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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Working Away from Home | Milan

Throughout the months of June & July, I've been fortune enough to be able to travel and work at the same time. I'm sure we all go through busy periods in our jobs where we're literally up to our eyes in it. Well the past two months have been the busiest for me so it was nice to take a few days out of the office and to enjoy the modern city of Milan.

I have the luxury of being able to work with very high end brands which is absolutely amazing and I wouldn't change my job for the world right now. I feel like I've found something I love and being so involved in the buying department recently has just made me even more grateful.

So yes, a few weeks back I flew out to Milan to buy Gucci and Moncler for SS17 at Base. They do so well to keep their brands prestige I completely admire them for that. Just to fill you in, these brands cannot be bought anywhere else in the world. They only have a 2 week selling period which means all of their customers have to fly within this time frame to Milan to buy the collection! Crazy isn't it? 

Gucci Appointment
My alarm was set at 4am and I couldn't wait to see what the day would bring. By 6am I arrived at the airport and by 8am I was on the plane to Milan for my second business trip this year. Me and the other buyer arrived at our hotel and quickly had to get ourselves ready for the appointment which was booked for 2pm the same day - yes it was a very long, but exciting, day!

When we turned up at Gucci, I literally felt like I was in a detention of some sort, I couldn't believe the atmosphere! There were security guards lined up around the huge showroom and the women were all dressed in black suits with slick back hair. I mean, it was so Gucci! 

Because they only sell this collection for two weeks, the hall was lined up with tables everywhere. Just walking to our seat made me feel like I was on a catwalk or something as everyone just had their eyes on each other!

As we buy so much of Gucci, it took us up until 7pm when we were literally kicked out of the showroom! But I'm pleased to say that we certainly got the job done and what we've bought will be coming into stores the start of next year. 

Dining Along The Canal
Once we finished up at the appointment, we jumped in a taxi and headed out for some dinner. Wow, it was the most amazing setting to finish off a long day, sitting next to the canal watching the sunset go down. I couldn't have asked for anything better.

Moncler Appointment
The next day we were booked in for an appointment with Moncler, likewise to buy a collection for SS17. This was a bit more relaxed which was well needed after the day before. We set ourselves the goal to be out of there by 3pm as we had a flight to catch at 6pm. Come 4:30pm and we were still there! We rushed to get the final styles placed on our order and jumped in a taxi. 

Of course there would be traffic as well! We finally arrived at the station around 5:30pm which only left us half hour to get through passport control and security. Stressful right? But we did it!

Flying Home
I was gutted for the business trips to be over as I had the amazing opportunity of being able to explore Italy for the first time! Both cities were amazing and I cannot wait to go back in 6 months time when we have to buy for the next season.

I know I touched upon it in my previous Working Away from Home blog post, but I am extremely grateful to have been flown out to Italy twice in the space of a month. Long may the hard work continue!

If you missed my previous Working Away from Home blog post, you can catch it HERE.

Love Robyn xxx


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