New Zealand Institute of Fashion Technology is one of our oldest and most respected fashion tertiary education providers. The school was founded in 1995 by Kevin Smith and Val Marshall-Smith, and has been on the forefront of fashion education ever since. Come September, NZ Fashion Tech will be purchased from Marshall-Smith by Feroz Ali. Ali is an entrepreneur with a vast amount of experience in tertiary education, particularly private training institutes.

NZ Fashion Tech has long been an award-winning school, and top choice for tertiary students wanting to pursue a career in the fashion industry. With a team of staff and tutors who possess a wealth of experience in the fashion industry, NZ Fashion Tech offers students both the sewing and technical textile training required to craft their own garments, and even start a career in CMT, they also provide fashion-related business skills, and have a strong focus on finding post-study employment for their students. NZ Fashion Tech also offers unique study opportunities for their students, such as the Resene Designer Runway - which opens New Zealand Fashion Week every year.

Ali has previously owned specialist tertiary educators in New Zealand, founding the New Zealand Careers College in 2004, which he sold in 2014. Additionally, he was the Divisional Chief Executive of Academic Colleges Group, during which time they acquired NZMA and the New Zealand School of Tourism. Ali also has experience in regulating the tertiary sector, thanks to his work with Education New Zealand in raising industry and institutional performance standards.

With it’s well-cemented place within the fashion education sector, and Ali’s innovative experience, it will be interesting to see how NZ Fashion Tech evolves its educational offering to better cater to the needs of budding design students.