02 August 2011

In January, Grazia magazine introduced you four twenty-somethings – Allie, Cosar, Jo’el and Mary - who have been given a fashion opportunity of a life-time. All four had a difficult start in life and have been helped by the amazing Kids Company - the charity set up by Camilla Batmanghelidjh to help inner city kids written off by the system. Now, they have been handpicked to be part of a unique mentoring scheme launched by Grazia and Reiss and transported onto the fashion front-line to be trained in everything from fashion design to blogging. So, how has it been so far? Every week you can check in with them on Grazia Daily (right here!) and and follow their blogs charting their highs and lows over the next six months. Here, Mary, who is being mentored in the press department, admits she’s had a tough few weeks…

So this weekend was yet another weekend spent working my ‘9-5’ job. I’ve been so tired these past few weeks trying to fit everything in. If I’m not here at Reiss I’m working my retail job to pay the bills and if I’m not at work, I’m interviewing people for my online media platform company, Homegrown London which everyone should be able to access via our facebook and twitter pages.  

My time here at Reiss is drawing to a close. We leave in July and I’m pretty sure I’ll miss everyone on my team but once one door closes another opens so I look forward to all the things still yet to come. Since I’ve been working here I’ve realised I’d really like to work within the fashion PR sector. So I’ve started getting the applications in for my next job role. Since I literally work in two different places I hardly get the time to spend with my friends, family and loved ones. And although when I finish I will not be unemployed I may have a little more free to spend with the people I love.

My time so far at Reiss has been so much more than just a learning experience for me; it’s been a lifelong teaching. I’ve learnt some valuable skills and witnessed some amazing moments, not to mention met some awe-inspiring people. I’d say the thing that has surprised me the most is how many different departments Reiss actually have and the creation process toward each garment being made. As a shopper you just go shopping to wear the clothes and look amazing but we don’t really realise how much effort time and hard work has gone into the creation of the clothes. Working in the press office has taught me a bit more about responsibility, what it means to have a good work ethic and organisation skills. I’ve come to realise that you not only need these skills in the world of working but in life, generally.


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