I’m sure everyone has been wondering what I have been up to while interning at Tory Burch this semester, so this post is dedicated to what my average day is like from waking up to arriving home and everything in between! I really love what I do there, so much that it makes a 3 hour commute painless.
I have also decided to launch a mini series called Intern Diaries, which will be devoted to everything from searching for fashion internships to interviewing, to tips while interning and more. I thought this might be something helpful for those of you who want to break into fashion, but aren’t quite sure how to start. I have been down this road many times, so I though I’d share all that I’ve learned with you. Keep an eye out for my next Intern Diaries post early next week! Also an exciting post this weekend on my favorite French brands! I can’t wait to share them all with you.
5:50: First alarm of the morning goes off. I turn it off check my email and Instagram feed and role over.
6:00: Second alarm goes off. Ok Leah, seriously get up not if you want to look decent.
6:05: Put on my night before selected outfit approved by my roommates (or at least some of them). Today I am wearing a ruffle trim dress from BCBG Generation in black I purchased at Bloomingdales. Wow! Just saw its on sale for $64 – anyone looking at this now should definitely buy it. Its a great versatile dress – wish I got it for that price! Paired with tall Cole Haan boots I have worn for several seasons now and are so comfortable.
6:15: Straighten and style my hair. Get frustrated. Want to pull my hair out. Carry on.
6:35: Put on make up. I swear the day will get more interesting as I’m sure you’re all about to fall asleep. I wear the same make up everyday pretty much you can see some of my favorite products featured in my last post Major must haves.
6:50: Realize I have to be ready in 10 minutes and scramble. Second guess my outfit considering its raining out today. Say forget it and just go with it. Pack my Tory Burch Bag – which is no longer available online but is similar to the Tory Burch Frances Small Satchel. I grab a yogurt, granola bar, an apple and water to have on the train and head to my car.
7:00: The time I leave every morning. I put on my phone GPS because even though I have been going to the West Haven train station three times a week since August I still think I’m half asleep and will miss the exit.
7:25: Arrive at the West Haven train station. Pay for the parking pass and head to the platform.
7:33: Choo Choo!!!!! Ok now I’m awake as the speeding fast train goes by so quickly that it messes up my hair. I always sit in the last car, because it is the quiet car.
7:35: Eat my breakfast of a yogurt and granola bar and decide to save the apple for later. Put in my head phones and listen to my French podcast that I have been listening to for a couple months now and listen until I doze off. The French podcast is called Coffee Break French. They have it in all different languages and its something easy to listen to and I think I have learned a lot from.
8:35: *This station is Stamford. The next stop is Harlem 125th street* the conductor announces. I wake up and realize I’m still listening to Coffee Break French. I take out my headphones and doze back off to sleep.
9:15: Finally! Arrival at Grand Central Station- my three hour commute is almost over!
Have a quick Gossip Girl moment as I enter Grand Central.
9:20: Walk toward the subway. Debate if I want a bagel or something. My stomach is growling already and its not even 9:30. Take the 6 line down to 23rd street.
9:30: Exit the subway and yep, its still pouring out. Walk down to 19th and 5th ave where I meet this wonderful view everyday! Told ya it was ugly out!
9:40: Get in the elevator and go to my floor, which is 5. Tory occupies most of the building from floor five to eleven. A good part of my day is going up and down the elevator! (I should probably start taking the stairs)
Ta-da! The lobby on my floor! Isn’t it gorgeous!? Every floor has a bit of a different lobby and layout – 9th floor is my favorite!
9:45: Sit down at my desk that I share with the other PR intern who I love! I’m so glad there are two interns in my department – it makes the day go by so much quicker and I love her company. Wednesdays (the day she isn’t in the office) are just not the same! I start my day off by reading some magazines that are on my desk.
Viola! I hope my desk was all you expected and more! Yes, us interns use magazines as mouse pads 🙂 *Not shown in photo: the huge stack of magazines to the left of my laptop.
I go through each magazine and look for any Tory Burch credits. We tab the credits sticky notes and arrows. I can’t even imagine how many magazines I have gone through this semester! I think we look through about anywhere from 5-15 every day. If there is a credit I document it in the credit report and scan it in to have on file. It is quite interesting to see over time which magazines feature Tory credits the most. I find that Instlyle always seems to end up with like 10 tabs! Tabbing for magazine credits is usually something I do in the morning before my someone on the PR teams asks me to do something or while I eat lunch or in my down time.
10:30: My manager asks me to send out samples for a photo shoot later today for Glamour magazine. I put the ready to wear in a garment bag and the accessories in a shopper. I create a label for the bags and fill out a messenger request form. Off to the mail room on 7!
10:45: A quick selfie on my way back to 5. The 7th floor has what I call the “TB Hall of Mirrors.” Thats where the showroom on the right (the orange doors). Yes, there are mirrors everywhere and yes there is a lot of orange.
