Former student makes name in fashion industry

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Fashion fans gathered Sept. 26 in the Tillie Lewis Theater for the Fashion Industry Insiders event.

The event gives fashion students a chance to listen to a variety of prestigious people such as Michael Palladino, Susan J. Ashbrook and Uduak Oduok.

The biggest appearance of the night was by former delta fashion student Billy Ola Hutchinson who spoke words of wisdom in hopes to inspire future graduates of Delta College to purse their dreams.

“Don’t say no to yourself, obtaining a degree should mean the world to you because nobody can take that away from you,” said Hutchinson.

Hutchinson graduated from delta in 1993, with a degree in fashion merchandising.

Soon after Delta he moved to San Francisco to further his education by attending Academy of Art University.

Easily relating to many students in the crowded theater Hutchinson said “my family did not support my dreams financially, but they did it emotionally.”

Now starting his seventh year as manager of the legendary 150-year-old Gump’s department store in San Francisco, Hutchinson continues to make a name for himself.

He is also a stationer and porcelain designer for exclusive product at Gump’s.

His designs are available in San Francisco Gump’s and also in the West Hollywood branch.