Thursday, 14 May 2009

Diary of an Intern - Day 12 - Wed 13th May

Busy busy busy
I arrived at the office early at 9.20am and started preparing the showroom for the next few clients. Turns out we have 3 today.
10am: My wardrobe (internet business)
12.30pm: Cruise (franchise)
4pm: Net - A - Porter (apparently the biggest seller of online clothes)
It all went very quick to be honest. Today was much better than yesterday in that i knew more of what i was doing so could help out better. The models knew the clothes better and could change a lot faster. all in all everything ran much smoother.
I felt i was also being acknowledged more in the room and was comfortable giving opinions. The girls from My Wardrobe asked for my name.
Tomorrow is a quiet one. I hope i get enough sleep tonight. think we're going out with Cat & Henry.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Diary of an Intern - Day 11: Tuesday 12th May

WHAT A DAY! so so so so tired.

It began with me heading to work for the much earlier time of 9am. On arrival, i found that i couldn't get in. I buzzed all the intercoms but it seemed none of the other staff had arrived yet. Esther wasn't answering her phone and then both the models turned up.
I managed to spot a cleaner inside the shop and persuade him to let me in. I spent about 10 minutes trying to tell him that i did actually work here before him letting me inside.

Once in i had to run round and make sure all the stationary in the showroom was perfect and all the selling books and folders were all out ready for the first client: Selfridges.
The first appointment was nerve wracking and i felt like a spare part for the beginning, but the ladies helped me feel at ease and we soon started the show. My job was the help dress the models, so give them the clothes in the right order and take them and hang the ones just worn back up. Both models were amazingly beautiful but one of them kept being really rude to me. She was so annoying but i just had to keep her sweet.
After Selfridges, we had an appointment with Hervia, who are a big franchise that run Vivienne Westwood in other areas of the country.
Hervia consisted of one man called Oscar, who was very lovely. (thankyou darling)
The whole day was a very busy one all in all, and i was very tired by the time 6pm came.
I rushed to get home because Henry and his friend and also Cat were coming to stay tonight.
We ended up rowing up the canal for an hour and then going to our trusty old friend The Lock Tavern.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Diary of an Intern: Day 10 - 11th May

Today is the day before appointments. I had to make sure that everything looked amazing. We spent most the day cleaning the showroom and i took pictures of all the garments.

My favourites include:
The jacket is actually amazing.

Then I had to make all the fabric books with small samples inside, and selling books, which will be spread on the tables for clients to browse through and help them with their order. turns out we only do these appointments for the big clients like Harrods, Selfridges etc.

Much later on in the day i had to make sure that everything was merchandised on the rails. I felt very much involved with this task and felt like i contributed a lot. Nuria and Esther asked my opinion on things and i helped them to the best of my knowledge.

I much prefer this side of fashion.

I did this rail all by myself :D

Diary of an Intern 2nd Weekend in London

I <3 Luella sample sale
i bought an amazing dark green riding jacket with black velvet lapels and buttons. it is amazingggggggggggg and apparently retails at £400+ . Lucky me got it for £30.
I tried to find a picture on the internet but couldn't. I found this longer version of it though in red. It's literally cropped to just below the pockets.
In other news, me and Bec made another visit to the Lock Tavern on friday night and i spent money i wasn't supposed to spend all day saturday and sunday on Brick Lane. Bad me.

Diary of an Intern: Day 9 - 8th May

The rest of the collection arrived today, so we can now begin taking pictures and merchandising it all. Although we couldn't do it today so looks like its a job for monday.

Most my day was spent running through checklists and order confirmations with Charlotte, oh and I also had to box up all of last seasons stock in the showroom and then check off all the new pieces.
Quiet day...

Friday, 8 May 2009

Diary of an Intern: Day 8 - 7th May


Esther was out of the office today, so i was left some tasks to complete during the day. However everything was interrupted when the first samples for the precollection arrived. hurrah!

