My name is Allina Liu. I am a rising senior and a Fibers major with a concentration in Experimental Fashion. Over the summer of 2012 I was offered an internship at the prestigious fashion brand, The Row. The company was founded in 2007 by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Together they brought their visions of a successful company to fruition and set a new standard for celebrity lines. I applied for the internship via their website www.TheRow.com where I located an e-mail address asking interns to send their resume to. I was asked to come in for an interview shortly after. I made the commute to my home city Manhattan and met with John Sohn and Jim Robinson who would later become my employers.
When my internship started in early June, it was immediately hectic. The Row had just been nominated and (later that day) won the CFDA award for Best Womenswear Designer of the Year, the most coveted fashion design award. However, because I was new, there was very little time to train me immediately due to the amount of publicity the company was receiving. By the end of my second day, I was getting used to the office. I began to figure out where certain help was needed and who to ask. One of my biggest tasks during this internship besides sewing and helping to create garments was organizing the design library, which would be used to further research for the company’s inspiration.