Please tell us about yourself
Trishla ran a women’s accessories brand, specialising in handmade hair accessories, in Mumbai, India before coming to London College of Fashion to study MA Fashion Retail Management.
What did you study before coming to UK?
I did my Bachelors of Management Studies (Marketing and Retail Management) from Jai Hind College and Masters in Commerce (Business Management, marketing) from University of Mumbai.
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Why did you choose to study such an offbeat, unconventional and unusual career in MA Fashion Retail Management?
I had a Business Management degree and wanted to do a course that would help me specialize in fashion management; this was a perfect fit! After looking at the course content, I realized that it would help me bridge the gap between the management and creative aspects of fashion retailing.
And why did you choose London College of Fashion?
I wanted to study at one of the best fashion colleges and in a city that gave me the opportunity to directly engage with the fashion industry, so LCF was the right college for me.
Tell me about your experience of the course?
I loved the Visual and Sensory Strategies unit, which taught us about designing a creative retail space and online and offline visual merchandising. It was something that was completely new to me and I enjoyed learning about it. I also enjoyed the industry project briefs and guest lectures. But more than anything it was amazing to meet so many new people and make friends from so many different countries.
Have you taken part in any competitions or industry projects?
We got to collaborate with the industry in our course and work on two live industry projects. It was a really good opportunity for us to put our knowledge to the test and get direct feedback from industry professionals. It helped me to understand the practical aspects of the industry like working on a budget, giving presentations and working with specific client needs.
Our first industry project was with Planarama which is a London based design consultancy which has clients like Ted Baker, Fred Perry and many more. We had to come up with a window display concept for either Topshop or Burberry. We were given a budget and creative freedom, it was really a lot of fun. The second live brief was with the brand John Smedley where we had to come up with a completely new store concept for them. So, we had to design the entire store and decide all the nitty-gritties such as technology, lighting, furniture, experiential branding etc.
What are the facilities like at LCF?
LCF has a lot of facilities for students. The Library especially is amazing. It has all the resources that you would need to conduct your research and almost everything can be accessed online, which is great.
What are the LCF staff like?
All our lecturers were great, they all had tons of industry experience and knowledge. Everyone was really helpful and easy to talk to. Our course leader Bethan was a great support and really helped me through the entire course. I couldn’t have been happier!
What is the balance of theoretical and practical work on the course?
It was equally balanced as we got to work on live industry projects in both our main terms after which we started concentrating on our final Masters project. Here we were again given a choice to do a practice-based research study, which is what I chose to do. This was great as I could work on a practical piece obviously along with the written project.
How have you found living in London?
London is amazing and I love it here. I moved here in September and it was not that hard. The college picked me up from the airport and dropped me to my accommodation, so the first few steps became a lot easier.
Have you been to any events put on by the College?
Yes, I tried to go for as many college events as possible. We had an industry speaker program every Wednesday where professionals from the industry would come to speak to us about their work, it was a chance for us to interact with them and ask them questions. It was also a great place to introduce yourself and make industry connections.
Do you have any hobbies or passions outside of your course?
I love craft and enjoy reading books.
Do you have any tips for prospective students?
Make the most out of your time. Interact with students and staff from other courses because you will end up learning a lot of different things that your course might not cover. Seize every opportunity you get to interact and work with the industry. Make loads of friends and enjoy!