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FIT Grad Update: Lydia Baird on Changing Careers & Sustainability

For many students, college coursework is the first step toward building a career in their chosen field. Exemplifying this, a number of graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s denim class have gone on to work in the industry. Carved in Blue is catching up with students from the course to see where their post-graduate lives have taken them.

Prior to FIT, Lydia Baird worked in film and television costuming for about a decade. Wanting to make a change, she was initially looking into design programs, but “the textile program just spoke to me and it was a lot about the intimate connection with the industry and the projects they were doing.”  She graduated in 2016 and is currently raw materials manager at Calvin Klein.

Lydia discussed what drew her to textiles and the benefit technical knowledge has had during her career.  

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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit