Expanding My Role As a “Coach”

Creating & Changing- Challenge Accepted


It’s January and also the beginning of a fresh new semester at Manhattanville College in upstate NY. It’s also the semester that I am officially able to be referred to as Professor Trevino,  teaching Art, Fashion & Design at the college.

I’m so excited to share my 26 years worth of learning and industry experiences with these eager young minds.

I’ve always loved mentoring and helping young fashion interns and designers to learn the basics of the business when it comes to the real world. Because it’s such a volatile and challenging industry to navigate, if I can help young designers hoping to enter the industry, it is a great feeling to be able to help and support them.

I’ve been so fortunate in my own career to have helpful people along the way to give me insight and encouragement and I want to be able to do the same.

Tina at Manhattanville College

Enjoying my new studio workshop at Manhattanville College for the next 14 weeks!


In making the decision to teach this introductory class, I knew I would have to go back to my early days and really think about the skills I needed to get started because no matter what, the core basics of design have to be learned before anything else.

It’s been fun returning to pattern making, draping, hand sketching, color theory, and so many other necessary lessons. For me, it ignites that entrepreneurial spirit, both for the students and myself.

Mannequins at the ready for my students!

Mannequins at the ready for my students! They will each be designing their own individual Spring 2020 collections.

I am so excited about this new experience in my life. I’ve made a serious goal in 2019 to take on new challenges and this is one of them. There’ll be many more that I hope to check off my punch list so stay tuned for creativity, entrepreneurship, and exciting things this year!

sewing machines are ready to make all of our collections come to life

These sewing machines are ready to make all of our collections come to life- from young student designers to myself!!


I’m feeling the need to take on some high level challenges and whether I fail or succeed, at least I’ll have given my goals a real try.


upplies for Art, Fashion & Design

Supplies for Art, Fashion & Design


As the longest January comes to a close, I’ve made the choice of  – “challenge accepted” when it comes to the hard to handle concepts I’ve listed…


  • Be open to new and different things.


  • Don’t get too comfortable. Take on those things that you’ve always wanted to do but give you a bit of anxiety.


  • The world is always changing (more so than ever). Life will throw you curveballs and challenges. Be ready.


  • Don’t fear failure. Fear never having tried the things that you dreamed of.


  • In 2019, the retail space for fashion is a totally different animal, entrepreneurship is key and creates a market ready for people with great ideas


The time is always right to try new things so jump on in!

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Tina Trevino
Tina Trevino
Tina Trevino, Partner & Director of Community Relations for Latin Biz Today is President & CEO of Tocaya Design under which she does design consulting for major apparel companies as well as designs, manufactures and markets her women’s lifestyle brand, Tocaya. With 25 years of industry experience most recently as Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd., she has managed large creative design teams. Trevino provides insight on upcoming fashion trends for each season collaborating with designers, merchants and product development teams to help develop brand appropriate apparel. She specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. Having previously worked with private label brands for stores like Kohl’s, NY & Co, White House|Black Market, and Ann Taylor to name a few as well as brands like Lee jeans, Wendy Williams, Brooke Shields Timeless, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and Whitney Port, she has the ability to build brands from the design and merchandising process all the way through fitting, production, and marketing.

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