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...
Time has been flying by at Reiss HQ. Things have been so busy – my scarf design is really taking off, more on that later – and I’ve even found myself having to (horror!) stay late from work.
To be honest though, it doesn’t even feel like work. It’s totally up to me whether I stay late or not, but it has given me more of an insight into how the working world functions. Though some might recoil in horror at the thought of missing a social occasion or taking a rain check on plans you’ve made that evening, it just seems clearer to me now that, occasionally, that’s just what you have to do to do a good job.
And it’s definitely worth it.
I’ve been working hard on my scarf which, though I’m desperate to see it, hasn’t gone into production yet. I can’t wait until I have a sample to hold, but as yet the design hasn’t reached the director of accessories, Manuela as it’s being re-coloured and will now be part of the first collections for Autumn/Winter 13/14 instead of the last stories of Summer 13.
Thinking about my product being worked on so much by such a high street giant as Reiss is almost too much to take in – but it’s such a great feeling. I can’t wait until this is the norm for me – but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it!
And the best part is maybe – just maybe – I might be able to stay on at Reiss for another month, which would be fantastic. It’s not exactly confirmed yet but if I can, I’ll be working on more designs as well as continuing with my portfolio. Fingers crossed!