I’ve waited a few weeks to make any sort of “big announcement” about my new job because I wanted to let it all sink in for a while. I needed time to reflect on where I am now and where I’m going—with my life, my career and my future.
I didn’t feel like posting on Facebook was the best way to share my excitement after finally accepting the job offer. Honestly, I didn’t want to jinx it; as if doing so would affirm that this job was all too good to be true. As a recent U of M graduate my life has been consumed with uncertainty. From living arrangements to relationship statuses and the thought of college friends moving across the county whom you may never see again. Anyone who’s in the job market knows the stress and anxiety that comes from applying to 20+ jobs a day with a %10 response rate (if that).
I strongly believe that things happen for a reason. Let’s flash back to Fall of 2014 when I took a weekend trip to NYC with the Ross Retail Club. During our visit we had the opportunity to tour and speak with representatives from five companies: DKNY, BCBG, Bloomingdale’s (shout out to my girl Lisa Wang!), Rent the Runway and Lafayette 148. One visit truly made a lasting impression on me: Lafayette 148.
The aesthetic, the ethos, the environment. This amazing promo video says it all. As we toured the showroom, the design spaces and the photography studio I imagined myself working alongside a host of well-dressed salespersons, designers and stylists. Swapping business cards and trying to memorize the names of each employee I met, I could only hope that it wouldn’t be the last time I stood inside Lafayette 148.
Eight months later I’m packing three huge suitcases with every item of clothing, pair of shoe and precious accessory that will fit as I prepare to being on a new journey in New York. As a new member of the Lafayette 148 family I am excited about what is in store for my future in fashion. This vertically-driven company houses its creative, business, marketing and customer service teams all under one roof. The opportunity to work along side such an amazing group is unlike any other. As a Client Relations Advisor I’m going to learn the ins and outs of what makes this high-end clothing brand stand out above the rest.
New York City, here I come.
Without my family I would be nothing. I owe so much to my mom, my dad and my siblings for pushing me to be the best person I can be. Shout to this guy, who’s support and love has made all the difference. Seni seviyorum Sinan.