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London Fashion Week – Why language skills are in vogue this season

At the start of London Fashion Week 2018, we look at why language skills are must-have this season.
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As our clients Gap, Bally UK and Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts recognise, foreign language skills are essential for international brands with overseas suppliers, and being multilingual can help you make the best of opportunities in the competitive fashion world.

Although English is widely spoken in the fashion industry, foreign language skills are increasingly important for those aiming to compete in this international trade. From liaising with the media and colleagues around the world, to giving presentations on the latest designs or visiting potential buyers in Paris or Milan, language skills play a key part in the success of the UK fashion industry.

The British Fashion Council has even emphasized the power of language learning to extend the worldwide reach of UK-based designers and brands.

When networking at London Fashion Week or other international trade shows, it gives a great impression to be able to speak the native language of designers and potential buyers. Traditionally most trade happens in France or Italy, so learning French and Italian are a must for budding fashionistas, but increasingly buyers are from China, Japan and Russia where knowing the language and culture can be a real advantage.

International brands often look for language skills when recruiting new talent, proving that language skills are essential for those wanting to forge a career in fashion.

Contact us now on 0203 036 0760 for more information on language training for the fashion industry.