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Taking a Bite #1: How to Make it in NYC

Don’t deny it: we all quite fancy the idea of jetting off to another city and miraculously becoming the darling of the fashion industry there. Right? Well our writer Adam Lee is doing just that and – in a Carrie Diaries meets Girls kinda way – he’ll be writing about it for us. He might be the voice of his generation; or just a voice of a generation, but either way, it’s sure to be a fun ride…

Last summer I took part in an unpaid internship at a major fashion company; it wasn’t long before I realised that being unpaid was less boho and more hobo. This time I’ll be looking for a grown-up job with real money and real responsibilities in the New York fashion world. I’ll be trying to break into the fashion industry and will probably break my back, but hopefully not my spirit in the process. With no job and no apartment I’m clearly destined for success; still clinging to the dying possibility that I would meet Solange Knowles, instantly become friends with her and ride her coat-tails to success.

If you are thinking about moving to New York, there’s a few things that you need to understand. First: you’ve no idea how big Central Park is until you’re crying and sweating into your Opening Ceremony leather shirt under a bridge, like some sort of fashion conscious troll creature. Second: you can be alone but never feel lonely and vice versa; but if you die and aren’t found until a year later, you won’t be the first and you won’t be the last. And third: if you don’t hate yourself, don’t drink Four Loko – it’s the devils nectar and it *will* ruin you.

Having already lived in New York I feel I like I’ve got a slight advantage. Here’s a few more pearls of wisdom:

-       Summer in New York means that crossing the road is a workout; anything you wear will dissolve off your body leaving you dizzy and naked on the subway.

-       When looking for an apartment, craigslist is your best friend. You might see the occasional photo of a naked person in their bathroom but you need to look past that and see that this bathroom has pre-war mouldings and a clawfoot bathtub.

-       You will come across your fair share of celebrities: don’t stare at them, don’t smile knowingly at them, and definitely don’t try talking to them. You’re a New Yorker now, so you don’t freak out over star power.

-       Everyone is either on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr or some other dating website/app/clandestine love portal, so you’re next great fling is right at your touch-screen fingertips!

I’ll be rediscovering all of these and more over the coming months; and I’ll be your personal tour guide to the city that never sleeps and sleeps with everyone at the same time. Follow me as I slip into the tents at fashion week and attempt to feature in every street-style blog in existence. It’s only a matter of time before I’ll be riding in the back of a town car with my bff Anna Wintour sipping iced lattes on our way to a loft party in the Meat Packing District.

Just watch this space.

- Adam Lee

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