Launch of the
Center for Innovation
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) established the Center for Innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Yard is a former shipbuilding yard converted into an industrial zone where more than 400 businesses now operate. One of those businesses, Lafayette 148, gave FIT 2,000 square feet for the FIT Center for Innovation. Deirdre Quinn, the co-founder and CEO of Lafayette 148 and a FIT board member, has generously given the space and absorbed all associated costs; enabling FIT to realize its Strategic Plan innovation goal of providing faculty with this space for conducting individual and collaborative research. For the purpose of presenting the concept of the Center for Innovation to the FIT community, a series of open houses were organized. The open houses were held in October of 2019 and provided the opportunity for FIT faculty, deans, staff, and administrators to visit the space. With over 75 attendees, each tour gave an overview of the center along with a presentation about the parameters and focus of the space, followed by a discussion and opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.