ACROSS THE OCEAN: Saks Fifth Avenue has teamed up with the London College of Fashion to offer one student a 16-week paid internship to work on its private-label footwear collection. Beginning in March, students were invited to submit up to eight original designs and one prototype, which would be reviewed by the college and then submitted to a committee at the store headed by Elizabeth Kanfer, senior fashion director of accessories; Cody Kondo, omnichannel group senior vice president and general merchandise manager of shoes, handbags, jewelry and soft accessories, and Dayna Ziegler, divisional merchandise manager and vice president of shoes. The winner will be selected on June 22, and that student will be offered an internship starting in January 2014 as well as a cash gift. The association with the London College of Fashion is new this year, but the retailer hires approximately 85 students each year through its University Relations program, most of whom are in buying and planning.
June 20, 2013