Our intern Sarah

Introduce yourself? What is your background?

My name is Sarah BOUL LEFEUVRE, I am turning 23 in May, and I come from France. Before coming in the UK, I was studying in France: first of all I passed a BTS to become a PA (equiv HND) and that’s how I met Hazel and Eki Orleans Designs. Indeed, during those 2 years we have to do 2 internships, and one of them has to be abroad. For myself, both of them were abroad. Anyways, during my second year I went back to London to do my work placement with Eki Orleans. And this year, I am taking 2 Bachelor degrees in International Trade and Marketing, one in France and one in the UK, I spent 1 month in France and I came back to the UK to take the second part of my cursus: 4 month at Uni and 4 month working for a company, and once again I was willing to do it with Eki Orleans. 

What do you enjoy doing in your freetime? 

 I really miss horse riding, I used to go there every weeks for the last 10 years, but as I am always travelling or busy studying I can’t really do that anymore. As a girl, I love going shopping with my frien myds, and being in London is not really helping on that point. Finally, more recently, I decided to go back to gym to get my “Summer Body” back and now I ended there every single day, it is really nice to work hard at the gym after a good day of work. 

Do you like it here in London? What do you enjoy about London the most?

 If I like London, no I LOVE London, I coming in London every year for the last 4 years because I can’t stand staying in France, that’s why I wanted to do both of my work placement here and that I applied for that unique Bachelor Degree in France, I couldn’t stay any longer far from here. 
What do I prefer about London? Does it counts if I say everything? (Except the poor weather even if I am used to it in France). Honestly, I like to be busy and London is a busy town, I love the fact that nobody is juging you, people are really helpful and open-minded. That’s why I love London.

Why did you want to do an intern in fashion?

I am a versatille person, I want to touch every type of sectors. My first internship was with Swarovski, and I really enjoyed being around nice creations and nice pieces of jewellery, that’s when I understood I truly wanted to work for a luxury company rather than anything else. Then came fashion, well honestly I just felt in love with Eki Orleans’ creations, the quality of its products, the prints, the colors… So it is not really about fashion, it is more about the products I like rather than anything else. 

What kind of things have you been working on? What projects do you own at Eki Orleans ?

 The first internship I did with Eki Orleans, I learnt a lot about the fashion industry, how does it work, all the “backstage”. So I’ve been working on a book mainly, tracing Eki Orleans history since the begining of the brand. Then, this year, I am more working on promoting the brand: all the digital marketing (social medias, blog…), marketing strategies, I also did a shoot for the Valentines campaign (first time I wore an Eki dress, I was thrilled), working on the Mother’s day campaign, working on some advertisements really, and I do love what I do, I mean, I love the brand, Hazel, her creations… It couldn’t be better, I’m glad to do that internship here, it’s more than a normal internship, it’s passion and Hazel gave me her passion, and that’s how you get driven by your work and you wanna spread that passion to all the others, and I wish she / we will spread that passion all around the world.

Can you see yourself working in fashion later on. If so, why? If not, why?

 Honestly, it depends on if I truly like the creations of a company or not. At the end of the day I see myself as a business woman, so I should be able to sell anything. Though, working in the fashion industry made me realise that I can’t sell something that I don’t like, I need to love the product to be able to make people love it the way I do. And working for Eki, also showed me that I like all the promoting part, creating things, because at the begining I wanted to work for the luxury car industry (Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz…) but now even if I still do like that, I feel like I would be more creative and more passionate about the luxury fashion industry.

Describe your personal fashion style:

 I am an eclectic person, one day I would wear really sophisticated outfits, the next one I could walk out my house being very casual, and the next one mixing things up. I love so many things, but at the moment my favorite outfits would be my Levis short with a colorful printed top (though it is not summer so I will have to wait a bit more to be able to wear that).

How would you describe Eki Orleans in 3 words?

 – Unique
– Powerful
– Driven

Eki Orleans
Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans, the award winning designer, is the creative force behind the high-end London-based fashion-label Eki Orleans. Born in Germany, raised in Nigeria and educated in London, her design aesthetic has been strongly influenced by this diverse mix of cultures. She draws inspiration from all of her cultural experiences, most notably, however, from her West African heritage.
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