This summer, I am interning at a Women’s apparel line based out of Annapolis called Kaeli Smith. I’m going to be sharing about my experience about what it’s like to intern at a clothing company and what my day-to-day looks like.
Kaeli has been so great at making sure I get experience in every department and aspect of a clothing company, from print design, to production, to marketing, to assisting, and even selling! I thought running a clothing company would be all fun and games, but I’ve quickly realized that it’s SO MUCH WORK. I seriously admire Kaeli and any other clothing company owners for their hard work.
How did I find out about Kaeli Smith?
In high school, I always wore super bright prints on free dress day (I went to private school so we had uniforms every day). One of my friends Caroline mentioned that there was a woman who ran a clothing company in Annapolis, and that I should look into her clothes. I’ve been following her company every since! I reached out to Kaeli last summer and asked if she was hiring, but she asked me to reach back out this summer. This was perfect because it gave me the opportunity to grow as an artist and get more real-world experience (like writing an email newsletter for Tuckernuck.com) before I interned with Kaeli. I reach back out this past May, sent over my updated Resume, and crossed my fingers. I was hired!
What do I do?
Every week, I am assigned a different project. Some of the projects I have done consist of assisting with print designs, scouting potential bloggers to work with, proposing different ways to market and grow on social media, finding boutiques that would be a good fit to carry the brand, and helping out at a photo shoot. During our photo shoot, we were able to collab with Lisi Lerch, which was so exciting! I’ll post some behind the scenes images from our photo shoot at the bottom of this post. After I complete my projects, Kaeli and I meet up and cover what I’ve done, and what needs to be completed next.
What do I like and don’t like about my job?
I have seriously learned SO much. Since I’ve assisted in almost every aspect, I’ve learned that I LOVE design. Assisting Kaeli with future prints and seeing the production samples are the best part because it’s when everything comes together. This summer made me rethink my career plans – I definitely want to work at a clothing company in the future. One of the more difficult parts about my job was calling boutiques. I don’t know about you all but I hate talking on the phone! What made it so difficult was that often times, the women I talked to were SO mean. I had a few hang up on me mid-sentence, and that’s really hard to deal with since I was just doing my job! Kaeli warned me that it may happen, but it’s hard to prepare for it. If any of you reading work at boutiques, please be nice to people that answer the phones!! Even though that part was tough, I’ve loved everything else that I’ve been able to do.
What is the brand like?
Her dresses are some of the most comfortable I’ve ever worn. It’s made of a knit fabric that doesn’t wrinkle and can be washed at home. It’s a thicker fabric, but not heavy, so I know it will hold up for a long time. My favorite styles are the Twiggy Swing Dress and the Lilly Fit and Flare – they are both so flattering! My mom loves the geometric designs and I love the bring prints!
How do I shop?
Kaeli Smith sells online and she is also in so many boutiques. Ask your local boutique if they carry her – and if they don’t contact me!! I would love to help the brand grow this summer to give back for the amazing experience that Kaeli gave me. If you want to shop online, KaeliSmith.com is offering my friends, family and followers a special savings of 10% off your entire first order. Just use code NEWFRIENDS10 at checkout.
If you have any more questions about what it’s like to intern at a clothing company, feel free to ask them in the comments below or email me at email@example.com.
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