The Business of Fashion | Where to next?
Back in December, I wrote a blog post while sitting in the airport, with a heavy heart and extremely heavy suitcases, as I bid farewell to Paris and France, a country that I called home for three years. I came back to the Emerald Isle with the aim of finishing my Masters in International Management and then finding a new career opportunity within the fashion industry – something that I’ve been orientated around for quite a few years.
I told myself that New York was next, but was offered an internship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had even secured an apartment and booked my flights when only a week before leaving (and in the middle of my exams), the company’s main investor pulled out. No more job in Kuala Lumpur for me. As plans came crashing down, I decided to take my flight anyway, and rather than take the connection to Malaysia, I ended up staying a week in Dubai. Amazingly, the vacation that wasn’t meant to happen at all turned into one of the best traveling experiences I’ve ever had!
My new found free time (aka being very unintentionally unemployed) allowed me to concentrate on other things (DIY, blogging, catching up with family and friends, finally getting a haircut) and also led to many sleepless nights wondering where I was going to go and what I was going to do. All of a sudden I was without a plan, something that I couldn’t have said for many years, and panic sunk in.
But you know what they say – when one door closes, another one opens. And through all of the chaos, moving apartments, packing and never really unpacking, endless job applications and seemingly fruitless avenues, something great came out of it all.
I’m so happy to say that I’ll be moving back to Paris next week, and best of all, working for a company that I have admired for such a long time. My interest in luxury exceeds further than fashion, but to anything that can be handcrafted with the aim of simply being beautiful and bringing joy. The tradition, preservation and savoir-faire associated with luxury goods is something that I also identify with because of the sustainability of it all. It brings together the creativity of an artist with the planet’s most precious elements.
Expect a very Parisian themed blog as I’ll be jumping right back into it all while working at the LVMH Headquarters, with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and of course Louis Vuitton. To say I’m excited would be an understatement!
Photo credit: the amazing Adam Mark