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Joseph Ferrara

Joseph Ferrara

Joined Stern 2013

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street, 803
New York, NY 10012

E-mail jferrara@stern.nyu.edu


Joe Ferrara is the founder and director of the Garment Center Supplier Association, an organization of over 100 companies that manufacture clothing in Midtown Manhattan. Mr. Ferrara is also president of the firm that bears his name, and is considered a leading contract manufacturer of designer clothing in New York City. For the past 24 years, Ferrara Manufacturing has employed hundreds of high-skilled dressmakers and tailors, making some of the finest clothes in the world. Mr. Ferrara believes manufacturing is a sustainable activity in an urban environment and that it is a critical resource platform supporting New York's design community. Mr. Ferrara is a strong supporter of fashion entrepreneurship in New York City and is an active advisor and investor for startup companies. As a board member of New York Angels, one of the largest and most active angel investment groups in the country, Mr. Ferrara is a strong supporter of emerging businesses in e-commerce and branding concepts. He currently serves on the Boards of several social media, conferencing, and e-tailing businesses relating to the fashion industry. Mr. Ferrara also serves as a business mentor and coach for the CFDA Fashion Incubator and for the NYU business plan competition. Mr. Ferrara earned his degree at NYU Stern and served on the adjunct faculty teaching financial statement analysis for several years. While Mr. Ferrara holds varied interests across a range of sectors, the fashion industry remains his priority since it is dominated by entrepreneurship at every point in the value chain from design, to manufacturing, to distribution. Mr. Ferrara is a strong believer that a sustainable role for manufacturing is essential to keep entrepreneurship thriving in New York City.

Courses Taught

  • Executive Practitioner Seminar: The Dynamics of the Fashion Industry
  • Experiential Learning Seminar: Fashion Industry: Creativity & Business
  • The Fashion Industry: Creativity & Business

Academic Background

BS, Finance & Management
New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business