It wasn’t all work at Fornash, in fact there was even drama on the high seas on our boat trip. One day we left work early to go on a boat trip from the Pentagon Lagoon to Georgetown. Food and drinks and even paddleboards were provided, and it was nice to get to know everyone outside of work. The team was so inclusive and friendly – I'm going to miss everyone. There was a police boat presence on the outing; since apparently you cant have a photoshoot on the bow while you're underway (but mostly I think the lonely police boater wanted a chance to talk to our model).
I had been waiting all summer to attend ATS (hard to believe, but I was even more excited than learning to use the silhouette machine). We left early by bus for New York on a Saturday, and I had no idea what I was in for. The girls do all of the assembly to make the booth look so beautiful, and it takes hours of pretty physical labor. There was climbing, ratcheting, screwing, stacking, building – and that was just for the tables and walls, not even the display jewelry. Figuring out the best way to merchandise the expansive Fornash collection took some brainpower. By the end of setup, we had a table of new merchandise, as well as new merchandise that was “glitzy and glammy.” Along the walls we had earring trays; spade jewelry was together in a corner; scarves, cardigans, and ponchos hung on a bar; and enamel bracelets had their own rack. The booth was bright orange and navy, and just looked like fun.
On my last days of work I said goodbye to the vinyl machine by monogramming a lot. I even did some PR work with Mutterick McCall Patterns, since one of their directors really likes Fornash jewelry. He asked for some product to use in their FW14-15 shoot, so I chose some pieces to send based on the colors and concepts he gave us.