School Starts…

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

I have completed my first official week of school and my internship. School was great. It was interesting to see how it works in a different country. My grade is based off of one paper and one group project for each class. I am taking London Fashion, Commercial Skills, and Luxury Brand Management. All of my classes seem like topics I will enjoy. I am ready to start learning more in depth about each of them. The class size on average is 45 people, and coming from FIT that is really big. In two of my modules I have 2 teachers per class. It is a lot different from school in the States. School is more relaxed and the teachers depend on you to get the work done on your own time, all you do is turn it in at the end of the semester. I like independent learning, it allows you to research more of what you are interested in, rather than what the teacher tells you to do.

Working at Paper has been a dream so far. I love the people I work with and the company. It is absolutely amazing to see every aspect of developing a new brand. I am excited to participate in  fashion week. Paper will be showing at New York, London, and Paris. All the people I work with are young and well rounded in the fashion industry. It is great having a boss willing to share her knowledge with you. I hope to work in the high-end market when I graduate, so Paper is a perfect fit for me.

This weekend the weather has been freezing and snowy. People do not handle snow well here, almost everything shuts down. I got to see the London Science Museum and the V&A . The Science Museum had a cool exhibit called Energy: fuelling the future. The V&A had a wonderful Fashion Exhibit.

International Trade Practicum Winter 2013

Blogged by: Emily Green

Outside of one of the mountainous islands of Halong Bay

 

Inside the caves of the islands of Halong Bay-we hiked through them!

Angkor Wat, a temple in Cambodia.

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Traditional Khmer curry for lunch

A photo from our visit to TNG factory in Hanoi, which manufactures clothing for Columbia, The Children’s Place, Zara and more.

 

Orientation

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
 
Orientation at Westminster is much different than how it was my first year at FIT. It was only 1.5 days long and finished with a cruise around London. It covered the basics of school and answered our questions. The cruise was a great way to meet new people and to see London. After the cruise my friends and I went to a  place called Fischer’s Hell around the corner. It was nice to have a night out in London and hang with locals. We all came to the conclusion that the people here are much nicer than the people in New York. They invited us to come to their table and told us all the cool places to go in London. We all had a great night. 
 
 
 

London Calling!

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
 
I am finally moved in to my new place! I absolutely love the city of London! On Saturday I started my journey from Manchester to London. It took 3.5 hours in the car. I moved all my things in and set up my room.

The rooms at Harrow Hall are small, but you get your own bathroom which is nice. I have 5 other people in my hall. I have not met them yet, they move in next week. I am still settling in and will share pictures when my room is complete.

Sunday I explored the city. London is amazing! Liam showed me around. We went to The Houses of Parliament, saw Big Ben, the London Eye, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, and Camden Town. I got to ride on a double decker bus. It was a great getting to live like a tourist and experiencing all different things around the city. I am looking forward to doing many more things around London.

Moving in!  
 
London eye
 
M&M World Leicester Square
 
Telephone booth in London
 
Camden Town
  
 Buckingham Palace
 
Queen’s Guard 
 
Trafalgar Square
 

International Trade Practicum Winter 2013: We’ve Arrived in Vietnam!

Blogged by: Emily Green

We arrived here in Hanoi, Vietnam on Friday night, after a four hour layover in Hong Kong. It has been very cold and damp in the north, we are flying down south to warmer weather in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.

 Outside of the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh

On our first full day here we spent the entire day touring around Hanoi City. We visited the ethnology museum and learned about the hundreds of tribes that exist in this area of the country. We also visited the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, one of the most important people involved in bringing Vietnam to independence. After doing some sightseeing we took a one-hour rickshaw ride around the Old Quarter, it was a good chance to get up close and personal with Vietnam’s street culture.
Motorbikes are the primary means of transportation here. The streets are absolute chaos at all times of the day; there are hardly any traffic lights or lanes and crossing the street can be very scary…even scarier than New York! Our second full day here was spent on a four-hour boat cruise of Halong Bay, a beautiful area on the coast of Vietnam where over 1900 mountainous islands rest on the water.

Halong is Vietnamese for descending from dragon, the Viet people feel that the islands are holy and have protected them from invasions from the many countries that have tried to invade them. We were able to hike through the caves inside of the islands and were amazed at their natural beauty. Everyone in the group felt so lucky to have been able to see Halong Bay, it is impossible to capture the feeling of being there in a photo.

After our long day on the coast we had a free day to work on our projects for the course. I am studying the furniture industry here so I took some time to walk around and visit a few interior design shops. Me and Nicole, my roommate in Vietnam, took a taxi to a yoga studio for a morning Pilates class.

Last night the group met a few FIT alumni at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. The food here is really different from what we are used to but I have been trying different kinds of noodles and seafood.

Today we are traveling to the Song Cong apparel factory and then some of us will be visiting an children’s orphanage. Hopefully I can post again before we leave for Ho Chi Minh City!!