New York 2018




PARIS 2016

After an early start, we no sooner arrived into Gare Du Nord on the Eurostar, dropped our bags at the hotel, and headed down to the YSL foundation on the banks of the Seine (just in time to catch wonderful view of the sun setting by the Eiffel Tower).

We were whisked into the private rooms of Yves Saint Laurent by our private guide who gave us an excellent insight to the working life of this great designer, including the studio where many of the iconic designs were created - a great start to the trip.

Over the course of the next two days we took in the retail highlights of the Champs Elysees including the flagship stores of Abercrombie & Fitch and Louis Vuitton, as well as the legendary Rue du Rivoli and the slower paced Marais district. A nice addition was the Korea NOW! exhibition at the Musee des Art Decoratifs which explored Fashion & Graphic Design gave excellent insight into this region.

Overall a busy but fantastic few days.


ROME & FLORENCE 2014 In house visits to Fendi &  Valentino, plus the Gucci museum and much more, a fashionistas delight..


Rooftop of Fendi- what a privilege and inside Valentino haute couture in Rome




The end of February last month saw students from all three year groups of Fashion Marketing and Fashion Textile Design jet off to New York for a exciting, yet freezing study trip! After arriving late afternoon, the majority of students decided to watch a basketball match at Madison Square Garden in the evening, which was conveniently situated directly across the road from the hotel and we fought the jet-lag enjoying hot dogs and sodas.

We didn’t let the -15 degrees temperatures ruin the atmosphere, and on our first morning we set off on a guided tour through the city’s Garment District; famous for its history of the manufacturing and production of garments and is now home to many showrooms and haberdasheries. We stopped by Chelsea Market, full of eccentric eateries, vintage and jewellery stores, where we enjoyed some delicious tacos and fresh juices. Later that afternoon, we found ourselves at the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology to view the YSL and Halston: Fashioning the 70s exhibition – very appropriate considering the huge 70s revival trend at the moment.

Next up was a behind the scenes tour of the Macy’s Department Store (boasting the title of the second largest department store in the world) where we were shown around where we were taught about the history of the store including interesting facts about how many customers walk through the store every day – 50,000! On Thursday morning we all made our way to Madison Avenue where the Brooks Brothers flagship store is situated. We were treated to an incredibly insightful private tour of the store and head office where the team were extremely friendly and inviting.

With plenty of free time to explore the city, we were able to explore the several different districts which provided faultless research material for our upcoming retail-marketing module. Obviously, we made time to tick the tourist must-sees off the list and visited the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and Central Park as well as a group visit to the Museum of Modern Art.

We’re all still experiencing New York blues, however we aren’t missing the weather! The trip provided the perfect opportunity to absorb the culture of the city, as well as research the many types of retail it has on offer.

For further reading about what to see, shop and eat, my NYC Guide is now on my blog!

- Natalie Hale (