Meet the Team

The Fashion School Store team is lead by Dr. Jihyun Kim (a.k.a Dr. J.), the faculty director for the store. The daily in-store operations are overseen by store manager Marguerite Loomis. Assisting Loomis in the store, are a talented and dedicated group of fashion merchandising and design students. 

In addition, the store has an advisory group made up of Kent State Fashion School faculty. Associate lecturer, Paula Dancie, is the lead of the store's BESPOKE product line planning and engineering. Associate professor, Vince Quevedo, is the faculty leader for the Collaborative Fashion Production class taught in the Fashion School. Assistant professor, Kendra Lapolla, is the lead of product innovation of the store. Dr. Lauren Copeland, an assistant professor, leads the store's retail innovation. Rounding out the team is assistant professor, Dr. Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing, who serves as the store's small-business specialist.