Fashion Buying in Hong Kong

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First, second and third year Fashion Buying, and MA Fashion Management students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


As part of the trip, the anticipated visits include Royal Spirit – where the buying cycle is explained in terms of supply for all levels of product. Furthermore, students will visit The Clover group, where graduates and placement students are currently, and the CEO will provide tours of their facilities to view specialist contour product and colouration/test facilities that embed their prior learning.

The group will subsequently visit the Ralph Lauren head office to learn about the opposite end of supply from a design brands perspective. Lastly, there will also be engagement with Hong Kong Polytechnic University where they will give a presentation about MA provision, a class experience and interaction with MA students.

As a result of participating on this trip students will be introduced to an international buying office and structure where they will be able to relate taught content into the context of a buying and design experience. Students will also be able to visit a supplier where the customer differs from Balenciaga (high end) to Liddle (low mass market end).

The trip will enable students to see the ease of transition into an international company for placement and/or graduate position and will give them an idea of what it is like to live and work abroad. Moreover, their exposure to the local culture can be used to inform their projects within their curriculum at all levels. The experience of markets, material wholesalers and comparative shopping will enhance their creation in trend research and can provide an international understanding to product development that will be shared within taught sessions to other students.

Cultural activities

While in Hong Kong, students will have time to absorb the region’s culture and engage in a variety of cultural experiences. Students are encouraged to take a boat tour to explore Hong Kong’s world-famous harbour and to get the best views of the city take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak.

Also, when the sun goes down, you will have the chance to visit the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.

Other popular cultural activities include visiting Hong Kong’s busiest temple, Wong Tai Sin and climbing the 268 steps to see the impressive 34 metre high Tian Tian Buddha on Lantau island.

Contact details

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay following confirmation of their place.

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Hong Kong immigration requirements. It’s likely that all students will require some kind of visa to travel to Hong Kong.

Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 7 July 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 11 July 2019
  • Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £900-1000
  • Students will also be required to pay for: food and drink, museum visits, visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 March 2019 9am