Mark Badgley and James Mischka will be running late to the office Thursday morning, but with good reason. The designers plan to drop in at Publicolor’s Summer Design Studio at Pratt Institute to talk shop with 70 students from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Harlem. The seven-week program for at-risk teens teaches them textile design through dyeing, weaving, sewing and patternmaking. After hearing about the Ruth Lande Shuman-led initiative through friends in the industry, the pair decided to get involved. So they will roll up their sleeves and visit various Publicolor classrooms and studio sessions to talk shop.
After reviewing the high school and middle school students’ work, the designers will offer some friendly school and career advice. The students’ extended stay at Pratt this summer is meant to make them feel more comfortable about pursuing college. Many of the students will be the first members of their family to do so. Publicolor helps them secure financial aid and, if need be, subsidizes any shortfall.
This will be the first time Badgley and Mischka have been involved with Publicolor.