Study Abroad - London

London: Tradeshow Hopping

Posted on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 02:31 PM

by Victoria DiPiazza

Victoria_Scoop.jpgToday I got to go to two different trade shows here in London. I find trade shows to be one of the more exciting tasks in the role of a buyer. At trade shows you get to shop around through rooms and racks full of clothes! It definitely beats sitting behind the computer all day.

What I love about my internship at THEN AND NOW is that I am being treated as a member of the team, and really have a say in things. I was sent to the shows on my own to talk to brands and choose items that we want on the website.

My morning started off at Bubble, a childrenswear trade show. The other members of the team said they didn’t like kids and didn’t want to attend it, so I of course Victoria_Bubble_Clothes.jpgstepped in to go. How could you not love the mini size outfits that you would wear? The little fur coats were to die for!

Victoria_Bubble_2.jpgI was talking to one brand and I saw they were based in New York, so I mentioned that I went to LIM. Turns out that the rep I was speaking to was an LIM alumni who graduated in 2002! This really is a very small world that we live in!

In the afternoon I hopped on one of the famous red double decker buses to head downtown to Scoop International, a womenswear trade show. This was no ordinary tradeshow at a convention center. This trade show was held in a large art gallery at the Duke of York’s Headquarters. (It sounds so fancy. I just love saying it! See the photo below.)

Victoria_Scoop_Clothes_2.jpgThis show was also a lot of fun to walk around; I felt very official being there. The collections they had were beautiful and I am looking forward to working with them going forward.

February is officially fashion month. I can’t wait to see highlights from New York Fashion Week and get to compare it to what I will be seeing here at London Fashion Week!Victoria_Duke_of_York.jpg

 

Scoop International Tradeshow at The Duke of York’s Headquarters. Also, this was the first time I have seen this much sunshine in London, so a picture was necessary!

Tags: London, internship, then and now, trade show

London: University of Westiminster vs. LIM

Posted on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 12:42 PM

by Tiffany D'Angelo

Tiffany_Veronica.jpgTiffany and fellow LIM student Veronica Lenhard on Orientation day.

Coming from a school that’s pretty small, it’s a little overwhelming navigating your way through the buildings. The University of Westminster is different from LIM mainly because there’s an actual secluded campus, whereas our campus back in New York is Fifth Avenue and Bryant Park.

Before coming to London I was really worried about how I would adapt to a bigger campus. How would I make friends? Would I find it difficult to concentrate in big lectures? How am I even going to find my classes? Fortunately, my inner New Yorker kicked in quickly and a bigger campus was no longer nerve-racking.

Personally, I’ve only had to go to the Harrow, Marylebone, and Regent Street campuses, all of which are incredible. The fashion department here is located in Harrow, so that’s wheremost of our courses are. If you’re still worried about how you’ll manage, I can assure you that the tour during orientation is really helpful and will teach you how to get around in no time.

At Westminster, students work more independently, which has been something to get used to. Straight off the bat we were divided into groups that we will be working alongside for the entire semester.

Working in groups makes the larger class size seem less intimidating. Typically, the classes aren’t that much bigger with my largest class having probably about 35 people.

Although I’m used to the group work we do at LIM, the group work here is very different. Your group becomes your lifeline. Of course the professors help guide you in the process, but communication with your group is key. Since this is how the class is structured, we have to make mandatory group contracts customized to our group’s priorities and expectations.

I think this is great because it sets everyone on the same page and makes you feel more confident with having your grade in their hands. It’s also great for preparing students for their future experiences within the workplace. In our industry especially, we will be working within groups a lot so it’s important for students to acquire the strategies and communication skills needed in order to excel in the workplace.

Tags: London, group work, University of Westminster, class size

The Countdown to Study Abroad Begins!

Posted on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 03:35 PM

 by Victoria DiPiazza

stamp-451285_640.jpgAs all of my friends will tell you that I am known for being over-organized and making extremely detailed to-do lists. So when it comes to packing for my Co-Op in London this semester you can imagine how long my list is (cough), four pages, (cough).

Packing clothes for four months into one suitcase and a carry-on seems like the impossible. Never mind the fact that I will be flying on my own to another country for the first time. Still, getting all of my fashion needs to fit is much more terrifying, right?

To fix this fashion student problem I have gone to my favorite tips website, Pinterest, to help me find some solutions. What I discovered is that capsule wardrobes are the new way to pack when traveling. As I will be interning there rather then attending classes where you can wear sweatpants everyday, I need to make sure I pack many trendy and professional pieces.

Here are some tipHow_Not_to_Look_Like_a_Tourist_2.jpgs that I came across, which I have used as the guidelines to cut down my list:

  1. Mix & match is your new favorite term
  2. Choose a limited color palette (Mine consists of black, white, maroon, gray, and tan.)
  3. Keep in mind your everyday lifestyle looks (In my case, interning four days a week & minimal weekend travel outfits.)
  4. Consider your destination and the season it will be
  5. You don’t need 10 pairs of shoes! (This is one of the harder concepts to accept.)
  6. Bring the basics. You will save space in your suitcase and leave plenty of room for all the cute clothes you will want to buy when traveling on the weekends
  7. Eliminate the pieces you know you’ll only wear once
  8. When you think your done picking out your clothes, go through it again and take out a couple more pieces (You most likely have more then you need.)

