MICHELLE ALLEYNE, FOUNDER
Fashion Authority, Michelle Alleyne earned a B.S. at Howard University in Fashion Merchandising & Business Management, studied Apparel Production Management at FIT, and earned an M.S. from Parsons School of Design in Strategic Design and Management in 2015; further sharpening her skills in innovative & ethical business models, design thinking, and sustainability.
She founded M SHOP in ’98, a hip brick-and-mortar downtown NYC boutique supporting fierce emerging designers, which dressed countless A-Listers. This gave her the opportunity to design her own M SHOP label and special organic t’s to raise proceeds for her favorite charities. In ’04 the boutique morphed into the Full-Service Fashion Firm it is today, providing Workshops, Consulting, + Products to assist fashion entrepreneurs with EVERYTHING to LAUNCH their businesses from concept, product development, marketing, promotions, sourcing, manufacturing, to sales. And ELEVATE existing brands to the next level.
Since ‘05, Michelle's been a Professor at one of the world’s leading fashion universities, Parsons School of Design. She's Contributing Editor at Fashion Mannuscript magazine. She’s author of the booklet, “How To Manufacture/Produce Your Designs”, and is currently penning a new book about Manufacturing. She's a Fashion Authority who advises graduating seniors regarding their careers in fashion. And is constantly invited to judge fashion designers, and lecture worldwide on Starting & Building A Fashion Company, Trend Forecasting, & Marketing.
In addition Michelle’s spent numerous years working in the NYC Garment Center; Managing Production & Manufacturing (off-shore and domestic), as Product Developer, Merchandiser, Buyer, Trim Buyer, and Import/Export Manager for major fashion brands like Macy's, Ann Taylor, and Halston to name a small few; affording her immeasurable industry knowledge from personal hands on experience. She's a Futurist, Trend Leader & Forecaster, & has even styled editorials, Millicent Shelton directed music videos, and Spike Lee directed TV commercials.