I was invited to London College of Fashion to be part of a fashion panel along with James Barron, Head of Buying at ASOS; James Watson, Head of Menswear & Development at Liberty; and Veronica Veronina, Managing Director of VIPICA. The evening was hosted by Sisterhood Media Group’s CEO Kubi Springer. I feel it’s really important to participate in these types of events to give students some insight into what the next steps are after graduation.
This was a closed door seminar with 100 students at London College of Fashion that consisted of in-depth discussions with the fashion panel. We talked about how we got where we were and how to get started after graduation. Some of the main points were about how important it is to research a brand or client before your initial meeting and how a good e-mail and cover letter can get you that initial meeting. Charisma, being able to work independently and using your initiative are all winning factors. The importance of networking is a huge factor because many companies would rather hire someone who is recommended to them rather than pay an additional fee through an agency. After the event we had a networking event so that students could practise their networking skills and ask a lot more questions.