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The company behind Nautica, Lee and Timberland is joining forces with NC State

N.C. State’s College of Textiles has partnered with Greensboro-based VF Corp. to support student development and advance apparel and textile innovation.
N.C. State’s College of Textiles has partnered with Greensboro-based VF Corp. to support student development and advance apparel and textile innovation.

In a match made in North Carolina fashion heaven, N.C. State’s College of Textiles has partnered with Greensboro-based VF Corp. to support student development and advance apparel and textile innovation.

The partnership will facilitate new education and training opportunities for students in both the College of Textiles and Poole College of Management at N.C. State. The collaboration also will allow for new research projects and executive education opportunities for VF associates, and it will establish a VF presence on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus.

“It is highly student-focused in ways that will enable new leadership development, extracurricular enriching experiences, research and innovation projects involving students, and career opportunities,” says David Hinks, dean of the College of Textiles.

“For example, VF will partner with both the College of Textiles and Poole College of Management (PCOM) faculty and staff to implement programs in leadership-development training that the textiles, apparel and footwear industries need to thrive. It will also fund both undergraduates and graduate students to work shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty, staff and VF leaders on challenging and game-changing research and development projects.”

For fashion-focused students in particular, the alliance opens the door to some of the country’s most iconic apparel brands. VF is the parent company of Nautica, Wrangler, Lee, Timberland, Vans and The North Face, among others.

“It will help our fashion majors develop additional leadership and professional development skills outside the classroom, studio and laboratory,” Hicks says. “It will also expose them to the dynamic changes in the fashion industry through VF internships at VF or within one of the company's approximately 20 brands.”

Dress not closing after all

Last month, Dress designer resale boutique announced it would close its Six Forks location and focus on the Wade Avenue location and other aspects of its business. This week, though, owner Pam Mullaney announced via email that the Six Forks location would indeed remain open, only closing Jan. 21-Feb. 4 for a refresh.

In the meantime, fans of “The Bachelor” can meet Raleigh contestant Jenna Cooper during an event from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Wade Avenue location. Attendees also can enjoy drinks and discounts. For more info, call 919-699-6505.

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