Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Student Spotlight: Jane Marchetti

Fordham senior Jane Marchetti is not your typical college student. Sure, like other business administration majors in the Gabelli School of Business, she’s taking a hefty course load of six classes. Like many other seniors, she just returned from studying abroad; Jane spent the spring semester and the summer in Paris and then Germany, working on her two minors, French and economics. And like most other Fordham students, she loves spending time with friends and exploring New York City. However, while other students’ twitter feeds feature tweets about Fordham’s last-second win over Temple on Saturday or the massive amount of homework they already find themselves facing, a recent tweet from Jane carries slightly more weight: “Just carried a $5000 dress down Fifth Ave.”

Jane interns three days a week, for a total of 27 hours, in the Commerce and Wholesale division of Dolce & Gabbana. Many students only ever dream of working for such a high-profile fashion designer, so I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jane about her first few weeks on the job. Read on to find out more!

Q: Did being a Fordham student help you get an interview?
A: I definitely think it did because they obviously were interested [in my education]. They asked a lot of questions about Fordham. They actually asked why I chose to go there, and just about the campus culture. They were interested in my extracurriculars…so it was definitely important, I think.

Q: Why did you want to work at Dolce & Gabbana?
A: Just to see if it was a field that I might be interested in and to just get the experience…because I don’t know what I want to do, so why not try it?

Q: Do you think your internship could turn into a job following graduation?
A: I mean, obviously if I were to get an offer from them, I would probably take it. I actually really like it so far, so it could be a possibility, but just being employed in New York in general would be…[a plus].

Q: Can you describe what a typical day at the office entails?
A: Well, it’s different depending on the day of the week. At the beginning of the week, we do selling reports from the previous week…we work with the relationship between the company and department stores, which is what wholesale is. So, we get selling reports from each of the department stores, and we have to, you know, make records of how much we’ve sold of what, what the selling trends are for certain items, and put it all into a nice spreadsheet so we can kind of keep track of what’s doing well and what isn’t. So that would be the beginning of the week, and then the other big part of my job is keeping track of the samples that go out to the stores. The reason we send samples out is if they’ve bought the item, then they need to shoot it for their catalogue or online or whatever, so [I'm the one who is] keeping track of the samples that come in and out and following up to make sure that they’re coming back in on time.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?
A: Just being among the clothes…another part of my job is organizing the show room, so just being in there, and they have all their vintage gowns – I mean, just the beautiful merchandise. It sounds so cheesy, but it’s just beautiful. And being able to work with people who are so interesting. It’s such an international company, so many of the people working there are actually from Italy and speak Italian, and it’s cool just to be able to learn from them.

Q: What is the coolest thing that you’ve done as a Dolce intern?
A: Being able to see what’s coming for the spring and summer is really cool. They’re focused on what’s so far ahead that you can start to identify the trends for next year.

Fordham students are doing amazing things...look for another student spotlight next month!

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