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.
One of the interns, Chikara, felt unable to continue with her placement. And keen for the opportunity not to be missed, Kids Company put forward another brilliant intern – Angela Obeng, 19. Here, she tells us what she’s been up to …
‘I’m only on day three of my internship and already I feel like I’ve learnt so much. I’m working with six other people on the press team which involves sorting out rails of samples, sending them out to members of the press and arranging returns to the head office.
It’s challenging because it involves being really organised and accurate. But it’s nice to work as part of a team because you can all support each other and everyone has been lovely.
My internship at Reiss is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are my days at college. I’m studying BTEC Level 3 in Fashion and Clothing at Croydon College in south London. With coursework to do in the evenings, I’ve got a pretty packed schedule but I’m really enjoying it.
When I was a kid in my home country of Ghana, I loved drawing during my quiet time, and I think that’s where my interest in fashion came from. It’s my ambition to be a fashion designer and I’m planning to go to university when my college course finishes next year. I get inspiration from buildings and London is a great place to be for ideas. I love the architecture and there’s so much culture here.
Working in the press team is really useful because I think it’s important to understand how all areas of a fashion business work. My favourite designers are Roberto Cavalli because I really like leopard print, and I love the geometric shapes of Miuccia Prada. If I keep working hard maybe I’ll be as successful one day.’