Wednesday, November 7, 2018




 The New School’s Parsons School of Design has announced the fall 2019 launch of a new Master’s of Professional Studies in Fashion Management, a state-of-the-art program that will prepare students to advance and transform their careers and teach them how to create innovative ideas for fashion businesses, start-ups, and other fashion-related services. Award-winning fashion designer, musician, and author Keanan Duffty has been named Program Director.

 “Parsons is proud to expand our educational offerings by launching an MPS in Fashion Management,” says Dean of Fashion Burak Cakmak. “Under the guidance of Keanan Duffty, who brings an unparalleled level of experience in fashion, branding, and education to Parsons, the new program will train the future leaders of the fashion industry.”

 The MPS in Fashion Management is a year-long, immersive program that explores the fashion industry from a range of perspectives, including entrepreneurship, consumer psychology, technology, and new business models, among others. Students engage in conversations around the balance of creativity and commerce, how businesses and start-ups can reinvent existing systems, solutions for social media and e-commerce, and the crucial need for sustainability and social responsibility at all levels of the industry.

 The program’s curriculum will give students the opportunity to gain real-world experience at New York City fashion companies and ateliers through case studies, internships, and site visits, enabling them to graduate with a diverse portfolio of experiences that can be immediately applied to the fashion industry. As part of the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, students will benefit from the academic leadership, resources, and industry networks that have placed Parsons at the forefront of fashion education. In his role as Program Director, Keanan Duffty, a Central Saint Martins-educated fashion designer, brings more than 25 years of knowledge, experience and creative insights to the MPS in Fashion Management.

 “I am delighted to be joining Parsons School of Fashion, one of the world’s most respected and innovative educational institutions,” says Duffty. “The fashion system as we know it has lost its panache and relevance; and Parsons is in a unique position to build a new ecosystem at the intersection of design, technology, and sustainability.

Through the MPS Fashion Management, we have the opportunity to reinvent entrepreneurialism for the current generation of curious-minded and socially conscious students.” An acclaimed designer, Duffty’s namesake label was sold at more than 150 retailers around the world, including Lane Crawford, Bergdorf Goodman, and Barneys, and he has collaborated with David Bowie for his Target collection, Gwen Stefani’s LAMB, Ben Sherman, Aveda, Reebok. He is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and serves as part of the CFDA Education Committee and the CFDA Elaine Gold Launch Pad, a unique creative entrepreneurship program which provides focused design and business mentorship with milestone-based micro-awards encouraging participants to embed sustainability, technology, and innovation within their ethos and to explore new business models.

 Duffty’s extensive interdisciplinary expertise aligns with Parsons’ commitment to providing an innovative educational experience for students eager to challenge the status quo. Within the program, they will learn to combine creativity and commerce in order to develop insights and strategies that influence consumers’ perceptions, shopping habits, and interactions with brands and designers. Students will also work with industry professionals to identify business opportunities, new ways to streamline processes for profitability and efficiency, and methods for rapid innovation that unlock emerging opportunities in retail.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rebel Rebel - Women's Wear Daily

Keanan Duffty is a bit of a rebel, so it’s no wonder his new book is titled “Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style.” By Jean E. Palmieri on August 17, 2009 Keanan Duffty is a bit of a rebel — a British-born musican-turned-fashion designer who counts David Bowie and Avril Lavigne among his clients — so it’s no wonder his new book is titled “Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style.” The 144-page book, coauthored by Paul Gorman and scheduled to be released on Sept. 8 by Universe Publishing, highlights the conversion of pop culture and fashion. From Elvis Presley and James Dean to Johnny Depp and Gwen Stefani, Duffty explores the “heritage and history” of such fashion staples as the T-shirt and leather jacket, and how they have inspired rebel style. “By its very nature,” Duffty pens in his introduction, “rebel style is indefinable. It’s like quicksilver: try and grasp it and it disappears. There is one certainty, however: those people who possess it…look as though they couldn’t care less what anyone else thinks of them or what they are wearing. They exude confidence and charm, drawing all eyes to them.” Take the ubiquitous T-shirt, Duffty added in an interview. “No one thinks of a T-shirt as rebellious today,” he said, “but it was outrageous when Brando wore it on screen.” And the white tuxedo jacket made famous by Humphrey Bogart was also adopted by Sid Vicious. Items like these, Duffty believes, “have become real talismans of style.” The book is broken down into chapters for specific apparel items — Jean Genie for denim, Vive Le Rock for T-shirts and hoodies, and Do the Do for hair, makeup and body art. “When you walk into vintage stores, there are different sections for tuxedos, prom dresses, etc.,” Duffty said. “We approached the book the same way.” And if Duffty and his partners at Oxford Collections are successful, there just might be a Rebel Rebel apparel collection sometime in the near future. Duffty had collaborated with Oxford Collections, a division of Li & Fung, on his Keanan Duffty for Target and Bowie by Keanan Duffty collections of men’s wear for Target. Mark Wolk, president of Oxford Collections, said of the book: “There’s something really terrific here — icons challenging the fashion status quo.” He said he’s in discussions “about how to leverage the title and create a brand.” Wolk said he sees a line that would be centered on tops and would sit adjacent to premium denim collections. “I think there’s a great opportunity for this brand in young men’s. I’m talking to midtier retailers now.” Although any apparel collection would come out after the book is released next month, Wolk said: “Our aim is not to rush to market, but this is a particularly enticing concept and we see it as something with legs.” To create buzz for the book, Duffty said there’s a Sirius radio show scheduled for Sept. 10 and his band, Slinky Vagabond, will play at John Varvatos’ Lower East Side store in the former CBGB’s in early October.