As some of you may already know, I was lucky enough to score an internship at Nylon Magazine this semester and thought it might be nice to do a little blog post explaining about my role and experience so far!
I've always been very into fashion magazines and growing up, it has been an ambition of mine to work/intern in the world of publishing. Magazine internships are very competitive, but Nylon was a perfect fit for me in terms of style and the role. I'm taking an internship as one of my courses at LIM College (I'm on study abroad from London College of Fashion), so although my internship is unpaid, I do get college credit. I started my internship at the beginning of September and have been loving every minute of it so far.
My role at Nylon is working with the Nylon Shop, which runs alongside the magazine, offering a really cool range of clothing and accessories from small independent brands from across the world. As a Buying and Merchandising Co-ordinator, its my job to seek out new vendors, select stock for the site, upload products to the site and other general admin tasks. I also have a lot of input in social media for Nylon and work alongside other interns to style and photograph samples from brands and shoot with models (see images above). Although I've never done anything like styling before and did find it a little out of my comfort zone to begin with, I'm really enjoying dipping my toes into this aspect of fashion! I applied for my role online with the website Free Fashion Internships.
Working with the Nylon Shop means I get to work closely with a lot of really cool upcoming brands. A few of my favourites that we stock include: MYVL, Coco & Breezy and Mod Dolly! Nylon is definitely all about the 'cool girl aesthetic' and its a lot of fun to work with all the quirky brand samples and to see really awesome merchandise. When it comes to dressing for my internship, Nylon is definitely a place were individual style and uniqueness is celebrated, so I love to experiment with my style and have a little fun!
The Nylon offices are based in the ever-trendy neighbourhood of Soho here in New York City, which is a great place to be, not only for the cool spots to grab lunch but also for shopping after a day's work! I usually spend my lunch breaks visiting sample sales (3.1 Phillip Lim last week, The Row this week) and grabbing a bite from the array of sandwich shops in the area. Soho is also a great area for celeb spotting, last month I spotted Emma Stone!
So what's it like working at the coolest magazine out there? Pretty damn awesome, I must say. I'm thoroughly enjoying my internship so far, I'm experiencing and learning a lot, plus the networking connections are second to none. The office is a really fun place to be and I'm still pinching myself a little that I actually intern at Nylon! Even if I choose not to go into publishing/buying/merchandising in the future, getting all-round experience in the fashion industry from a great brand such as Nylon will look great on my CV/Resume going forward. My name was also featured in print in the October issue of Nylon Magazine which was a pretty big deal for me. Let's just say I squealed a little and rang my Mum straight away!
Make sure to check on the Nylon Shop and if you have any more questions, feel free to tweet me @helloomonica!