How I got it:
My friend, fellow fashion management student and blogger Freya, interned at Temperley in June. She really enjoyed it and asked to come back, so when the team asked her to recommend a second intern, she nominated me! I went in for an informal chat with two of the Sales Executives, and got the internship for September.
What is Wholesale?
My internship was with the wholesale team, who's purpose is to sell (and manage) the collection to different department stores and boutiques across the world. In the first week of my internship, we were creating training packs for these retailers, and making Excel documents on past annual sales of different wholesale accounts (retailers). I'll get onto the selling in a bit :)
London Fashion Week
An exciting part of the internship was the fashion show! In the lead up to the show, I updated the wholesale guest list (as guests were RSVPing during the week) made a FROW face sheet (got to be able to recognise those VIPs) and hand-delivered invitations. I also helped out on the day of the show and got to sit second row to watch it! (Watch the show here) After the show, we had the task of moving the collection from the venue to the showroom. It was quite special to be hanging up the collection in the showroom just hours after it had been premiered.
Now the show is over, the wholesale team needs to sell the collection. So, in their beautiful London showroom, we assisted appointments with clients such as Selfridges and Net-a-Porter, as well as international clients who were in London for LFW. Our tasks were to make drinks for the clients, dress the models and re-merchandise the collection.
We then went to Paris set up a showroom there during Paris Fashion Week, in order to catch the buyers and press that would be there during that time. The company rents out a gorgeous apartment near the Louvre, and we spent the first day setting up the space. Our tasks in Paris were similar to those in the London showroom but it was a lot busier, and there were times where we had to juggle several appointments at once! It was pretty hectic but meant that I learnt how to maneouver the new space fast.
Press appointments also were held in the Paris showroom, which meant magazines and TV stations came to visit for interviews and photo shoots, which was interesting even though I wasn't involved. It also meant that I got to meet Alice Temperley herself, which I wasn't expecting after hearing about friends' internships in other luxury fashion houses who never met the designer.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Temperley London and I'm now considering a career in luxury wholesale once I've completed my degree. I got to experience a variety of tasks, from working at the show to setting up and merchandising the showroom to emailing in French! I now understand how the wholesale side of the fashion industry works much better and I got to know some really lovely people.
I'd definitely recommend getting an internship if you're thinking about it, especially if you want to go into fashion. And if you've done a fashion internship then share your thoughts in the comments! I'd love to know.