Most of other CBS students are looking for traveling to a more “exotic” destination, such as Jordan, Bolivia or Colombia, for spring break. Yet, a group of about 20 of us decided to explore the cities of origin for the Retail and Luxury Goods industry. I assume some of us may already know London and Paris, but probably in a very different way. For me, I have only been to Paris very briefly but have never visited London. I am very excited for the amazing access to company executives and the unforgettable memory to travel with a group of people who share similar interests with you.
Our group will be kicking off the Chazen Retail and Luxury Goods trip at the private capsule in the London Eye on March 17th while giving a champagne toast to the Big Ben. For the first four days of the trip, we have a couple well-known brands lined up for company visits, including Christie’s, Soho House, Harrods, Burberry, Business of Fashion, Net-A-Porter, Savoir Beds and more. I love how there is a good mix of different retail categories. Aside from company visits, some of us plan to see Hamilton on London’s West End with a fraction of the price in NYC and join a distillery tour with Sipsmith Gin during the weeknights. On the last day of the trip in Paris, we will be in talk with Christofle, Christian Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels before having our farewell dinner at Georges.
I want to thank our organizers Eleanor Thadan and Victoria Harman for planning such a wonderful itinerary for the group. It must be very difficult to arrange trips for such a large party. Yet, I am thrilled by the company lineups and the culture activities arranged. I look forward to learning more about these companies and understanding their strategies to keep up the trends. I am sure everyone else is all as excited as I am to begin this journey in the retail and luxury good world.
Stay tuned for more updates from me during the trip!
Margaret Hung (CBS ’19) is an MBA student at Columbia Business School