SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA - JUNE 11, 2009 – After 10 weeks of research, design and endless challenges, six teams prepare to present their business plans, freshly sewn sample garments and line plans to a judging panel of fashion and marketing professionals. It sounds like a new, hybrid reality show -- Project Runway meets The Apprentice -- but it's actually the culminating event of an operations management and marketing class in the Foster School of Business. OM 490 - Supply Chain Management in the Apparel Industry.
This is the third year for the class and the project this year was to design a line of men's clothing for the target range of 25 - 48 to be manufactured by Union Bay and sold at Nordstrom. Steve Ritchie (Union Bay) and Pete Nordstrom were among the panel of distinguished judges. Students worked in teams and had to do everything from researching the market, forecasting the trends, designing the garment, spec'ing it for construction, finding a model and preparing a runway show.
Photo - Paul Gibson.