I've had a few concerned comments about if I was being taken advantage of at Red Velvet. You don't have to worry about me at all. First let me explain a few things... my school has a mandatory 6 internships built into the fashion design program. My first was production sewing in Cincinnati. My second was at Red Velvet this winter, and now I'm doing my third at RV this summer (I'm hoping for my fourth to be at Anthropologie). Most of my classmates go and work at companies like Aeropostale, Abercrombie, and JC Penney, doing classic "intern" work in NYC getting paid minimum wage and living with 3 other girls. Though some do some really cool things like my friend Rachel.
Yes, I work REALLY hard, and often up to 48 hours a week, but my experiences at Red Velvet couldn't be more beneficial! An internship is all about learning, networking, pushing yourself, and building your resume/portfolio experience. Here is why I'm not being taken advantage of:
The biggest pro is that I get to work with Elsie and Emma. A million girls (and boys?) would kill to even meet them. It's undeniable how much power Elsie has in the handmade market, but she has never said anything to me that sounded egostistical or self centered. She's just a talented designer like any other but happens to have a large fan base. These girls have imparted so much knowledge about business, marketing, blogging, sales, etc. If I ever ask any question about business or money you wouldn't expect a boss to answer, they answer honestly because they want to teach me all that they can!
I couldn't have dreamt of a better way to network with the quirky, vintage, handmade, blogging, and fashion worlds. I bet most of you wouldn't have found my blog without Elsie, which is awesome. I have also made lots of great friends working/living here like Rachel, Holly, Katie, and Sarah. I've read and loved their blogs for a long time! Not to mention I met Stacy of Eisley, who I've listened to for a long time. I absolutely adore Stacy and was so excited to play dress up with her and Elsie one night. I've heard snippets from her, Jeremy, and Darren's album and know it will be an instant favorite of mine.
Free cupcakes, cake pops, and bubble tea. Every day.
My resume will now have on it that I produced a 100+ piece spring collection by myself! In a few weeks I'll be able to add that I oversaw 4 other interns and the production of a 400+ piece fall collection including mens accessories. Over 200 pieces will be made by me personally (with Chrissy's cutting talents)!
The big question was do they do compensate me? Yes, I moved 9 hours away from home so they pay me, often times feed me, and pay for my housing. I won't discuss numbers, but I am comfortable. Most of my monetary compensation comes from the DIY Dress Up e-course (part also paid for the fabric for the collection). So, if you want to help me pay for my school loans AND have me teach you how to sew, go buy it! Oh, and after the first launch they bought me a Marc Jacobs bag!!!
dress line story "Mallory was sewing up a storm! She really put in a lot of hours... she really deserves the credit for the production of absolutely the entire line... over 100 dresses. She had a new pattern for every single size, collars, buttons, zippers and so much more to think about. It was a crazy list, to say the least. Mallory had an incredible attitude. We are so proud of the hard work she did and have grown to consider her a part of our team. She's wonderful and took a lot of pride in her work for Red Velvet."
See, they love me. I love them. I love you all for being so supportive.