I of course have fears because I don't know any of the people who will be my roommates in the flat, as well as being in London with all of my LIM friends I have known for the past three years. Yet, I know that I can branch out and meet new people easily.

I am very excited to be starting my co-op. I will be a buying intern for THEN AND NOW, an online luxury retailer who sells current and past season designer collections at a discount price. Learning about London fashion as well as a different business culture is an experience I am really looking forward to.

After months of planning and preparing for this trip, I can’t believe that I will be there in less than two weeks. I am very excited to be blogging this semester and sharing my London adventure with you all!

Best of luck to everyone on the start of their spring semester!

Tags: London, study abroad, internship, pack light

See You in a Bit London - A Fashion Student (Doesn't) Say Goodbye

Posted on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 @ 01:45 PM

Once May arrived the weather was beautiful. We had our last Euro trip the first week, and the rest of my time was spent enjoying London life. It really hit us that our study abroad experience would soon be over.

Everyone on the Harrow Campus sat outside on the field soaking up the wonderful sun on most days since classes were done with and most finals over. My last week involved tea time, parks, sights, and just enjoying central London to the fullest.
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On my last day in London, it was a beautiful sunny spring day and the last day to move out on the Harrow Campus. After packing up all my suitcases and placing them in the hallway, it really came to my mind that my experience in England was over. It was a sad day to say goodbye to my new friends.

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Everyone in London says see you in a bit, no goodbyes. Cheers London, see you in a bit!

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Amazing Visual Merchandising at Harrods

Posted on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 02:28 PM

Anyone could get lost in Harrods for hours. It definitely lives up to its reputation of being the world's most famous luxury department store.

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Between the restaurant choices, food hall, and shopping options anyone could spend their whole day there because they would have no reason to leave.

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All the associates were friendly and helpful, even the chef making the pizzas in the pizzeria was singing a cheerful tune. We were also lucky enough to hear and see the opera singer who stands on a balcony in the escalator area and performs for the shoppers.

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From the home goods section, to the toy kingdom, to the various fashion designers, it was all amazing and displayed perfectly. Harrods is my new favorite department store!

Tags: LIM College, London, study abroad, visual merchandising

My First British Musical

Posted on Wed, May 16, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

Kristina and I went to go see the popular British musical Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre.

The theatre was small, but beautiful. Blood Brothers has been around for over two decades. It's a combination of comedy and tragedy. The show was amazing. The actors could not only act well, they also had great singing voices.

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I am glad I got the chance to experience British theatre and compare it to Broadway back home in New York.

Tags: LIM College, London, study abroad

London's Hyde Park

Posted on Wed, May 02, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

On a beautiful sunny day in London, many people gather at Hyde Park. It is a beautiful park that is approximately 350 acres.

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People go to sit and relax alone or with friends, play a sport, lounge in a chair, or even have a little picnic. There are two tube (subway) lines that run around the park - the Central and Piccadilly lines. This year Hyde Park will host two Olympic competitions and it will be the largest "Live Sit" in London where people can come together and celebrate the Olympic games.

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Yayoi Kusama at London's Tate Modern

Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

For my Modern Art in London class, we had weekly trips to galleries. One of my favorite exhibits was by an artist named Yayoi Kusama. Her exhibit is at the Tate Modern from February until June. 

She is one of Japan's most prominent contemporary artists and has been an artist for decades. Her work consists of a variety of repeating dot patterns, drawings, sculptures, film, performance, and immersive installation.

The exhibit had many different rooms to walk through. One installation was of a red staircase on the ceiling and another was a film playing of her wandering the streets of New York City with a polka dot umbrella.

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My favorite room was the last room and it was a perfect way to exit. It was an installation that immersed the viewer with her obsession for endless dots and nets in an infinitely mirrored space.

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After exiting the exhibit there was a timeline on the wall of Yayoi Kusama's life. It helped to give insight as to where she was coming from with her art.

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Being a Tourist in London

Posted on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 04:09 PM

When my friend from LIM College came to visit me, I decided to be a tourist with her for the day. We took a hop on and hop off tour on The Big Bus Company.

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The ticket lasted for twenty-four hours, so we had the option to continue the tour until the ticket expired. Buses were running consistently and it was a fast way to see most of the sights including Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, London Bridge, and Buckingham Palace.

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It was a beautiful sunny day which was perfect for the tour!

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Hola Malaga, Adios Seville!

Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 03:47 PM

Since spring break is a few weeks long, we decided to take a trip to Spain. We spent four days in Malaga and four days in Seville.

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Malaga is located in Costa del Sol with beautiful sunny beaches. It is an amazing village with most things in walking distance such as Tapas bars. Tapas are small portions of food dishes shared amongst a group of people for lunch or dinner.

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Seville is another beautiful city with one of the largest cathedrals in the world. While in Seville we attended to a Bull Fight and got to see a Flamenco dance performance at a local bar.

 

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Tags: LIM College, London, study abroad, Spring Break

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