Clare Richardson – Guest Speaker

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Thanks to Clare Richardson, Operations Manager at John Lewis Aberdeen, for a fantastic guest lecture today. Clare spoke to our first year and MSc Fashion Management students this afternoon as part of their respective Fashion Retail and Fashion Business modules. This was an excellent opportunity for the students to gain insight into a dynamic and successful British fashion retailer with a really interesting history. It also helped contextualise a lot of the theory that we teach during the course in a real life case study example.

We’re hugely grateful for the support John Lewis provide for our Fashion Management programme, employing a number of our students part-time, providing placement opportunities and contributing to our annual student fashion show.

An excellent end to the semester!

Trend “life with style” awards

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We’re looking forward to the annual Trend Life with Style awards this evening at Ardoe House Hotel. We’ve enjoyed the event for a number of years now, which has become a key part of the business calendar here in Aberdeen. It’s always really interesting to hear about the range of businesses that have been short-listed. The event is a glamorous affair and so, of course, we always enjoy seeing all the fabulous fashion.

Tonight we’ll be enjoying the evening at the Aberdeen Business School table with a number of guests including Ian and Kathleen Hawthorn (owners of McCalls), and Lisa McGirr (Marketing and PR Manager at John Lewis, Aberdeen). McCalls and John Lewis are hugely supportive of our Fashion Management programme, providing placements, projects and sponsoring student prizes. We’re hugely grateful for this support!

Scott Hunter and Campbell Urquhart (from Hampton Associates) will also be joining us at the event. We’ve been working with Hampton Associates for a couple of years now where they’ve provide fantastic creative and design input into our marketing, including our recent “top dog” campaign.

Here’s to an evening of style and business success!