For the second year running Grazia has teamed up with Kids Company and Reiss for a unique mentoring scheme to help four amazing 20somethings break into the fashion industry.
In the latest a series of regular blogs, Albin Lamaj, 18, tells us what he’s been doing...
'It’s still only just over a month since I started my internship, but some days I already feel like I’ve been here years – in a good way!
There’s so much to do, every time I’m working I’m learning so much. And any anxieties I had about working at somewhere like Reiss had completely disappeared. Before I arrived, I was more than a little worried about what I should wear. I thought everyone would be so dressed up every day that I’d have trouble fitting in.
You know the feeling – when you’re stood in front of your wardrobe, literally panicking, and have no idea what to wear? I was like that. But, though everyone looks amazing, they’re not intimidating. They’re just the same as you and me; they’re normal people, and so kind. They’ve made me feel so welcome.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on so many accessories – one day it could be a belt, another day a bag. One piece that I’ve been developing – a scarf – could be put into production soon, which is the most exciting thing for me. I’ve spent weeks choosing first the shape and size, then the fabric and finally I’m working on the pattern now. By next week, if it is selected by the accessories director, it could be sent off to be made up as a sample, and next season it may well even end up on sale. Uh-mazing!
Not only that, but the designers also took me to the London College of Fashion, where I spent an afternoon looking through their archives. It’s something so simple, but also something I’d never have the opportunity to do if it weren’t for Reiss – it was so inspiring.
And all this work on accessories has really opened up my eyes – before, I was determined I only wanted to design menswear. But I’m enjoying this so much, I’m now considering other options. Who knows what could happen…'