Welcome MK and Parvati: Boticca’s new Interns

Parvati and MK: Boticca's new Interns

Summer brings such fantastic things; long lazy days, a certain spring in ones step and of course, interns hungry for hands-on experience.

Over here at Boticca we are lucky enough to have not one but two lovely interns in the form of MK Byrne and Parvati Vaish both 20 from Missouri and Connecticut respectively. We are delighted to have them on board so asked them  to indulge us in an interview to kick things off properly.

 

MK Byrne – 20 from Springfield, Missouri

Welcome to the Boticca team! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve always been one to tinker with things, building everything from forts and playhouses to sewing dress-up costumes as a little girl. I kept up with all these diversions throughout high school, and when it came time to choose a college, I just couldn’t pick one thing! I was lucky enough to find my place at Babson College near Boston, where we eat, sleep, and breathe entrepreneurship. There, I don’t have to stick to one specialty – we learn the foundation of business and can apply the concepts to anything we’re interested in.

Since starting there in fall of 2009, I’ve explored clothing construction classes, video production, and programs that will take me all over the world. By next year, I’ll have traveled to Japan for an independent study, London for my internship with Boticca, Babson’s own BRIC (where students visit the countries for a semester) program to Russia, India, China, and finally a semester in Milan, before settling back home in Springfield, Missouri for a breather.

Who are your fashion icons?

Somehow I missed the Disney channel generation and stayed stuck growing up on old movies. My first fashion icon was Katherine Hepburn, after I saw The Philadelphia Story. She walked out of the pool house in a long, white, pleated gown looking like a goddess and I immediately set to dressing up like Athena every chance I got. I was also a fan of her interpretation of men’s clothing in her personal life.

As a business women and revolutionary, I am fascinated with Coco Chanel. She is a true inspiration to me as an entrepreneur and was someone who re-defined not only what it meant to dress as a woman, but also comfortably. I admire her grit as she fought for her designs and eventually became an emblem of class and sophistication.

What accessory can you not live without?

A large tote bag. I love the idea of travelling light and nimble – I usually fly with just a carry on and tote (even for month-long trips). But out and about, I always carry my laptop, a book, headphones, a notebook, food, a thermos of tea, and a multitude of things I pick up throughout the day.

Alexis Tote - White Crocodile Print by Alexandra de Curtis

If you were a designer on Boticca, who would you be?

I would be one of the designers of the Monaco Metropolitano shop. After seeing the video, their love of work and life comes through in their finely crafted and detailed accessories. I fell in love when he was making the point that you must feel the leather.

Monaco Metropolitano

What are 3 pieces you’d love to receive?

Gold and Diamonds Ring by Larissa Landinez. I love how this ring takes a classic design and gives it a modern function and personal feel.

Conos necklace by Paula Mendoza. This would go with every one of my little black dresses (I can never resist a new one).

Seasend Deceiver Bag by Kempton & Darrow. This bag would not only fit just about everything I need, but keep it organized, too.

Do any past fashion moments make you blush?

I fell in love with a pair of red rattlesnake skin vinyl pants quite a few years back, and must have worn them every day for a week before my mother did me the favor of confiscating them.

What are you most excited about interning here?

I can’t wait to learn about everyone’s story and how they started working here. It’s such a diverse mixture of people who obviously love their jobs and are focused every day on making Boticca its best. I’m also looking forward to all the designers we will get to meet and what inspired them. There’s so much creative energy in the office that I know I will be not only learning a lot during my time here but also be fueled in the coming months to think of business more creatively in my classes.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love James Bond. It’s not that I would want to be a Bond girl…I would want to be James Bond.

 

Parvati Vaish, 20 from Connecticut

Welcome to the Boticca team! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Let’s see.. I was born in India but have mostly grown up in the US and Germany. When I was younger we moved on average every four years so I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to experience plenty of different cultures and people. It has also left me curious to explore the world more, there is too much out there to not travel. I’ve spent the past seven years in Connecticut and am currently at Babson College in Massachusetts where I’m studying marketing and global management. I’m now spending two months in London working for Boticca and then taking classes at LSE. I’m really excited to be here!

Who are your fashion icons?

This is a tough one for me. I don’t think I can name one person who has significantly influenced my style. Rather it has developed over the years from influences everywhere. I’m always looking at what others are wearing, how it expresses who they are and how they live life. I think I generally look up to those people who are most comfortable in the fashion they wear.

What accessory can you not live without?

I love, love, love scarves. They keep you warm, can add a little flair to any outfit and can be worn in so many different ways (and in a pinch can even protect you from rain!). I have about ten different scarves which I wear almost all year round. I don’t think I could manage with out them, but then again, I’ve also never really tried…

Patrick Scarf by Lucy Jay

If you were a designer on Boticca, who would you be?

Eddera. I love Camille’s pieces. They are beautiful, elegant and make a statement. I like to think that I could produce designs with the same effect.

What are 3 pieces you’d love to receive?

I love the Between The Seaweeds ring by Arosha Luigi Taglia. It’s so delicate and I love the blue stones – I could wear it with just about anything.

The Gold Gladiator Cuff by Joanna Dahdah is also a favorite. I like that it’s big and makes a statement. My other jewelry tends to be more subtle, so i like bracelets that make a statement.

The Greek Leaf Headband by Eddera is so beautiful. Ever since I let my hair grow out I’ve been more into hair accessories. This would look awesome with my hair pulled to the side. I also have thing for leaf jewelry so it’s even more perfect.

Do any past fashion moments make you blush?

There have definitely been times I did not look as good as I thought I did. And I’m sure I was horrified when I realized this, but I figure, if I wore it proudly then, why fret about it now?

What are you most excited about interning here?

It’s great to work on such a unique project with an amazing team – There is so much I can learn from them. Also, the insight this internship provides into the world of fashion and start ups is fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better internship here in London.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I love food. I love to cook myself, but even more, I like to go out to eat. Not because I’m too lazy to cook (though sometimes that’s the case as well), but rather because going to a restaurant is an experience. Good food, and since being in Europe, good wine, good friends and good service equals a great time. Food is the only thing I will splurge on other than shoes.

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