Fashion Design: Working for Someone Else First

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hey everyone. I hope all is well. Today I wanted to write about why you should work for someone else before you branch off and start your own fashion line.

Before I graduated college I had to choose a couple places to intern so I can actually finish. I knew I wanted to own a boutique and I knew I had a love of photography. It was easy to choose an internship at a boutique and a photography studio.

To be honest, the boutique I interned at was the most horrible experience I've ever had in a job environment.  In the beginning, I was hidden in the back while the owner requested alterations and outfits that she needed out front. I had no idea that I was designing for a boutique, and not getting credit for it. I had no clue what I was doing, and I just did what she said. Then, all of a sudden she went on vacation and I opened and closed the boutique, took care of customers and ran an entire business myself, and I had no clue what I was doing. I had NO IDEA that she wasn't supposed to leave me alone, so I never mentioned it to my college advisor. The owner and I had several arguments in the end because she refused to sign my internship hour slip, and it was just bad. I won't get into specifics, but I learned how to NOT run a business because of everything I went through.

That lead me to intern at one of my favorites places. I interned at a photography studio. I already knew about photography and how to operate a DSLR camera so I became the photographers assistant. I went to so many new places, that not many people know about. I learned new ways on how to edit photographs, and because I interned there I started my first blog.

I worked at a consignment store, it was a great store where I learned the value of designer clothing. I held thousand dollars bags in my hand, learned the texture and put price values on it. I learned the love people had for these precious items that they saved up all their money for. I learned the POS cash register system, and I learned how to speak to customers, which eventually became my family.

When you work for different places, you learn the way of the business. You have chances to make mistakes and be forgiven for it.  If you have your own business, and you make a mistake, it may be a mistake you cannot afford to start over. When you're working for someone you're most likely getting paid in college credits or by the hour so you have time to take it easy and learn it the right way.

I hope my post was able to help you out in your fashion design journey.

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