Manisha PatelJanuary 31, 2022 AATCC Blog


After a long winter break, we are about to start our 2022 Spring semester recharged and ready. We have many plans for an interactive semester to get students involved with the rooftop dye garden, meetings with leading textile professionals, and a tentative denim drive.

Last semester, we had the privilege of having some incredible guest speakers such as, Dominik Kufner from Wearable Technologies, Marci Zaroff and Dominik Kinschel from Oeko-Tex, Preethi Gopinath from Parson’s Textile MFA program, Alex Penades from Jeanologia, and Ruben Marroquin from FIT! We also got to work on cleaning out the rooftop garden in preparation for spring along with a pizza party for the club.

We have 2 club officer opportunities available, if you’d like to learn more, please contact

*Our first meeting of the year will be February 10th at 1pm with Maria Thiry, Communications & Membership Director of AATCC, to talk about scholarships through the organization. Also joining us is AATCC member, Patrick Ayers, the Director of Quality Assurance at Noble Biomaterials to answer questions about careers pathways and navigating through the industry.*


How to join the AATCC Organization

As students at FIT, we qualify for a discounted membership of $35 a year. As members, we gain access to scholarships, prizes, research articles and projects, competitions, conferences, various publications, the mentorship program, and a huge job database. The AATCC is an incredibly important part of the textile industry and by joining we benefit with becoming apart of a professional network and kickstarting our careers. Click here to join and click here to learn more about the AATCC student membership.
If you have questions regarding AATCC membership you can email Manisha Patel at

Please check out the scholarships available to FIT students and apply!


With sustainability being a pillar of our club, and a huge interest in many of FIT’s student body, this proposed Fashion Sustainability law definitely peaked interest. This past week, a bill by the name of the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability act, was introduced to a New York legislative committee. This bill would require global fashion brands that do business in New York to publicly release record of their ecological impact and make efforts to reduce their footprint. The law would require the brand to disclose the suppliers that work with and what they produce, as well as the addressing the human rights aspect by requiring them to disclose the wages of the people working in their production facilities. All of this information must be made public and promote more transparency. This is the first law of its kind to be introduced within the United States and it could definitely be a game changer. 
Read more HERE.


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We wanted to highlight some of FIT’s MFA program fashion design students and their collections. So much amazing work has been produced out of this graduating class and everyone has incorporated interesting textiles and technology in their work. We want to feature a few of the graduates and their beautiful work.





During the winter, runners deal with the wet terrain that makes their regular runs outside unbearable with the wrong shoes. It is important to be conscious of the material your running shoes are made of in order to protect your feet and resist as much moisture as possible. Professor Preeti Gopinath, director of MFA textiles at Parsons and previous AATCC club presenter, contributed to Select on the science behind textiles used for running shoes and the pitfalls of finding the right material for the job. Gopinath stated that the material used for a shoe of this kind cannot be completely waterproof as it would hinder breathability but water resistance textiles could allow water penetration over time. Gopinath told Select, “some running sneakers are more effective at repelling water because they’re coated in a chemical finish or because they include fabric with a tight weave of very fine hydrophobic yarns, such as nylon or polyester.” Fibers like Gore-tex have been used for a lot of shoe linings and polyester, nylon and other water repellant fibers are used commonly for the shell of the shoe. 
Read more about it HERE


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