The Life-Changing Magic of Mentorship

Polimoda mentors Bruce Pask, Alice Ferraz and Torsten Hochstetter interviewed by The Business of Fashion


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Torsten Hochstetter, global creative director of Puma; Alice Ferraz, chief executive and founder of F*Hits; and Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, sat down with The Business of Fashion to talk about the importance of mentor-mentee relationships in education.

Polimoda believes in the life-changing power of mentorship; the benefits of an industry professional’s words of wisdom are countless. Today, it is crucial for students to grow through education and experiential learning. “It’s great to talk about theory, but it’s also important to ground it in reality. The experiential end of [mentorship] is really important — it is grounding education in the reality of how business is done today and how we get to do what we do. There are no better teaching tools than experience and being out there in the world,” explained Pask, mentor of our Master in Fashion Merchandising & Buying, to The Business of Fashion.

In a digitally manipulated media world, students are faced with information overload and need professional guidance and support. “There are so many voices talking in our heads in the digital world, that you need to have a solid base so you can hear what is important and act. Students hear from so many places and sides and when they go to the market, they need to know what they are doing,” said Alice Ferraz, mentor of our Master in Fashion Marketing and Communications, during her sit down with the leading digital authority of fashion.

There’s no way around it, the industry is constantly evolving and Torsten Hochstetter, mentor of our Master in Creative Direction, believes in lifting students to new heights through mentorship. “It’s also the industry’s responsibility to go to [students] and collaborate with them — foster the creativity of the talents that they have in order for them to grow.”

To find out more about Polimoda’s mentors and study their words of wisdom, you can read the full The Business of Fashion Q&A here.