All posts filed under: a day in the life

A day in the life… #fashioneditor

I’ve always loved online magazine A Fashion Friend and I was recently afforded the opportunity to share some of what I do here on my blog, on that platform; which was really exciting. I asked the Fashion & Content Editor, Raya Rossi to answer a few questions that I hope will help those of you looking to get into the fashion media field. Q: Was this what you always imagined or wanted to do? If not, what did you think you would be doing? I thought I would be a Fashion Designer, but am rather happy to have landed in media. Q: What did you study? I studied a BA Fashion Designer at FEDISA in Cape Town. Q: How did you get into this line of work? I started a blog while studying and was found online by afashionfriend.co.za’s founder – this lead to an internship and fast forward 3 years to now. Q: What does your job entail? And what does your typical day entail? As Fashion & Content Editor of A Fashion Friend …

A day in the life… #visualmerchandiser

For some people they may know from a very young age what it is that makes them tick and know exactly what they want to do with their lives, but sometimes one simply stumbles into what they are destined to become, and just like that your life can change. I found the latter to be true in Xolile Nzama‘s journey to finding her passion and feel its an inspiring story, most can learn from, especially those still figuring out what they want to do with their lives. Q: What did you study? I studied B.Sc. Plant  pathology in varsity. I studied that for 4 years, then in my 5th year I dropped out. I was frustrated because I was always working in a lab. I’m a person that enjoys chatting to people so it was horrible for me, I didn’t enjoy it. Q: Was this what you always imagined or wanted to do? No, I didn’t think I’d be working in the fashion industry at all. Q: How did you get into this line of …

A day in the life… #fashionmarketer

This month I had a chat with my dear friend, a fabulous woman of many talents, whom you might have seen pon de stylish streets of Joburg, and wondered “who is she”. Well, Vuyiswa Mutshekwane, aka Vie has quite a few titles under her belt, blogger, co-founder of our favourite fashionable brunch The WKND Social, but today’s Q&A is about this lovely lady being the fashion marketing machine behind African online platform Kisua. Q: What did you study? I did a BCOM PPE – Politics, Philosophy and Economics at UCT and a marketing post grad with UNISA which I never actually completed because distance learning just really isn’t my thing. Q: How did you get into this line of work? I always loved retail and design.  I got my first retail job at age 14 and soon after, as the wave of African fashion swept over South Africa, I worked at Sun Goddess where I managed the store in Rosebank, got involved behind the scenes with the fashion shows and did some of the design.  …

A day in the life.. #fashiondesigner

I have been spending some time with Cari Stephenson, the creative force behind South African fashion label Tart and following her successful showing at MBFWJ, things have been quite a whirlwind for this designer, but I managed to get her to answer a few questions to give some of you aspiring fashion designers a bit of perspective. Q: What did you study to become a Fashion Designer? I studied photography immediately after school, and later did a diploma in business management, much later a short course in pattern making. Q: Was this what you always imagined or wanted to do? If not, what did you think you would be doing? I got my first sewing machine at the age of 8, so I guess it was always in me, but having no drawing ability and no art background I didn’t think it was an avenue open to me. I worked as a croupier for many years and this allowed me to travel extensively. Tired of the lifestyle I found myself in various unsatisfying retail positions. …

A day in the life… #fashionphotographer

So with the success of the poll on the first ‘a day in the life…’ post, which covered what I do as a fashion buyer (if you missed it, click here) I have decided to do a monthly interview with a friend in fashion, to give more insight on the different careers available in the fashion industry. Today’s Q&A is with fashion photographer, Tegan Smith, the lovely lady that captures my style for this blog.  Q: What did you study in order to be a Fashion Photographer and how did you come to working in fashion? I studied photography at the Ruth Prowse School of Art. Up until a year after leaving high school I always wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed taking photos and many people suggested I take my talent further so I studied photography for three years and received my diploma. When I started photography I wanted to be a nature and travel photographer but when studying, college pushed me to do commercial shoots and fine art shoots and I found my love for fashion there. Q: In simple terms what …