Trying to break into the fashion industry is not easy… especially if you come from a deprived area.
Which is why Grazia is now entering into its second year of a mentoring scheme with Reiss and Kids Company to help bridge that gap.
And in this week’s issue of Grazia we introduce the lucky four who have been selected to intern at Reiss over the next four months.
“There’s incredible talent and insight in these children’, says Camila Batmanjiladh, founder of Kids Company, which has helped thousands of disadvantaged youngsters over the past 15 years. ‘It’s not just that you’re doing a broken child a favour. What you’re doing is you’re supporting an exceptional child. Exceptional in their ability and also exceptional in their life experience.’
First up is Ben Moriah, 24, who will be working in menswear design at Reiss with Jennifer Allen, Junior Menswear Designer as a mentor.
Another intern, Albin Lamaj, 18, arrived in the UK from Albania four years ago, at the age of 13. He’ll be mentored by Jemma Ruddock in accessories design.
Chikara Stewart, 20, will be working with Andrew Burling in the Reiss press office while Charlene Archer, 23, will be interning in Visual Merchandising with Dominique Georgiou, VM womenswear specialist, and Rebecca Grandfield, VM menswear specialist.
Read the full article in this week’s Grazia, on sale now.
Picture: Nick Turpin