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UCLan retail management students get hands-on with Hong Kong fashion

20 February 2013

Press Office

Group jet off to Asia for international retail research

Retail management students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have experienced fashion and retail Hong Kong style after a visit to the country for a week of intensive international retail research.

The group of ten students enjoyed a sneak preview of international fashion designs from new autumn and winter collections in one of the world’s largest Fashion Weeks at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  The event attracts well-known buyers from around the globe and showcases the latest trends from high-end to mass merchandise.

The students also visited the Vocational Training Council College, which is an international partner of UCLan’s Lancashire Business School, to share insightful presentations about the current challenges facing retail sectors in the UK and in Hong Kong.

“We went to a seminar by the Worth Global Style Network on macro and micro trends for 2013 which was really informative and applicable for me and others in our buying modules and fashion projects this year.”

UCLan retail management student Jennifer Owen said: “We went to a seminar by the Worth Global Style Network on macro and micro trends for 2013 which was really informative and applicable for me and others in our buying modules and fashion projects this year.”

The cohort went to shopping centres and open markets to gain the better international perspectives of retail. They had the opportunity to develop their haggling skills and even managed to get a top bargain on designer labelled goodies.

The overall aim of the trip, funded by Lancashire Business School’s International Travel Bursary, was to broaden the international horizons of the students and let them see how a completely different retail landscape works as well as visiting a global fashion event.

Costas Theodoridis, Retail Management International Programme Leader, commented: “It was a really good opportunity for students to see how professional landscape is set up and how they need to behave within this environment.”