It’s Been 3 Months Since You Were Looking For Your Friend

11 Jul

It’s been three months since you were looking for your friend, the one who you were reading and never blogged again…

I know I know I know…I havn’t posted in about 3 months and you all have probably moved on to other blogs with posts-a-plenty but I’m back my friends! Let me give you a quick update about what I’ve been doing since you heard from me last…I left the internship that I moved to New York for. After about 3 months with the company (clearly 3 months is a reoccurring theme in my life) I learned all I could as an intern and there were no entry-level openings so I dipped! I learned a lot there but I don’t have the college-student luxury of interning until whenever…I’m grown as hell!

After the internship I registered with a few fashion temp agencies (who knew there was such a thing!?) and within 24 hours I had my first freelance job. I began with a major All-American lifestyle brand as a Merchandising Assistant. At my internship I was in wholesale, which was cool, l but I longed for something more creative. On my first day at the gig the office was alive with creativity! Everyone was jovially creating inspiration boards at a huge table. Everyone but me…I was banished to the sample closet to organize about 8 seasons worth of samples. That’s the thing about freelancing…you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes you freelance for the duration of a project and sometimes you freelance for a duration of time. Little did I know I was there for a project.

The project was to get 2 sample closets, that looked like Hurricane Katrina done run up and through them, into some sort of order and I had under 4 weeks to do it. Why 4 weeks? Because a) that’s how long it would take for me to tackle that mess and b) because another thing about freelancing is your pay comes out of a budgeted line item and the company only alloted a month’s worth of cash for me.

Who was I to complain? I hadn’t gotten a paycheck in who knows when and my savings (which I had been living off while interning) had depleted down to single digits. So 4 weeks of pay (pretty decent pay) at a company that would look great on my resume was a definite pro and not a con at all. After performing a complete extreme makeover (read: miracle) on the closets I was unceremoniously let go. I knew I was only going to be there for a month but that doesn’t make it any less sad.

So by May I was back on the market…the job market that is. I returned to the agency that got me the freelance gig, with an updated resume, to see if there was anything available. Within a week I went on tons of interviews! I even had  few recruiters reach out to me on LinkedIn! That one month spent freelancing at that highly respected company opened so many doors. One of the interviews was at one of this country’s foremost design houses.

After a week of bated breath, follow-up emails, and hand-written thank you cards I got the job. When I say “the job” I mean I was hired as a Temp-to-Perm Merchandising Assistant. Ahhh…”temp-to-perm” another one of those freelance terms. Basically, companies often take on temp-to-perm freelancers for a period of time as a working audition of sorts. Instead of hiring directly, they trust the fashion agencies to send them tried-tested-and-true candidates to relieve some of the immediate work load while they search for the optimum candidate to fill the position. This means while you are working, they are interviewing other candidates as well as evaluating you for the spot.

I’ve now been with the company for 2 months and I’m still a temp however, my responsibilities are growing daily and so is my confidence in my job and performance. This company is the brass ring! You can’t open a magazine without seeing a celeb donning one of our pieces or seeing the face of our Creative Director. As a Merchandising Assistant here, I am the sole support of the VP of Merchandising, who works directly with the Creative Director himself. My role is to support the VP in all aspects of developing new collections which includes everything from pricing, editing, sample production, and planning the flow of the collection. My day-to-day is filled with lots of The-Devil-Wears-Prada-Moments that are lightweight stressful but I know this is an awesome opportunity. At this point I’m not sure if they will keep me or not, but I do know that I’m ready for whatever the universe serves up next my friends!

Keep on Trunkin’

15 Apr

My first customer of the day!

Last week’s trunk show was a great success! The opportunity to meet and greet fans of the brand was absolutely awesome. I’ve been selling online for a few years now and I’ve met and made fans by doing shows, but this experience was totally different as it combined both experiences. The show featured a handful of independent designers like myself and we were all given the opportunity to sell and interact with our shoppers. Thanks to the Trunk Show the Bonwire Bubble Dress, Monsoon Shorts, and Tuxedo Shorts are completely sold out!

Dont fret…there are still lots of pieces left over and be on the lookout for my next trunk show coming up much sooner than later!

Check out pics of some shoppers, friends and fans below!

Meet, Greet & SHOP!

4 Apr

Springfest Trunk Show

This FRIDAY I will be in Washington, DC at Howard University for a Trunk Show! Howard University students have an annual event called Springfest which includes a much-anticipated fashion show. If Howard were a major city you could liken Homecoming to Fashion Week in the fall and Springfest to Fashion Week in the spring. This year, the student committee has added a Trunk Show to the event giving designers participating in the show an opportunity to sell their garments to students and other admirers.

Though I am not participating in the show I am doing the trunk show! All the pieces that are currently being sold online for the Sample Sale will be available at the Trunk Show for an even more discounted price!

The Trunk Show will be this Friday, April 6th on the main campus of Howard University at the Armour J. Blackburn Center from 1pm to 4pm. It’s open to the public and free to attend! Hope to see you there!

Fall/Winter Sample Sale!

20 Mar


The day we have all been waiting for has arrived! Today is my online Fall/Winter Sample Sale. Starting today you can purchase samples from my Fall/Winter 2011 Collection at up to 70% off. And don’t be discouraged by the word sample… The Sizes range from size small to large!

Each piece was hand crafted and is completely finished with professional seeming and topped off with a Nichole Alabi label. Please shop, and encourage your friends to shop today at the Nichole Alabi Shop.

Girl Friday

19 Mar

Friday's Look: Teardrop Shift Dress

On Friday I wore the Teardrop Shift Dress. This carefree shift is easy to dress up and down. Similar to the Teardrop Blouse I wore on Tuesday in the post “And the Countdown Begins…“, the shift has the dual teardrop-long sleeve and the distinct u-neck detail.

This dress will be on sale TOMORROW for $75  as a part of my Fall/Winter Sample Sale.

Color Play

16 Mar

Column Dress

Yesterday I wore another one of my favorite pieces. This column dress is chic, sexy, and daring. The dress features an empire waist, a  low scoop back and a two-tone color play of jade and black cotton jersey. My body con creation is floor length and fabulous!

It goes on sale next week on along with the other items for a Sample Sale Price of $100

To see what i’m wearing today…follow me on Instagram: nicholealabi

Party in the Front… Business in the Back

15 Mar

Wednesday's Look: Bonwire Tuxedo Tunic

Yesterday I wore my absolute favorite piece from my Fall Winter Collection… the Bonwire Tuxedo Tunic! I think every designer designs for a customer and that customer’s point of view however this piece was one I designed just for me and my point of view. Ya’ll know I love a good crop top, and I become obsessed with the whole “mullet” look that has been on runways as of late. This piece is a tunic with a fish tail neckline, 3/4 puff sleeves, and a long scoop hemline reminiscent of tuxedo tails.

The tuxedo element is my favorite detail because in Ghana, where I got the fabric (noted in my post Bon Weaving), Kente clotting is considered formal or business attire. My Tuxedo Tunic is certainly a party in the print and business in the back.

It goes on sale next week on along with the other items for a Sample Sale Price of $100

To see what i’m wearing today…follow me on Instagram: nicholealabi

Bonwire Tuxedo Tunic + Monsoon Shorts