Finally! I'm in the studio!!
The past week has been filled with all the boring legal business - social security, contract signing, bank accounts etc - and in-store training at the ZARA store based in the city centre. It was kind of boring and for the most part just fucking awful. My shifts were all over the place; my first day ending at 2pm but then back at 5.30 - 9.30pm and then one day starting at 8am - 4.30pm and my last day on Friday from 2.30 - 9.30pm. It was cool to learn about the collections; everything from the merchandising to the garment rankings and selling logistics to the store presentation. But explaining all of that only took up the first hour and then I was on the shop floor folding clothes and pretending to look busy for the rest of the 6 hours. The air-con was on steroids and even though I tried to stand in the spots that weren't directly under it, I had goosebumps and a headache for most of the time. But it's over now (thank fuck) and I heard it's not healthy to dwell on the negative.
Today is my second day "working" at the office HQ in Arteixo. Yesterday I stepped into the studio for the very first time. It's still hard to comprehend that I actually work here because the size and scale of the place is beyond anything I have ever seen or experienced. Everything is white or black and new and slick and super clean and there is just SO MUCH SPACE. It's open-plan all around with partitions and mobile walls to divide the departments into their own sections. The rails of clothes run around the whole studio and surround the cluster of designers and buyers on each table.
Womenswear is divided into 3 main departments - ZARA Woman, ZARA Basic and TRF. I'm with ZARA Woman and within that there is ZARA Studio who produce an exclusive collection of designs at a limited stock. I've joined the Studio team and we're also responsible for the garments in the campaign, working with the stylists to promote the collections, but at the end of the production line those pieces will be sold as ZARA Woman.
Right now I'm waiting for my desk and computer and everything has to be approved before tables can be moved and reorganised in the space. I got my work phone today which means I can call anyone in the building and national numbers too (I think?) but other than that "work" has consisted of meeting so many new people around the studio and reading a whole lot of magazines while I wait. Which is actually OK when I'm getting paid for it, ha.