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MASTER CLASS: The future of fashion could be found at the Tommy Hilfiger boutique in SoHo on Wednesday evening, where the designer hosted 30 young beneficiaries of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. The students, who hail from colleges and universities around the country, are in New York this summer interning at companies like Polo Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, Perry Ellis and Kenneth Cole.
The event allowed the aspiring designers, merchandisers and marketers to mingle with industry executives and YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund board members, including Robert Skinner, chief executive of Smart Apparel USA; Paul Rosengard, group president at Perry Ellis International; Peter Sachse, ceo of Macys.com; Colleen Kelly, group president at Tommy Hilfiger USA, and Kenneth Wyse, president of licensing at Phillips-Van Heusen. Elisabeth Burack, a former scholarship recipient who now works as a designer at Hilfiger, urged the current crop of students to hone their networking skills. But perhaps the best lesson came from Hilfiger himself: never pass up the opportunity to make a sale. “You are the future, you inspire us — and we hope that you buy our clothes,” he told them. “Are the registers open?”