Success Stories

  • Grace Hazelgrove

    In her senior year at VCUarts, Grace had the unique opportunity to study abroad in Guinea, West Africa where she lived and apprenticed with a local tailor and his family.  There, her love of print design grew, and she later applied her experiences from the West African culture to her collection. A BFA in Fashion Design, Grace now lives and works in New York City.”Post grad life is a whirlwind and you have to find your niche in this industry,” she says. “You have to jump in and truly be passionate about whatever you want to take on.” Grace is now working as a Print Cad Design Assistant at Ralph Lauren, which was her dream senior year. “[I’m] so happy to have a design foundation from VCU that now has been the jump start of my career in print design.”

    Find Grace Hazelgrove on the web at http://hazelgrovegm.wix.com/grace

  • Warren Satchell

    Warren  Satchell is the Men’s Fashion Editor at Amazon Fashion based in New York, NY.  Warren holds a B.A. degree in Fashion Merchandising from V.C.U. He has more than 12 years of progressive retail experience in the industry and has held roles in buying, global merchandising, and product development. Warren’s professional career began in 2003 as an Assistant Merchandise Manager, focused on Men’s Apparel, with Armani Exchange and he remained with the brand for 6 plus years holding various roles of increasing scope and responsibility. In 2009 he went to work for Gap Europe as a Product Manager overseeing product development for the European men’s business focusing on Apparel and Accessories. Two years later, in 2011, Warren joined Indigo Books & Music, a lifestyle store based in Toronto. Warren was hired as the Director of Buying & Merchandising for the Accessories and Apothecary divisions.  This role challenged Warren to not only find the best goods/products in the global marketplace but to also identify ways to tell creative stories both in-store and online.  Warren held that role for a little over a year and decided it was time to move back to New York. Upon returning to New York, he worked for both Kenneth Cole and Original Penguin both in buying/merchandising capacities focusing on men’s apparel and accessories. It was at Indigo that Warren fell in love with the idea of storytelling and the world of e-commerce hence his now role with Amazon Fashion. Warren also currently sits on the NY Fashion Advisory Board for V.C.U. as well as the Art Institute of New York.

  • Sophia Li

    Sophia Li is the photo producer for VOGUE.com where she produces, conceptualizes, and turns ideas into reality to execute seamless photo shoots. Under the guidance of the photo editor and photo director, Sophia is grateful to have the opportunity to work with the brightest and most brilliant minds in the industry: from contemporary artists and fashion designers to athletes and supermodels. Her favorite aspect of the position is being able to tap into both her creativity and business mindset on a daily basis.Sophia is the first to ever hold this position at VOGUE.com. As digital is still a fresh frontier for many print publications, this role was secured with Sophia’s unique blended background in fashion forecasting, marketing, and digital journalism.  As a proud graduate of the 2013 VCU fashion-merchandising program, Sophia can accredit her alma mater for preparing her for such a demanding and coveted position.

  • Joshua Coleman

    Joshua Coleman is a man of many titles: Costumer, Fashion Stylist, Artist, Designer, Craftsman, Photographer, and Workaholic. While residing in both Los Angeles and Virginia, he is a member of the Motion Picture Costumers Local 705/487 unions and has worked on some of the biggest movies, television shows, and award ceremonies in the entertainment business. A sampling of his portfolio includes: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, 300: Rise of an Empire, Lincoln, Water for Elephants, Pirates of the Caribbean III, True Blood, American Horror Story, Grey’s Anatomy, The Hangover II, The Emmys, Academy Awards, and The Grammys. Born in Richmond Virginia, Coleman graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University ‘s fashion merchandising department in 2003 and has stories and photographs that seem surreal to most people. He has gone on tour with KISS, lent his personal waist belt to Paul McCartney, killed King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, rhinestoned shoes for Cher and Diana Ross, and has even playfully worn some of the most memorable costumes to date. He has styled various ad campaigns, commercials, and magazines, including covers for Entertainment Weekly and Men’s Health. His artistic and entrepreneurial background stems from growing up and working in two family businesses: Tinkers, a premiere home décor/gift boutique, and Tinker & Company,one of the largest furniture restoration businesses on the east coast. For more information, check out WWW.JOSHSTYLE.COM

  • Michael Fisher

    Michael Fisher is the creative director for menswear and lifestyle forecasting at New York-based Fashion Snoops. There, he predicts and analyzes trends on a global level for some of the most important companies in the world, and manages content for denim, active, boy’s, retail, and youth culture. He spends much of his time traveling to both established and emerging markets around the world to hunt for innovation and newness in the market, attending trade shows and runway collections in key fashion cities, and assisting with special consulting projects for a variety of corporate clients from many different industries. With 12 years of experience in the industry, Michael has an established background in trend forecasting, color and materials, fashion direction, buying, concept design, merchandising, and marketing. Prior to trend forecasting at Fashion Snoops and leading the menswear team at another forecasting agency, Stylesight/WGSN, Michael held positions as a fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, a buyer for men’s designer collections at Barneys New York, and started his career in advertising, marketing and media at Ralph Lauren. He is also a long-distance adjunct instructor for trend forecasting here at VCU and a longtime member of the department’s New York-based advisory board. Michael is a proud 2002 graduate of fashion merchandising and lives outside of New York City in Connecticut.

  • Sue Goodwin

    Sue Goodwin is a fashion industry professional with a global background. She has had the opportunity to work for a number of leading Fortune 500 fashion/luxury companies as a senior executive including Bern Conrad, Dana Buchman, Hampshire Group, Jones New York and most recently, Ralph Lauren.
    In her current position, she leads the development of the men’s Purple and Black luxury knitwear collections as the strategic liaison between design/merchandising teams, sourcing, raw material suppliers, factories and the global offices. The process strives to drive efficiencies, improve margins and department profitability while delivering world class luxury collections for discerning global customers. The skill set she has honed over the years includes personnel development, talent management, scheduling, and working with highly creative and engaging teams. Sue is committed to mentoring the next generation of industry professionals. She dedicates time reaching out, speaking at Fashion Group Career Day seminars, giving guest lectures at FIT, and coordinating events for VCU fashion students. She is a member of the VCU NY Fashion Advisory Board and has often juried the VCU fashion show. She currently shares her time between New York City and her home in Richmond, Virginia, enjoying the cultural offerings of both.