Spotlight on Employer: Fossil Group, Inc.

The iconic watch tins. The diverse portfolio of globally-recognized brands. Numerous stores worldwide, wholesale locations, and a robust e-commerce business. These are things that make Fossil Group, Inc. a highly-sought out company to work for. Headquartered locally in Richardson, Texas, this global organization is home to design and distribution of fashion lifestyle and accessory products. Fossil Group, Inc. encompasses the American vintage Fossil brand, Portfolio brands such as Burberry, Diesel, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch, as well as contemporary lifestyle brand Skagen.

More than a dozen of Wade College Merchandising & Design Alumni are contributing their skillset to the growth of Fossil Group Inc. They are gaining exciting industry experiences within various departments of Digital Imaging, Portfolio Product Development, Materials Development, Store & Environmental Design, Fossil Jewelry, Fossil Men’s Leather, and Fossil Women’s Leather. The combination of their Merchandising & Design degrees, positive attitude, professional demeanor, and willingness to embrace opportunities to learn and do new things are some of the skills and traits that many Employers like Fossil Group, Inc. desire.

Wade College Alumni at work

Wade College Grads at Work!

Alumni Spotlight: Isi Gonzalez, Graphic Design

Wade College Alumni, Graphic Design 2013Meet Isi, Wade College Graphic Design Alumni who works with Digital Imaging for Fossil Group headquartered in Richardson, Texas.

Describe a typical work day:

I coordinate photo studio activities all throughout the process for brands such as Fossil, Burberry, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Armani, DKNY, Diesel, Adidas, Skagen. I create and update visual guides, handle imagery quality control to be the final source of imagery for the company worldwide, production, and retouching support for the team. I maintain close contact with all brands that Fossil Group serves. Also, I have worked on really exciting projects and launches such as the most recent Tory Burch watch launch where I had the chance to see her literally 10 feet away from me!

Why did you choose Wade College?

Wade was the best option as far as the professors’ teaching methods, how well connected the school is to the industry, infinite intern and volunteer opportunities, support from professors and peers to continue working towards your degree, and best of all, the incredible support to be ready for the real world!

How did education at Wade College help prepare you for your career?

From the smallest thing such as be in class on time, to how to carry yourself and be yourself at the same time, the concentration towards building a portfolio, and the support to start in the industry with volunteering, Wade helped me jump start my career.

What advice do you have for students beginning their careers in your profession?

Educate yourself. You’re already in school, but that it’s not enough. Get involved in local industry associations such as DSVC, go to seminars, conferences, volunteer, and enter design contests. Explore your creativity in and out of the classroom. Try and fail, but keep trying. Explore every single branch of your industry before committing to one.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In general, being where I am with a Bachelor’s in marketing, an Associate’s in graphic design, working on my Master’s, working for Fossil, freelancing, and being part of this awesome industry!

Quote that you live by:

There is so many!!! In general, “My life is constantly under construction, there is always something to improve.” But one of the ones that drive me everyday is: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when know better, do better” by Maya Angelou and “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

Thoughts From A Former Fashion Institute of Technology Professor

Wade College students at Dallas Market Center meeting
Wade College students at Dallas Market Center meeting

I taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for six years and in that time I came to discover how important an institution’s connection is with its professional industries. I taught graduating seniors who were completing internships at high profile companies like Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein. While these students were fortunate to have these opportunities, there were many students, typical of large institutions, who are left without career services opportunities. When I was recruited by Wade College , a small, private merchandising and design institution in Dallas, TX, I immediately connected with its similar philosophy of remaining connected to the institution’s industries and employment opportunities. The difference, however, is in Wade College’s size. What’s incredible is the number of job opportunities that come from the adjacent Dallas Market Center and the Design District, across the street. Unlike the Fashion Institute of Technology and similar institutions where enrollment spirals into the thousands, a boutique institution like Wade College can really service every one of its students with meaningful industry experience that often leads to gainful employment. As a native New Yorker, I did not realize, before relocating, how sizable the fashion and interior design industries are in Dallas. The Dallas Market Center is the largest collection of wholesale showrooms in the world. The Design District is among the largest collections of interior design wholesale resources in the country.  And Wade College, among the oldest creative institutions in Dallas, is literally in the middle of it all. You can’t imagine how exciting it is to be a part of this kind of demand! I take great pride in seeing my students – all of my students – engage in every fashion, interior and graphic design opportunity that comes our way.