Unique finds piloted by students

Spring's fashion forward must haves can now be purchased on campus.

Fashion merchandising students at Fanshawe have been hard at work to provide fellow students with fashion forward, must-have accessories for this spring.

A three-week pilot project was launched last week in conjunction with the campus bookstore as part of a hands-on practical experience for second year fashion merchandising students.

The project was integrated into the program to allow students the opportunity to learn how a business operates successfully.

“(This) experience is a must,” said Michelle Giroux, a fashion-merchandising technician in the program.

“The project covers all fields of work - marketing, communications, buying. A real hands-on experience,” she said.

The college, along with the campus bookstore, has been nothing short of supportive for the pilot project, mentioned Giroux.

She could not thank the college enough.

Second-year merchandising students Andrea Mlina (left) and Casey Maia showcase some of this spring's must have items in DEF conjunction.

The project is awaiting approval by the college for upcoming fashion merchandising programs.

In turn this pilot project allows students to get real life work experience to add to their resumes for future use.

Ryerson university student and owner of Oh Dina! (accessories) Nicole McInnis joined forces with the Fanshawe community while at a MODE fashion event.

McInnis stated she was approached by fashion merchandising students at the event while at her booth and the rest is history.

“I try to create very feminine pieces,” McInnis spoke of her one-of-a-kind headband accessories, that are sold in 21 stores across Canada.

McInnis opened her business just last year.

The store sells everything from scarves to fashionable headbands, jewelry and fashion forward carry-ons. “If you're looking for something unique for the spring... we have it,” Giroux joked.

If you have not yet checked out Fanshawe's FM Connection in the DEF conjunction, be sure to visit the store to see all the amazing items spring cannot wait for.

The store will be opened until March 25, 2010.

For further inquiries regarding this year's must have spring items please drop by the store.

If you wish to inquire about Oh Dina's amazing headband accessories, please see her website at www.ohdina.com

March store hours:
Tuesday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.