NEW YORK, NY - April 20, 2008 - Academic leader The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software developer Yunique Solutions Inc. are announcing the first in a series of industry events designed to introduce their jointly-developed PLM software and training solution. This innovative industry initiative, aimed at facilitating the use of PLM in small and medium fashion companies, will be rolled-out through a series of special evening seminars beginning on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 PM at FIT. The seminar will also run on Wednesday, May 7, with additional sessions and dates under consideration.

According to Holly Henderson, assistant adjunct professor and fashion industry consultant, "Small and medium size fashion companies often don't have the resources and funding of larger companies but face many of the same operational challenges and functional requirements. This new packaged technology and training solution puts the benefits of PLM within the reach of any size company."

"The fashion industry is looking to speed time to market, improve product quality, and reduce costs", added Darioush Nikpour, vice president of business development at Yunique. "Putting PLM technology comfortably within the reach of these companies will make a significant impact in their ability to meet fast-changing consumer demand. Thanks to this packaged solution approach, any size company will now be able to more effectively manage and collaborate around product design and development information, thereby providing a level of customer service that was once possible only for large companies."

For the new SMB initiative, FIT and Yunique Solutions partnered to package PLM software licenses, a pre-configured network server, and professional training services that will significantly reduce the time and cost traditionally associated with implementing PLM. Users of the packaged PLM solution will accelerate their time-to-value by gaining access to the full range of standard plmOn functionality while minimizing IT requirements, system configuration, and professional services.

The companies expect the new industry initiative to initially benefit more than 1000 apparel and fashion companies in New York State. The seminar events are open to the industry with advance registration by phoning FIT at (212) 217-7250 or emailing