This Is The Way It Ends

My adventure is about to come to a close. I have six days left in the city and then it's back to Misery Missouri. Lots has happened in the last week that I can't even believe. I've met the CEO of the largest luxury goods company in the world, I got to be a stand-in for a Food Network commercial and meet Bobby Flay, I attended a red-carpet event and had drinks with an ABC anchorman, and had my last day at Donna Karan. This week has been nuts!

First of all, the CEO. Last week while I was waiting on the elevator a man was standing next me waiting with me. Our conversation went something like this:

MW: "Do you work here?"

JR: "Yeah, I'm an intern."

MW: "How do you like it?"

JR: "I love it. I don't want it to be over. I have to move back to Missouri soon and I'm trying not to get depressed about it!"

MW: "What do you do in Missouri?"

JR: "I go to school at Southeast Missouri State University"

MW: "And do you study fashion?"

JR: "Yeah. It's definitely what I want to do. And Donna Karan is such a great company. I love it here"

MW: "Yeah. I've been with the company for five years now."

JR: *holding out hand* "I'm Jory Rapps by the way"

MW: "Mark Weber. Nice to meet you." *shakes hand*

JR: *stunned look*

*get on elevator*

MW: "Where did you get your jeans from?"

JR: "Uniqlo. They were ten dollars."

MW: "Is that why you bought them?"

JR: "Yeah. I'm in college"

MW: "That's good to know. We just bought a jeans company so I need to know stuff like that."

*arrives at floor*

JR: "It was really nice to meet you!"

MW: "You too. Good luck in Missouri. You'll make it back to New York"

Now that you've seen the conversation we had, let me give you some background on who Mark Weber really is. I may or may not have mentioned the company LVMH before on this blog. It is a giant luxury goods company that owns the following luxury brands:

Moët & Chandon Champaign

Dom Pérignon

Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs
Emilio Pucci
Donna Karan
Tag Heuer

Those are just a few of the most recognizable ones but in total LVMH owns overs 60 luxury brands. After this chance encounter I emailed him the next day with my resume and told him I think that meeting him was serendipitous in some way. He replied back and said he was glad to meet me, that he hopes I enjoyed my time as an intern, and that he had forwarded my resume to Human Resources. The funny thing about this is that I know the people in HR so they were probably going "Wait. Why did I just get Jory's resume from Mark Weber?" Ha!

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On Saturday my friend Joy called me and said "Do you want to be on a Food Network commercial and meet Bobby Flay?" My response should be obvious. So on Sunday I met her and we both went to a studio in Brooklyn where they were filming the promo. Turns out it was an ad for Kohls and their Bobby Flay collection of kitchenware. It was filming at the set of their show "The Worst Cooks In America". There were six other stand-ins plus Joy and myself. We basically just had to stand in place and react to things that were said. We got to see Bobby Flay cook some stuff (sort of) and we got to take pictures with him afterwards. The best part was the lunch they provided. Chili-rubbed chicken, gourmet mac and cheese, salad with poppyseed dressing, and a pear and strawberry cobbler. Those Food Network chefs really know how to make a good meal!

The next night, Monday night, we went to a fashion show that Joy was walking in. It was at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle at the Samsung Experience store. It was great! As it happened, the fashion show was not the main event, but rather one part of an entire fundraising event. We got to walk to red carpet, meet some of the NFL Giants, drink Nuvo for free all night, and got to meet the designer, Grace Hats. Joy walked first in the show and did a phenomenal job--of course! After the show an ABC political commentator starting talking to us (because he had the hots for Joy) and invited us to have drinks with him in the lounge upstairs. It was called the Amber Rose lounge. It was very chic and had the best view of Columbus Circle. It was amazing. He paid for our drinks ($45 for three) and even paid for our cab rides home (mine was $40) which was very, very nice of him. My favorite part of the night, however, was getting my first red carpet photo! Hopefully it will not be my last.

And last, but certainly not least, was my final day at Donna Karan. The day was just like any other--usual work stuff. At the end of the day my boss Natalie had an hour-long conversation with me about my career, life, etc. She said I did a great job as an intern and bought me a really nice planner from MUJI as a gift. I really enjoyed working with her this semester and am going to really miss everything about Donna Karan. Before I left I said bye to Natalie and she was sitting in Carol, the President of Retail's office. Carol asked me how it was. I said "It was the best four months of my life." When I walked out of the building I called my mom to tell her about my last day and out of nowhere I started crying uncontrollably. The thought of leaving this place is tearing me apart. 

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