Me and Charlotte unloaded all the boxes and hung all the new items up on the rails. So many nice things, wish i was richhh. We checked them all off against an order confirmation slip. We were missing a few so, we're expecting the next box tomorrow.

At lunch, me and Charlotte went out together, it was very nice.

~Apres dejeuner (after lunch) i had to compare prices between all the previous autumn winter precollections for anglomania. I decided to do this by making a table and working out the average price for each type of item for each year. eg. dresses, coats, tops, blouses, jackets, trousers.

I was halfway through this when Nuria said i could go home early.

so off i went. I spent the afternoon then looking at old bicycles in Camden. I think i'm going to get one to take back to Leeds.

Diary of an Intern: Day 7 - 6th May

Its drawing closer and closer to the selling of the pre-collection and all the showrooms have all been sorted. We're just waiting on the samples to arrive now.
Here are some pictures of the showroom that we will be selling the anglomania precollection in.

Today i finished mailing the lookbooks and also double checked a few orders for selfridges. i then began pricing the precollection. In the Selling books, the prices are in euro's and are the wholesale price for each item. My job was to divide the price by 1.1 (euro exchange rate) and then times the answer by 2.7 (RRP is always 2.7 times the wholesale price). So for example, something that was 98 euro's as a wholesale item, would be 241 euro's in the shop. Gives you an idea of how much profit margin is made.

Diary of an Intern: Day 6 - Tuesday 5th May

Back to work...
Today's jobs involved me looking through the potential client list from Nuria & Charlotte and finding out if they had a website. If they did, i was to print it off.
After lunch i was paired up with the french girl Charlotte who is also an intern. she doesn't speak a lot of english , but as i speak a little french, we could hold a conversation okay. She tends to laugh a lot at everything i say. she is so lovely . she's from the south of france and is staying in Marylebone in a flat on her own.
[Oh also, nick emailed Esther on friday and said he could no longer be an intern. guess i won't be seeing him again]
Anyway, together me and Charlotte wrote hundreds of envelopes and inserted different labels lookbooks inside. Esther has given me some lookbooks to keep, which is amazing. I shall be able to use them in my presentation i think. We also had to frank everything ready for the mailman.
Note to Self : Learn Italian and more French (it seems all the clothing in vivienne westwood, and other brands, are manufactured in Italy, and a close relationship is kept between the two. Everybody here can speak foreign languages. Plan for summer maybe?)

Diary of an Intern - 1st Weekend in LONDON!

Action planned weekend.
On the Friday me and Bec went to a bar in Camden called the Lock Tavern. It was really nice, Esser was playing upstairs and later on he came down to hang out with the "normal people". It was RAD.
Then on the saturday i met my long lost lovely old friend Katie and we went for lunch in Camden Lock (bad food!) and then i showed her my little house and then we walked along the canal for a long time. We went past the zoo and saw little baby water hogs/boars. they were so so so cute. We then walked to Regent's Park and sat in the sun for the rest of the afternoon.
10pm: I met my friend from home Amylee, and we went to the Old blue with her friend Anna. Anna's boyfriend was djing there so we pretty much spent the entire time dancing next to the dj booth, with amylee and anna requesting a lot of Classics.
The next morning i felt quite quite rough.
But Amylee called, and i went to meet her and Anna and we spent all of sunday afternoon trawling along Brick Lane and through Spitalfields Market. Best place everrrr. I picked up 2 vintage handbags, a jumper, a vest , vintage white heels and some pretty fab bedsheets.
We then proceeded to Wagamamas for dinner (seafood ramen for me) and then back to Camden where we spent most the night in the BARFLY.
Needless to say monday was a complete write-off.
I dragged myself out long enough to head to Camden cinema and see 'LAT DEN RATTE KOMMA In': or LET THE RIGHT ONE IN'. This film was pretty much amazing, plus the title comes from a Morrissey song, so it can do no wrong in my eyes.
However, £9 for 1 cinema ticket????? i only went to an odeon...

