University for the Creative Arts Loves New York City's Favorite Fashion Tour

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The students from the University for the Creative Arts from the UK took a trip to New York City with their fashion management and marketing stduents, and participated in WindowsWear's Fashion Window Walking Tour as one of their top things to do.

Of all the common tourist attractions in New York like Times Square, Grand Central, Empire State Building and Central Park the Fashion Window Walking Tour stood out as an exciting and unique way to discover New York City.

Experiencing all the major fashion visual displays in New York City from Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, and Bloomingdales the students also learned a lot about New York`s different shopping districts and their history. While gaining great insights from the fashion industry and the latest fashion trends, the students had a lot fun.

Here's a video about the trip.

Here's a story about the trip from Charlie Ward, one of the students on the tour.

At the end of November I went on a trip to New York with my course. It was the most unreal five days of my life and one of the best things I've ever experienced, and it's taken me almost two months to write up a blogpost on it because I just can't bare thinking about how much I miss it! I didn't expect to fall as in love with the city as a did, and I hate that I have as it seems so cliché to love New York, but it's now become one of my career goals to work and live there for a few years. I can dream. The few days we were there had some surreal highlights such as standing in the snow watching the Macy's parade, eating the best pizza I've ever had in a sketchy looking restaurant (if you could call it that) that we wouldn't have looked twice at if it hadn't of been recommended to us, and walking past a small group of fifteen or so Ferguson protestors only to look across the road and seeing a group of about 200 policemen stood in waiting. We went not only at the Christmas period but also over Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sales. It was possibly the best time we could have gone on the trip and if you're planning a trip to New York I'd so recommend planning it for then!

The first night there we were left pretty much to our own devices. We'd been given a list of different shops and sights that we should try to go see, but our jet lag and tiredness from the flight got the best of us and we ended up just walking down 5th avenue, sipping on Starbucks, shopping, and trying not to get lost. The next day was the Macy's parade, and after waking up at 5am NY time thanks to our jet lag we made it there in good time. We had a surprisingly good view; we were down a side street so we were far enough away to actually see the parade in full but close enough to see everything in detail. Whilst we were watching it started to snow, and it was definitely one of those moments where you look at your life and think 'how did I get here', but also one of those moments that makes you think 'I think my feet have frostbite'.

Several hours of shopping and sight seeing later and the next day was our first scheduled day of the trip. In the morning we went to an exhibition at FIT that was about the fashion of ballet, and then we wondered up 7th avenue, shopping along the way, until we reached Central Park. I wish we'd gotten to spend more time in Central Park over the trip, but after walking around for a little while and taking advantage of the photo ops it was time for our next event of the day; the MoMA. Unfortunately we got there literally 5 minutes late, which for some reason meant that we wouldn't be allowed in for almost another two hours (we still don't understand that logic) and would have meant that we'd of missed the talks from industry professionals we had later on. Once back at the hotel we had talks from Jeff Garner, a sustainable designer who we've just had a live project with, and a marketing expert called Charlie who told us a refreshingly honest account of his career so far and his current position at a trainer brand trying to bring the brand to the US.

On our last full day we had a walking tour of the Christmas windows. This involved walking several miles around New York (not so fun) looking at all the elaborate Christmas displays in the windows of famous stores (fun) and learning about the history of the different New York shopping districts (lots of fun). Some of the shops included were Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Barney's and Bloomingdales. We finished the tour at Bloomingdales where we next went to the Whistles concession there and talked to the American visual merchandiser there. She told us about her job, the brand and their success in New York so far, which was key to our next unit in which we've been doing a live project with Whistles.

On our final day we finished off with yet more shopping and Starbucks and one last visit to Times Square, which I think was my favourite place in New York. The trip was amazing, and although 5 days is a good way to visit New York on a budget, I wish we could of afforded longer. I feel like we only just scraped the tip of the iceberg of all the things there are to see and do in New York and the moment I can I'm going to be returning to do more.

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