FIT and Yunique Solutions Partner in New Fashion Product Lifecycle Training Program


$400,000 Systems Donation Provides PLM Platform for Advanced Student & Industry Education

NEW YORK, NY -- February 12, 2008 -- Academic leader The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software developer Yunique Solutions Inc. are partnering to bring an innovative new fashion product lifecycle management program to FIT students and fashion industry professionals. Facilitated by a $400,000 software and services donation by Yunique Solutions and a State University of New York (SUNY) grant, FIT will develop new training programs centered around the latest techniques and technologies for product development and other front-end fashion business processes.
In addition to their plmOn software, the Yunique Solutions donation also includes related system installation, implementation, and training services.

FIT will initially offer the new PLM training as a program in the school's Enterprise Center. Under the management of Ms. Christine Helm, the center serves as a business training resource for artists, designers, and fashion industry professionals. The new program will be promoted through a series of upcoming FIT seminars aimed at helping students and fashion companies realize the benefits of PLM. The new PLM program will also complement the extensive Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop training courses currently being offered at FIT.

Following an evaluation of fashion industry PLM solution providers, FIT selected Yunique as the software partner for the new program. "We were impressed with the flexibility of the Yunique software", noted Holly Henderson, assistant adjunct professor and fashion industry consultant. "They have a true understanding of the needs of fashion companies. In our research, we confirmed the importance for PLM in the industry and see it as a key driver to remaining competitive in today's global fashion industry."

 "We are proud to partner with FIT on such an important industry initiative", added Darioush Nikpour, vice president of business development at Yunique. "The fashion industry requires advanced training and game-changing technology to meet rapidly accelerating consumer and competitive demands for more innovative products, greater product value, and faster business execution. This combination of training and technology will drive the innovative business processes needed to succeed in the future of fashion."

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has rapidly become one of the hottest technology applications in the apparel, accessories, footwear, textiles, and other fashion-related industries due to its ability to support and integrate the merchandising, design, development, pre-production and sourcing activities that are critical in today's consumer-driven marketplace.

About FIT

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York. The college offers more than 30 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees. FIT serves more than 12,000 students in such diverse areas as interior design, textile/surface design, advertising and marketing communications, fashion design, and fashion merchandising management.

FIT is proud to be part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. For more information on FIT, phone (212) 217-7999 or visit

About Yunique Solutions

Yunique Solutions Inc. is a New York-based developer of 100% browser-based product lifecycle management solutions that enable today's fast-paced apparel, textiles, and accessories retailers, brands, and manufacturers speed more trend-setting merchandise to market by improving collaboration across their entire supply chains.

Yunique's flagship plmOn and srmOn products comprise a comprehensive suite of industry-specific technologies and services including line management, digital asset (image) management, materials management, specifications management, quotation and bid management, sample and production planning, and process tracking and management. Based on Microsoft's innovative .NET computing platform, Yunique's software solutions leverage the internet to provide organizations with the ease of use and global connectivity needed to execute, analyze, and optimize their businesses.

Yunique Solutions has been ranked by its customers as the top tier-one PLM solution provider to the fashion industry for the past two years in an independent survey conducted by Apparel magazine. For more information on Yunique Solutions and its products, phone (212) 672-0098 (New York), e-mail [email protected], or visit the website at




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