Okay, so theoretically, tomorrow would have been my last day at m&s doing fabric trend and sourcing for women’s wear. BUT I’VE ONLY JUST WORKED IT ALL OUT AND SETTLED IN!!. so thank god I’m staying until the end of February. Firstly, thank you to the girl who dropped out of her placement because now I get to do it. Secondly, I want to sum it all up and reflect because I feel like this placement has taught me loads and still holds further potential.
I remember Hannah (my bezzie and predecessor) telling me I’ll hate the mess but learn all these random little abbreviations for fabric. I freaked, for starters; I don’t do mess. I also didn’t know much about fabric (not like I’m a textiles student or anything…)
I am completely in love with my bosses, they are the absolute loveliest people I have ever met AND they always have stuff for me to do (as an intern this is a real novelty). They are actually funny, serious when needed but a laugh 99% of the time and I feel really comfortable. I feel like I’ve become a valuable member of the team, designers come to me for fabrics, they know that I know where almost everything is and that I am capable of helping them (another novelty). To be honest, I don’t feel like an intern…
A few days ago I conducted my first Mill appointment with no supervision, a HUGE opportunity which I cannot thank my bosses enough for. I thought I was going to have to turn on the uber bullshit factor, but I knew what I was talking about, I knew what I wanted to see and I knew what I wanted them to send me hangers for, I knew which designers would be interested in what and I knew that some of the fabrics I saw are perfect for the current ranges. Anyway, needless to say my head barely fit back in the lift up to my desk after that.
I’ve had the chance to sit in on mill appointments, meetings, design briefs, WGSN presentations and Chris Gilbert Catwalk Summary’s (big deal). I’ve sourced the fabrics from our library for a whole range and the designer was happy with what I did (another big deal). I’ve gained contacts with mills and agents (one told me he’d send me hangers for uni - and bunting).
My pile of white & cream fabric for final year projects is 4000000 times what it was, my craft box is the best on the planet and my wardrobe contains J Brand (nuff said). I might be an Intern, but I’m paid ‘in kind’ with freebies and experience. We even have a drawer full of flakes for when we get pekkish.
I’m so glad tomorrow isn’t my last day.