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Sunday, 29 January 2017

A Different Working Environment (Italy)

I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated my normal routine as much as I am right now. For those of you who follow me on my social accounts, you may of seen me jet setting off to Florence and Milan over the past 2 weeks. At the time, we were rushing around and I didn’t have enough time to talk you through what I was doing out there. So hence the blog post now.

The reason I went to Italy was for business trips in which I went to around 6 months ago; some of you may remember (Working Away from Home Florence & Working Away from Home Milan) As well as blogging, I also have a fulltime job working for a company called ‘Base Childrenswear’. It was my first job and I’ve been here ever since gradually working my way up to becoming an Assistant Buyer.

Being part of a buying team means that we have to fly to Italy to scout for new brands we wish to pick up. So we started our trip off in Florence where we spent 2 days walking around a Childrenswear Designer exhibition. It’s totally the ‘go-to’ exhibition for designer kids clothing. We had a few meetings here and there but that was the calm before the storm.

We arrived back in the UK on the Friday evening and flew back out to Milan on the Sunday afternoon. 99% of the brands have agents in London who we meet up with and buy our collections from. However, the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler & Gucci remain so exclusive meaning we had to go to their head offices based in Italy.

On the Monday morning, we had our meeting at Dolce & Gabbana, Tuesday with Moncler, leaving Wednesday & Thursday with Gucci. At the moment we’re buying for AW17 and I can’t say a peep about what we bought. You’ll have to check it out when it launches towards the end of the summer :)

One thing I wanted to point out was the new Gucci HQ … I don’t even know where to begin with this. I was completely blown away with their new offices and showrooms! As soon as we walked in, we walked through a long courtyard which was a combination of contemporary and modern architect. When we reached their SECOND MAIN office, it was full of green and red chairs with images of their SS17 Campaign. Now onto the showroom … Only Gucci would have their walls made of red velvet with red carpets and red doors. It was unbelievable! I wish I could take you all there so that we could all appreciate the authority that brand has which is portrayed throughout everything they do.

Late Thursday evening I arrived back home to yet another Pizza! Dominoes ;) Despite having a pizza in Italy every single day, I didn’t get bored of it haha.

Now I’m back to reality and back into my normal routine which I’ve never appreciated as much as this! Our meetings went on for 11+ hours and we even continued working after dinner back in our hotel rooms. So I’m glad to say that with all of that complete, we can carry on with the rest of our appointments until March - when I begin a new chapter … I’ll fill you in more a bit closer to the time :)

Love Robyn xxx


brands I’ve loved working with

brands I’ve loved working with