When people think of a fashion intern, they think of Andy Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada: making Starbucks/steak runs, procuring impossible objects, and starving to fit into the newest couture gowns. As eclectic and fast-paced as my fashion internship here is, it’s not nearly as ridiculous.
Anyone in the industry will tell you that the fashion life is not a glamorous one. Even as a student, I’ve spent hours toiling away in the studios late into the night. My boss lives, eats, and breathes her business. She is always looking for inspiration and new ways to market her products. Her brand is relatively new, so at the moment it’s just she and I five days a week in the office. We take care of literally every aspect of the business: design, marketing, social media, and brand relations.
Sometimes our work takes us out of the office. I’ve been to (and directed) photoshoots for our scarves, done interviews with bloggers, shopped for fabrics, and visited tailors in the garment district. We even took a haphazard trip to a café and sketched ideas for scarf-tying illustrations (one of which is below). Our business is very fluid, really, and we do whatever we have to do to make our ideas tangible. No one is going to give us directions; it’s our responsibility to take our products from paper to fabric.
I’m actually glad it’s just me and my boss. Rather than isolating myself in one department, I’m able to be a part of the entire business. Not only that, but I am able to see myself in a few years when I will be starting out on my own: hustling and working hard to create a product for others enjoy and that I take pride in. As excited as I am to be in a new country, I am more excited and optimistic about what I will learn from this internship.