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Properly, you’ve obtained to confess, this was a 12 months like no different!

Good riddance 2020. However earlier than you go, we’d like to recollect those that tragically misplaced their lives because of the pandemic and people of us who nonetheless mourn the buddy or relative that’s gone. Please settle for our honest condolences.

As we realized to regulate to the brand new 2020 regular, we gained perception into what’s actually vital in life. We even caught a glimpse what life is perhaps like sooner or later. And there’s some hope on the horizon.

We realized the time period ‘important employee’. Well being care professionals and others who stepped up whereas many people locked down. The ‘thanks’ record is lengthy. From grocery retailer personnel and different service sector employees, to truckers, FedEx, UPS and Amazon employees, to farmers, meat packers and numerous others. How can we ever repay them?

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Faculties and lecturers discovered what we at UoF have identified for years…the way forward for training is on-line, and that content material is King! When colleges demanded their lecturers begin instructing remotely, a whole lot of lecturers from many various colleges all over the world wrote to us for assist. We gladly gave free entry to our content material to assist them by means of the semester. Many colleges turned subscribers in consequence. As well as, we actively promoted Trend Studying Pods on our weblog web page.

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Dad and mom turned lecturers and needed to regulate to a complete new way of life, many with the assistance of UoF. In 2020, the HomeSchooling Guardian Affiliation licensed the College of Trend as a professional instructional supplier for its members.

UoF certificated by Homeschooling Guardian Affiliation (Picture credit score: Homeschooling Guardian Affiliation)

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Our hearts had been damaged as we watched occasions unfold in Could, starting with the mindless killing of George Floyd. UoF responded to the #BlackLivesMatter motion by protecting the style business’s response on our weblog and by providing free limitless entry to the UoF library to Customized Collaborative, a Harlem non-profit that advocates for girls with low to no-income and immigrant ladies, to construct the talents crucial in order that they’ll obtain financial success within the sustainable style business. We additionally gave free limitless entry to Black Trend World a company that gives black style professionals entry to greater training, capital, mentorship and the recommendation of consultants. We proceed to showcase African American designers on our weblog as a result of collectively we will make a distinction.

(Picture credit score: Menswear designer/bespokesman/UoF Teacher Rishabh Manocha -Photograph credit score: Mitchell Helson)

We had been unhappy to listen to that so many small companies had been pressured to shutter and that a few of our entrepreneurial subscribers and instructors with bespoke style companies had been utterly locked down. We’re hopeful that they’ll be capable to reemerge and thrive.

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Many people made and wore masks, adopted social distancing guidelines and proceed to play by the principles. We watched in horror as others didn’t. Our masks contest in April introduced out sewers from round the usand as far-off as Africa, Iraq and Mexico. It warmed our hearts to see how the stitching neighborhood and the style business stepped as much as the plate. Our founder, Francesca Sterlacci, sewed 300 masks for her native nursing properties.

Whereas we witnessed essentially the most contentious election in our lifetime, we proceed to have hope that as a rustic, we will unite and work collectively.

Now for some Silver Linings. The pandemic introduced local weather become focus. The style business is lastly inspecting its carbon footprint and taking a look at textiles and expertise to assist. In March we reported how that is occurring in our put up Pandemic, Air pollution – A Trend Trade Wake-Up Name? Our 3-part sequence on  3D design explored how 3D design will assist save the planet and our 3-part lesson sequence on the best way to design sustainably, taught by founder Noor Bchara of Upcycle Design College, continues to encourage designers to begin their very own upcycle/recycle model.

So…the longer term. As we transfer into 2021, UoF is dedicated to delivering the perfect in style training with the perfect expertise that our business has to supply. Right here’s a preview of some new classes and sequence that we’re engaged on:

  • Swimwear
  • Intimate Attire
  • Superior Draping
  • Superior Menswear
  • Visible Merchandising
  • Superior Sample Making

As we eagerly welcome the thriller of 2021 with open arms, we wish to thank all of our UoF behind-the-scenes professionals (particularly Brad, Myrna, Chen, Toni and Barbara), our instructors, our particular person subscribers and our many faculty, library and firm subscribers.

We want you all a really Pleased New 12 months!

Greatest needs,

Francesca Sterlacci – Founder/CEO College of Trend

Jeff Purvin – Government Chairman