NMSU students immerse themselves in the fashion industry

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State University is far from the fashion meccas that appear in the pages of glossy magazines. But that hasn’t deterred Kelley Coffeen from giving students at NMSU the chance to experience the fashion industry close up.

Coffeen’s mission as an assistant professor in NMSU’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department is to prepare students majoring in fashion merchandising and design for careers in the fashion industry. To do that, Coffeen believes in venturing outside the classroom – and outside New Mexico.

That’s why in 2019, Coffeen organized a class trip to New York City to give her students an insider’s glimpse into a thriving retail sector.

The whirlwind visit, which included tours of New York’s most iconic luxury stores, was a hit with students, Coffeen said. But it also served a deeper purpose.

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