General Notice

LIM College will be closed on Friday, July 29 and will reopen Monday, August 1. Summer Fashion Lab is not affected and will follow its usual Friday schedule.

Why LIM?

Located in Midtown Manhattan, LIM College prepares students for successful careers in the global business of fashion and its many related industries.


LIM College fosters a unique connection between real world experience and academic study in business principles. A LIM College education empowers students to become accomplished professionals in the dynamic global fashion world.

Our Mission



More than three quarters of a century ago, Maxwell F. Marcuse, an authority and pioneer in the fields of education and retail, was asked by leading retailers to create an educational institution for the business of fashion and merchandising. In 1939 Mr. Marcuse founded what was originally known as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) and in 2009 became LIM College.


Founded by Maxwell F. Marcuse (as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising) and was initially located at 45 West 34th St.


Seventy-nine women comprise the first graduating class.


LIM College moves to 677 Fifth Ave. (between 53rd and 54th St.)


LIM College moves to The Townhouse at 12 East 53rd St.


LIM College officially becomes co-ed.


Second generation: Adrian G. Marcuse assumes the presidency.


LIM Fashion Education Foundation is founded.


Bachelor of Professional Studies degree granting powers are authorized.


Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing is approved.


Third generation: Elizabeth S. Marcuse assumes the presidency.


Bachelor of Business Administration in Visual Merchandising is approved.


Maxwell Hall location opens at 216 East 45th St.


Bachelor of Business Administration in Management is approved.


Fifth Avenue location opens at 545 Fifth Avenue at 45th St.


Master of Business Administration degree granting powers are authorized.


Name of institution officially changes from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising to LIM College.


LIM College’s Townhouse at 12 East 53rd St. designated as a New York City landmark.


Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management is approved.


Undergraduate and MBA degree programs receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing is approved.


Bachelor of Science in International Business degree granting powers are authorized.


Master of Professional Studies in Visual Merchandising is approved.


Master of Professional studies in Global Fashion Supply Chain Management is approved.


Here are a few words of inspiration from LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse.

Welcome Letter


For more from President Marcuse, check out her blog.

President's Blog



Executive Committee

The Executive Administration of the College is comprised of the President, Provost & Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations/Treasurer.

Executive Committee Bios


Elizabeth S. Marcuse


Christopher J. Cyphers, Ph.D.
Provost & Executive Vice President


Michael T. Donohue
Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations, Treasurer



Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of LIM College and establishes the basic policies that set the course of LIM College. The Board is responsible for the performance of the institution, in all of its aspects and has the fiduciary responsibility for LIM College’s financial performance. Composed of a maximum of eleven members, the Board meets quarterly at LIM College and participates in commencement each May.


William J. Borner, Esq.


Vice Chair

Rosalind S. Neff



Sally A. Crawford
Patty Farmer (Class of 1976)
Kate M. Gulliver
Jay R. Horowitz
Elizabeth S. Marcuse, D.C.S.
Nancy Marshall
Bill Reichblum
Gail E. Rothwell (Class of 1971)
Stefan Shaffer

The Fashion Industry Advisory Board

The Fashion Industry Advisory Board helps LIM College fulfill its mission and strengthen many of the services the College provides for its students. It is composed of successful senior executives from a broad variety of areas in fashion and related industries which currently include manufacturing, licensing, accessories, luxury brands, sales and design, public relations, trend forecasting, marketing, human resources, merchandising, logistics, supply chain and store management.

The mission of the Advisory Board is to assist and advise the College in areas that include, but are not limited to, curriculum, student advocacy, long-range planning, industry outreach and public relations. In that capacity, Board members are mentors to our students, host field trips to their businesses, guest lecture in classes, hire our students for internships and permanent jobs, provide curricular advice and suggestions for new programs and/or degrees to help LIM College identify emerging areas of study. They also attend and participate in special events at LIM College throughout the year.


Sherry Cassin
Cassin Collections


Robin Bardolia
Chief Strategic Officer - NA

Dina Battipaglia
Founder, DMBT Consulting

Ryan Bonafacino
Advisor & Former Chief Merchandising Officer
Alex and Ani

David Burnett
Chief Merchandising Officer
Venus Fashions, Inc.

Denny Cohen Steinman
Former Senior Industry Executive – Retail & Wholesale

Mindi Cooke
Senior Vice President – Merchandising
Global Brands Group

Harry Cunningham
Head of Store Development
Vera Bradley

Zach Davis

Mary Ann Domuracki
Managing Director
MMG Advisors

Dan Evans
President and Creative Director
Goldsmith Mannequins – A NOA Brand Company

Louise Evins
Chief Executive Officer
Evins Communications

Dr. Nicola Evoli
CIO-Strategy-International Sales
GROTTINI Retail Environments

Jeannette Ferran Astorga
Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility and Charitable Initiatives
Ann Inc.

David L. Fisher
Former Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager – Men’s & Young World

Barbara Friedman
Consultant, Employer Management and Industry Relations
LIM College

Michael T. Gilson
Former Vice President - Owned Brands - Strategy
Hudson’s Bay
Lord & Taylor
Saks Fifth Avenue

Doug Jakubowski (Class of 1983)
President, North America

Adelle Kirk
Senior Vice President
Kirk Palmer Associates

Julie Koch-Beinke

Michael Lichtenstein
Managing Member
Group L Consulting

Bonnie Mackay
Product Specialist
BMackay Consulting

William Magherini
Vice President
Franco Vago International Inc.

Thomas G. Matthews
Private Investor

Mindy Meads
Retail Consultant & Corporate Board Member

David Meir Sasson
Chief Operating Officer
Derek Lam International

Mark Mendelson
Industry Consultant

Shawn Outler
Senior Vice President – Lease, Pricing & Multicultural Initiatives

Michael Ratner
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Richter + Ratner

Lori Rhodes
Head of Marketing
Al Tayer Group

Ellen Rodriguez
Lela Rose

Ted D. Rosen, Esq.
Administrative Chair – New York Corporate Practice
Fox Rothschild LLP

Denise Seegal
President and CEO
Magaschoni Apparel Group, Inc.

Mark Shulman
Mark Shulman INC.
Former Senior Industry Executive – Retail & Wholesale

Maria Vicari
Former President of Licensing
Nautica/VF Sportswear

David Wolfe
Creative Director
The Doneger Group

Nick Woodhouse
President & Chief Marketing Officer
Authentic Brands Group


At LIM College, you’ll learn from faculty who understand the fashion business inside and out, as well as liberal arts professors who will teach you to think critically and communicate clearly.

Faculty Directory


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LIM Fashion
Education Foundation

The LIM Fashion Education Foundation has, as its primary purpose, the provision of scholarship and grant aid to students who wish to attend LIM College.