Courtney Caccavelli



Interview by Garrett Day


“If you are willing to put in 100%, you deserve it” is the motto of FUA Alum Courtney Caccavelli who is now employed at LuLulemon Athletica. Courtney elaborates on the benefits of Experiential Learning and FUA’s impactful presence on her life. Because of her time here she has grown as a professional and is better prepared for a career in the fashion world.


When did you attend FUA and how long did you stay at FUA?
I attended FUA in March 2014 for a weeklong fashion course as well as Spring 2015 where I stayed for approximately five months.


What was your major?
Fashion Merchandising and Management


What is your job now?
Educator at Lululemon Athletica as well as Community Leader at Lululemon Athletica.


Tell us about your company.
Lululemon Athletica is an athletic fashion apparel company that specializes in yoga, running, and other athletic clothing focuses to meet the needs of a “sweaty” lifestyle.


Did you you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?

I originally wanted to be a fashion designer. I made my own school dance and prom dresses growing up. I loved being different. As I got older, I started to appreciate the role of management in fashion and realized that I love the satisfaction of order and success in a company. From that moment I turned my fashion focus to the business side of the industry.


How was your experience collaborating with FLY as an Experiential Learning student? How did it better prepare you for your future in Fashion Merchandising?

My experience at FLY was life changing. It really showed me where I want my future in fashion to go, and it introduced me to my love of working as the stylist in photo shoots. I helped with store operations as well as planning store events. It benefitted me in many ways, mainly to get the full feel of running a whole store from top to bottom. Prior to FLY, I had only received a few opportunities of this kind. During my time there, the opportunities to cultivate my passion were numerous. Learning the ins and outs of a retail store from the vintage and emerging designer perspectives was incredibly fascinating for me and will concretely help me in the future if I plan to open my own store.


What inspires you? What drives you to do what you do for Lululemon?

Seeing what I do makes an impact on others lives and drives me to succeed. I’ve always been very passionate. It can even come off as a bit intimidating, but when there is a vision I see for myself I will go after it. I have always believed that if there is something you want and are willing to work for it, never go a day without thinking about it, you will achieve it. I believe that can be considered for many aspects in life, work, school, love life, anything. If you are willing to put in 100%, you deserve it.


Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you planning on visiting Florence any time soon?

In five years, I see myself working as a Regional Manager for a company I love. I will definitely be traveling back to Florence, hopefully before five years go by. I discovered so much about myself while I was there. As someone special to me once put it, Florence was where I started my journey. It opened so many doors for me and showed me what I love about my life and what I am passionate about. So in five years, I hope to start seeing some of my dreams coming true. And I definitely see myself adopting a puppy.


How has your life changed from before you came to Florence and now? In other words, how did your experience here change you?

My life has definitely changed since attending FUA. My outlook on life is completely different, but different in a good way. I find that I appreciate more the little things in life from living in Italy. I truly lived a fairytale while attending FUA, and was indulged by the quality and the attention of the professors and mentors I had while there.



*FAST is the Fashion and Accessories Studies and Technology division of Florence University of the Arts



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