Passing it ON..

This year marks our 3rd time in Florence..

Our students have invested their summers with Florence University of the Arts studying courses such as Florence Sketchbook, Italian Food & Wine, Italian Language, Retail and Hospitality..

This past summer three of our students were able to go thanks to FUA’s generosity. Their scholarship opportunities gave them the chance to have their ‘impossible’ turn into ‘possible’ and along with 7 other young ladies, discovered what fuels their passion. 

They have returned with stories, moments, lessons to tell, to share and tonight they spoke their hearts out to our guests from Harry S. Truman High School. Culinary students with their mentor/instructor Chef Brylski came and joined in this years presentation.


Cookies ready to be decorated….



CHEF Simone begins the Demo…






Artistry in Action…



We were so happy to have shared our time with other high school students that believe in their future and work hard towards making it happen..

This year one of Harry S. Truman High School Seniors will have the opportunity to travel to Florence to further their passion for the Culinary Arts..

We at The High School of Fashion Industries have been blessed 3 times and how better to show our appreciation by Passing it On…

to others that love what they do, as much as we do.



Studying Abroad – A MUST..

I have been blessed in my life. Even if I don’t have a lot, I have experienced a lot.

I have always said that there is a reason and a purpose for every thing you do and everyone you meet in your life.

When I had the opportunity to study abroad in college, I didn’t look at it as ‘I can’t because I don’t have money’, instead I thought of it as ‘This will get done, it’s just figuring out HOW’. That was the kind of thinking I was taught to have. To always think of the ways it can get done instead of the reasons why it WILL NOT happen.

Along on the ride was my friend Dionne, who was studying with me at FIT and actually graduated from Fashion High the same year as I. She wasn’t sure about going, and I thought her crazy to pass up an opportunity such as that one. I told her ‘Di, you will become a more coveted candidate when you apply for a job!’ When an employer of a company sits with you for an interview, the fact that you studied abroad makes a grand statement about you:

  • Your willingness to be open to other cultures teaches adaptability and assimilation
  • Your ability to travel independently makes a statement towards your level of maturity and responsibility
  • The knowledge you can acquire about another country and its people can serve you and your potential employer
  • And so much more that I want you to Discover on your OWN

Dionne came with me and this is her 9th year at Victoria Secret!

My journey led me to meet so many interesting people, some that I still to this day have in my life. One of them is Gaia. She is a free-spirit, strong, unrelenting and very assertive young woman that I immediately befriended and after 5 short years in Florence still kept in contact with.

Now Gaia happens to have as an aunt, a very amazing lady named Gabriella. As strong, as free-spirited and as unrelenting about education. This is where I immediately loved her.

It turns out that Gabriella founded this amazing school in Florence – Florence University of the Arts  and today they came to our school, the High School of Fashion Industries.

They hosted a leather workshop for our students and staff and introduced one of the many beautiful things Florence is known for – Leather. Students were able to make beautifully simple iPad cases out of soft nappa leather.

Working with Leather workshop3

And after they had the chance to enjoy one of the other amazing things Florence is known for – their Food!

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Students had an amazing time and I really hope that some of them really make Studying Abroad a Reality and not just a Dream..

Taking on the brilliant opportunity to study anywhere else in the world (New York City is also a very coveted location to study in, therefore consider yourselves very lucky) is a chance to brighten your future with a great career, great learning experiences and great friends. Thank you to my Stars Above for friends like Dionne, Gaia and now Gabriella..


Thank you to the amazing Culinary Team at Florence University of the Arts – APICIUS – International School of Hospitality

culinaryteamIII For more pictures, Go to the Gallery Page!!