The School of Fashion at The New School’s Parsons School of Design, in collaboration with global lifestyle & leading youth culture brand Complex and Yellowbrick, today announced Streetwear Essentials, a unique non-credit course that will help prepare learners for careers in the booming Streetwear market; recently estimated by Bain & Company to reach $429 billion globally by 2025. The program will take learners through the vibrant history of Streetwear, along with design processes, retail and marketing, and more. Instructors include Complex editors, Parsons faculty members, and industry experts such as Jeff Staple of Staple Pigeon, Don C of Just Don, Heron Preston of Heron Preston, Michael Cherman of Chinatown Market, Nick Diamond of Diamond Supply Co., Leah McSweeney of Married to the Mob, Rob Cristofaro of Alife, Shanel Campbell of Shanel, April Walker of Walker Wear, Maurice Malone of Maurice Malone, James Whitner of The Whitaker Group and more.
Yellowbrick, a New York-based education platform company, created the program in collaboration with Parsons’ acclaimed faculty, Complex editorial staff, and leaders from across the Streetwear industry. Through Streetwear Essentials, learners will earn a non-credit Completion Certificate from Parsons while acquiring important practical knowledge from leading academic and industry experts. All course materials and instruction will be provided online, which means students can complete lessons at their own pace and fit the course into their daily lives.
“As the leading youth culture brand in the U.S. and off the heels of our successful Sneaker Essentials program, we’re excited to have found education as a way to impact the next generation in our shared passion points,” said Christian Baesler, President of Complex Networks. “Our respect for and love of streetwear is in the DNA of Complex. We’re honored to provide our audience with a program that will educate them on its history from some of the biggest names in the business; empower their ideas and creativity, and help jumpstart a future they might not have thought was within their reach.”
“Our mission is to help learners discover career paths that align perfectly with the things they’re most passionate about,” said Rob Kingyens, President and CEO of Yellowbrick. “Streetwear is a movement that has inspired millions across Fashion, Music, Art, Dance, and modern culture. We’re excited to help bring the inner workings of this exciting industry to life for the next generation of creators and tastemakers.”