Diary of an Intern: Day 5 - 31st April

This morning i finished filing the potential clients in alphatbetical order. I did a little silent woop when i saw that a shop in Knutsford (my home) had made it onto the potential client list. Go Knutsford!
After filing i had to re-sort through the collection in the showroom downstairs and take out some pieces for Net-a-Porter. to do this i had to go through a list that Esther gave me and match the pictures and style numbers with the samples we had. I then folded them up and put them in a box and made a Booking out form for our file and for the box.
A booking out form is basically a list of all the samples that are being borrowed and when they are to be returned. We have to do this so that when samples are returned, if something is missing off the list, we know who is responsible. we had a pair of leggings go walkabout this week. I think it was Matches that had lost them. tut tut.
After lunch i sat in on a model casting for the precollection. The model is a brazilian girl, younger than me and taller and thinner. nothing like a model casting to make you feel terrible about yourself. haha. She had to try on 3 of the samples. she looked amazing in them,i have to say, and Esther decided to book her. This will be the model that i have to help dress and get ready when the precollection starts next week.

The more i hear about the precollection starting, the more excited i am getting.
Mini-catwalk shows? yes!

Diary of an Intern: Day 4 - 30th April

I'm pretty much getting used to life working here now. My sleeping pattern is actually into a good routine and i spent my first day in our new house last night. It's situated right on the edge of Regents Park by Primrose Hill, and we have a canal backing onto our house. The house is actaully amazing and i'm so grateful to Guy (Hills) for letting us stay. It takes me approximately 40 minutes to walk to Conduit Street, so it means i dont have to get up at 7.15 anymore! yeah!
I now wake at 8am, shower, breakfast, and set off for work at 9.

I spent a lot of money last night aswell, buying lots of new dresses. i am very excited about strutting them around.

Okay, back to business.... TODAY i got to grips with Excel and spent pretty much the entire day making tables of clients and whether they had websites. We also had a bit of a crisis at the office, turns out the precollection that was supposed to be delivered today, wont be ready for another week. Esther is fuming. It means we have to cancel a weeks worth of appointments with people like Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nich's etc. BaD BAD NEWS :(

In between all the commotion, i managed to ask Esther how she managed to get to where she is now. Turns out she used to work in music PR, and then she went to Fashion PR, and then she got a job at the shop downstairs, and then was promoted to be head of Anglomania in the showroom.

The other staff in the showroom, Nuria, Vito, Christina & Charlotte all got to where they are now, coming from Retail experience.

One thing i've noticed about the showroom is, i haven't really put to use yet anything ive learnt on our course. It seems i use more of Bridgets Enterprise module than i do of Fashion.

Don't get me wrong, i am really enjoying this experience, i mean Vivienne Westwood (hello?) i just sort of wish i was more involved with the creative side. Esther says that when the collection starts, it will get a lot busier and a lot more exciting. I'm very much looking forward to this.

Diary of an Intern: Day 3 - 29th April

~Most of the morning today was spent binding together all the bibles with the binding machine. It actually takes so much longer than you think to punch all the holes, because you can only do like 15 pages at a time, and in a book of about 300 pages it goes on foreverrrrr. After this, Esther and all the heads of the lines went for a meeting and i was left to answer the phones. This was very very scary, as a lot of people that call the showroom dont even speak english, most of the time its Italian because we have all our products produced in Italy with a company called GFM.

I tried to find out some information about the company and came up with some crazy results.

DID YOU KNOW? .... that Vivienne herself only designs gold label, (the premier line) and that red label and anglomania are all completely designed by a team of designers, all taking influence from gold label but never actually having any direct contact with viv herself? Apparently she doesn't oversee any of it herself, although she does help a little with MAN because her husband is the chief designer for this line and she likes to give him input. This means that most of what you can buy in shops under the brand Vivienne Westwood (Red Label & Anglomania) have not actually been designed by, even overseen by vivienne westwood at all. CRAZY!