11:00: When I get back to 5, I check the incoming rack and ask if I can do all of these sample returns from different magazines. I’m given the ok to do so. I go through the garment bags and shoppers and decide what samples go back in the PR/runway closet and what’s to go back in the post-market closet. I check all of the samples back in and put them away in their appropriate closet depending on what season they are from. Keep the closets organized is very important, because it helps everyone find everything a lot quicker, easier and it makes sure all samples are accounted for.
11:30: We got some more Spring 16 shoes in!! Amber the other PR intern and I move them onto a baker’s rack and check them into the runway closet and organize by look from the runway, color, and size. This is the run of show board that Amber and I created for the PR team. It has all of the looks from the Spring 16 show. It super useful when organizing the closet by look. Can you say shoes?!
12:15: I never want to see another shoe again! I read an email about an urgent pull for Refinery 29 and check the closet for what samples we have available of what the are requesting. Sometimes stylists are very specific and ask for exact pieces or looks and other times they will just ask for things like anything floral, or embellished pumps. It’s fun when they are more general, because then you get to be a mini stylist and style looks to send. All of course which is edited by an upper level PR manager before I send it out!
12:30: I check the closet for what they requested and luckily we have it all! I check out the samples to Refinery 29 and put in all of the details of the photo shoot and when the samples are expected to come back. Since the stylist was very specific about the samples she was requesting there is no need to edit and I put the ready to wear in a garment bag, fill out a label and bring it to the mail room.
1:00: Just admiring the iridescent details in the Spring 2016 runway collection *insert heart eye emoji here* More send outs! Up to the mail room again! Told you I am up and down on those elevators all day!!
1:30: I wrap a gift for an editor. If you have ever ordered anything from Tory – you know what their gift wrap is like (AMAZING!!!) There is a very specific way gifts are wrapped at Tory for editors. I double check to make sure the orange ribbon reaches the middle of the Tory Burch logo on the bag, snip the ribbon on an angle on both sides of the bag and bring it up to the mailroom (again!)
1:45: My stomach growls and I realize that its almost 2 pm already! I remind myself to go get lunch now or I won’t ever go. I walk a few blocks to my favorite (or should I say only) lunch place I go to – that is Chop’t! Yes, because I’m extremely boring I get the same salad every single day 🙂 Chicken Caesar hold the dressing please- my friends make fun of me because they don’t understand the point of a Caesar salad without dressing! The bright side of going on lunch pretty late every day is that the line at Chop’t has calmed down by then. You should see it at 12:30 – its down the block.
2:30: Finally sitting down and eating lunch! Amber and I flip through our stacks of magazine for Tory credits. I add any credits to the credit report and scan, scan them in and then show the PR team. It pretty cool seeing something you pulled or sent out a while ago end up in a magazine! I always think I TOUCHED THAT!!! Another lunchtime activity favorite is shopping (on days when the office isn’t as busy)! Employee discounts really drain my bank account and I’ve decided they might as well pay me in Tory gift cards 🙂
3:15: Time to update the press boards! We update the press boards on each floor by importance of floor. That being said, 8 is obviously the first floor because guess who’s office is there?? I’ll give you a hint – her initials are TB. I seriously hope I run into her on the elevator soon, but I will totally fan girl over her so it’s probably better I don’t.
Viola! Press boards! It’s pretty cool how much press the company gets.
4:15: Seems like I have some down time now! I flip through more magazines. I always take pictures of articles I want to read again later like this one on Jeanne Damas – one of my favorite Parisian it girls. I also always snap pictures of things I want to buy that are featured in magazines and inspirational images. Like this fashion water color!
4:45: One last return from Elle! I email my managers what did and did not come back from the return. And a shopper of holiday shoes to bring up to mail room and that ends my day at the office!
5:00: Every day since day light savings I am still so shocked to see that it is pitch black out! Look at that crescent moon in the sky! All I can think about is how hungry I am. Hmmm I kind of want a cookie. I take a quick pit stop before I head to the train to City Bakery down the block from my office.
5:42: I hop on the train and check all forms of social media and email.
6:15: I do a couple of readings for homework for class the next day. See, with a 3 hour commute you can make great use of you time on the train! Yay being productive!!
7:30: *This station is West Haven* Ahhh that announcement is a pure sign of relief. I’m in the homestretch! Thoughts that go through my mind…ok I’m starving should I just get Chipotle. Eh, I kind of really want to make an entire box of Mac and Cheese when I get home.
8:00: Yayy! I’m home alas. I don’t know if I want to eat everything in sight first or drop my bag and take my coat off. Do it all again the day after tomorrow!
So there is an an average day in the office! I hope you enjoyed getting a taste of what I do at Tory and what its like to work in fashion PR (well at an intern level!) Tune into my mini-series of Intern Diaries for more internship advice and tips. In the next post I will be talking about how to apply for internships, where to look for fashion internships, resumes, cover letters, email etiquette and more! Also keep your eyes out for my post this weekend on my favorite French brands 🙂