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...
There’s just three and a half weeks left of my internship at Reiss – I can’t believe where the time’s gone – and there’s still so much to do.
As I’m not in the department every day, I’m still focussing on the scarf I’ve been designing for the past few weeks. It’s difficult to fit much else in as there’s so much work that goes into producing each accessory – sometimes I have no idea how my mentors fit everything in!
Seeing them at work makes me want to get into the industry properly even more. They’re so skilful, but yet still so kind and accommodating to me. Being around them has inspired me to do more – and has taught me lots about the working environment and how important it is that the team you work with pull together. It’s hard going straight into the job – it must be for anyone – but I know I’ve been so lucky that everyone here has helped me as much as I can. As a result, I feel more confident, and don’t mind asking if I need a hand with something.
And because I’ve been getting on so well, I should have a prototype of my scarf through this week, which is so exciting. I’m itching to see it in the flesh... Maybe I’ll even give it a try myself! Though, for me, seeing someone else wearing the Reiss garment I’ve designed would be the ultimate reward for all this hard work.
It’s such a shame that I’ll be leaving in a few short weeks – I’m really happy here. Interning feels so positive as it keeps you moving, and right in the heart of the industry. Hopefully this won’t be my last!