"The right job came at the right time, and it happened to be in New York,” explained Iris Litwin ’04, who admits she had no intentions of moving to the Big Apple before she landed a job as a professional fabric dyer for the costume shop Parsons-Meares, Ltd.
The opportunity allowed Litwin to have a hand in numerous Broadway productions, including The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and Shrek the Musical, which won a Tony Award for Costumes.
Seeking a position with more room for growth, Litwin moved on to Welspun USA, Inc. where she worked on private label bedding for national retailers, including The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, and more. She had established herself so well in the home textile industry that when the company closed the bedding department, she received several offers from various clients before her last day in the office had arrived.
Ultimately, Litwin ended up taking what she calls a “permalance” position at CHF Industries, Inc. as an assistant bedding designer for all the brands that fall under Donna Karan, including DKNY, Pure DKNY, Donna Karan Collection, and Donna Karan Essentials. “I’m extremely happy with the way things have been going,” she said.
As for advice to current students, Litwin encourages everyone to take advantage of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development. “They helped me get a Fulbright grant to India to pursue studies on block printing and natural dyeing techniques,” said Litwin, who spent a year there learning traditional techniques, working with local craftspeople, and traveling for research and inspiration. “They can help you with whatever you are applying for,” she said.