial concept and design to final product manufacturing and distribution. In addition to a strong focus on creativity and design excellence, the program will cover topics such as trend forecasting and market research, fabrication techniques from handwork to large-scale manufacturing, supply chain management, branding, marketing, and merchandising.
- The CCS Fashion Accessories Design program is supported by an Advisory Council that represents a broad cross-section of the fashion accessories industry and leading brands, whose members include Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.; Linda Dresner, LINDA DRESNER; Catherine Forbes, The Forbes Company / Somerset Collection; Jen Guarino, Shinola; Tom Kartsotis, Shinola; Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed Projects and Lauren Pierce Atelier; Ashley Olsen, Dualstar Entertainment Group; Heather Joyce-Velez, Target.com.
Representative Career Choices
Leather Goods Designer
Soft Goods Designer
Color and Materials Specialist