Sally Bain, Senior Lecturer and Diploma in Professional Studies Coordinator, and Heather Pickard, Programme Director for BA (Hons) Fashion Management, visited LCF students and alumni in New York and Toronto recently. Sally and Heather also met with current and potential networks.
The pair got straight to work talking to BA (Hons) Fashion Management students currently on their Diploma in Professional Studies placement year at LIM in New York, as well as catching up with Helena Boissonnas who has been on placement at Hugo Boss and Lambert & Associates since September.
“We had a great catch-up over brunch at The Red Cat, before continuing with mentoring sessions for the students’ Placement Project Reports,” Sally told LCF News.
The visit also provided the perfect opportunity to chat with Fashion Management alumni – not only to catch up on their news, but also to build networks to benefit future students.
“We met Rachel Arthur, who graduated in 2005 from BA (Hons) Fashion Management and is now Senior Digital Editor at WGSN, and Alexis Pare who graduated from the same course in 2007 and is now working as a Retail Development & Recruitment Consultant,” Sally said.
As well as meeting up with past and present students, Sally and Heather worked on cementing existing relationships with St. Laurent, Revlon and Lambert & Associates. They also reached out to new companies, including WGSN, The Hudson Bay Company and King & Partners.
“Overall, we had a very positive response from these companies regarding potentially taking students on placement for either 6 months or a year,” the pair revealed.
Sally and Heather are eager to follow up on the contacts made during their trip, and are looking to visit both NY and Canada again soon.
“The fashion industry is global and therefore we need to ensure we create global opportunities for our Fashion Management students,” Sally concluded.