Are you having a laugh?

A beady eyed reader sent us the following ad (online here), which appears to be suggesting that working as an unpaid shop assistant is the opportunity most fashion graduates would kill for- what say you fashion graduates?! Surely if you sell such expensive clothes, you might be able to stretch to paying your retail assistants…

Sales Associate

Browns Fashion. Browns is a temple of style in the heart of London. As one of London’s most valued heritage fashion landmarks, it continues to offer pieces that have been individually handpicked from the world’s top designers. Our founder Joan Burstein is credited with discovering such talents as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Commes des Garcons.

Length of placement: 4 Weeks Location: Sloane Street Boutique

Experience gained: The student or graduate will be able to gain a valuable knowledge of all aspects of a luxury exclusive retail environment. It is ideal for an individual who has a keen interest in Fashion, gaining first hand experience in working with prestigious designer labels. A great opportunity to have a valuable insight into premium retail. The candidates will be working closely with the store manager and the highly experienced team.

This opportunity would benefit a Fashion student or graduate. Expenses: Lunch & Travel Expenses only

Funnily enough they don’t have any vacancies at the moment and there is a permanent ad on the website for three month long internships. I smell a rat.

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4 Responses to “Are you having a laugh?”

  1. 1 05/21/2011 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for your share,I will share to my frieds!

  2. 2 Lola 05/28/2011 at 5:29 pm

    I actually did one of these at Browns last year…made out in the interview stages to be a real opportunity where i would learn masses about the workings of luxury retail, finding out about all the brands and building relations with them…ended up in their ‘Labels Store’ being daily looked down upon by the male manager- (who was bitter to be stuck managing a store where his fullest fashionista potential was not noticed i presume) he obviously was having a bit of a power crisis where he felt he was so much better than mere interns..

    Spent my 9.5 hours a day (!) (9:30-7) watching the door, spreading out the hangers equally, or wrapping the garments in paper and putting them into a bag (being shown how to wrap the garments ‘properly’ was probably the most i learnt, (although i was taught as if i were a 3 year old being trusted with using a spoon on my own for the first time- its hardly rocket science.)

    all together was made to feel very stupid and beneath him. where i am actually very capable and was really looking forward to the whole placement and learning a lot from a respectable brand!

    lasted around 2 weeks before realising I was gaining nothing. I was being spoken to in such a vulgar way whilst all I was trying to do was help. and that I could easily get a job in any of the high street retailers, be paid for it, and be treated with a lot more respect.

    in all fairness the other lady working was lovely, but i would certainly not recommend it. even without the rudeness, it is not a good intern placement what so ever- they seem to just use the free labour so they don’t have to pay out for real retail associates.

  3. 3 JNR 11/01/2011 at 9:38 pm

    I actually went in for an interview for this position, but ended up turning the position down. Even if, for some reason, I wanted to commit to a position in a field only indirectly connected to what I want to do (fashion design), I certainly wouldn’t do it for free. Despite what Browns thinks, fashion graduates do not strive to arrange hangers and boxes in a back room.

  4. 4 Jan 04/25/2012 at 8:46 pm

    Against all UK regulations, Browns employs unpaid interns. They also treat them badly and HR at Browns is a joke, as is the CEO and his internal girlfriends

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