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 still relatively new here in the Reiss press team having only been here a few weeks – but, since press day is fast approaching, I’m already getting stuck in with all the hard work.
My background is more in fashion design, so this is a totally new experience for me. With our press day happening next month, there’s so much to think about and organise – from invites to sending samples to New York, LA and the UK of course, making sure everything is in order and ready to go. Everyone is working flat out to make sure it’s a success - being honest, it can get quite confusing.
And it hasn’t been easy getting to grips with all of the systems we’re using to ensure the day goes to plan. It’s a day that we can showcase our new collection to the media, so it has to be seamless. But I’m learning fast and, lucky for me, my mentor Andrew and the rest of the team are amazing – if I feel unsure about anything I’m doing I know I can go to them without feeling like a nuisance. They make time for me, which I really appreciate.
I can’t wait for press day to arrive – to see all our hard work in action and to hear what the media think afterwards. I’ll be helping out on the day, too, which I’m really excited about.
At the moment, I’m juggling college with my internship – I’m basically working a full time job as my college days are also nine to five, then there’s extra work to do in my own time too. There’s a lot to think about, but I’m enjoying every minute – and I still make time to go out, so it can be done! And, most importantly, I know it’ll all be worth it in the end when I get to go to my dream job everyday. It feels closer than ever!