Chicago Loves Atelier Azza

Today is the grand event for the new  Atelier Azza store in Chicago! This local designer has continued to lead the way in ready to wear, couture and bridal fashion –  Azeezah Kahn is in such high demand that the designer already outgrew the original space she picked out and moved to the 900 N. Michigan Avenue shops (on the 5th floor).

Image via Chi City Fashion

Image via Chi City Fashion

Co-hosting the Event
Azza paired up with Refinery29 to co-host the designer’s sneak preview for the Spring 2014 collection. When the event was first announced, RSVPs flooded into Refinery29, causing space to fill up in as little as 24 hours. However, R29 opened up a few more spots for those last minute guests who’d like to attend!

Two notable Chicago bloggers in attendance (and part of the R29 team) include Jena Gambaccini of Chi City Fashion and Liz Schneider of Sequins and Stripes. Make sure to say “Hello” and check out their Azza #OOTD.

Working with Atelier Azza
Can’t make the event? No problem! Azza is still looking for sales associates for the holiday season to work in the new space at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Those interested in the position should have:

  • Previous retail experience (preferably luxury)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • General knowledge of fashion (styling, trends, current, events, etc.)
  • Expert in private/VIP clientele relationship management
  • Knowledge and understanding of merchandising, fitting techniques, and the AZZA brand
  • Be able to work in an environment where you must exceed sales and performance expectations
  • Knowledge of computer programs such as Google Drive, POS systems and Apple technology
  • Previous custom design house experience is a plus

Qualifications:

  • Works well with others
  • Exemplifies personal style
  • Outgoing personality
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Motivated and can motivate others
  • Extremely organized
  • Ability to work well with a team

Contact: In order to be considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to michaela@atelierazza.com.

Azza is also looking for business and design interns. If you’re passionate about fashion, Atelier Azza and are currently in school then you should definitely apply to one of the following:

Position 1: Fashion Business Intern

Atelier Azza is recruiting motivated, driven, and hard working fashion business interns looking to gain valuable hands on experience with a growing Chicago based luxury designer. You will work closely with the showroom manager and have the opportunity to be involved in media relations, event planning, merchandising, and PR, as well as brand expansion to the New York market.

Fashion Business Intern Requirements:

  • Must be a current student or recent grad majoring in Fashion Business

  • Strong interpersonal, written and communication skills

  • Ability to execute tasks with low supervision

  • Detail oriented

  • Works well in fast paced team environment

  • Knowledge and passion for the fashion industry

  • Photoshop and Illustrator skills are a plus

Fashion Business Intern Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide support to the Showroom Manager in areas of operations, marketing, production & PR

  • Assist with merchandising and maintain overall showroom appearance, including visual displays

  • Assist with buyer-related activities including merchandising, viewing appointments, etc.

  • Help with the organization and execution of  trunk shows, fashion shows, & in-store events

  • Help write and develop blog posts and e-commerce platform

  • Assist with photoshoots, lookbook and other brand development

  • General administrative duties including answering phone calls, greeting customers, shipments, etc.

This is an unpaid internship. College credit can be provided. No previous experience required. Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of at least 15-20 hours per week.

Contact: Please email your cover letter and resume to michaela@atelierazza.com with “Intern Application” in the subject line.

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Position 2: Fashion Design Intern

Atelier Azza is recruiting motivated, driven, and hard working fashion design interns looking to gain valuable hands on experience with a growing Chicago based luxury designer. You will work closely with the Showroom Manager and have the opportunity to be involved in garment design, production, and styling, as well as brand expansion to the New York market.

Fashion Design Intern Requirements:

  • Must be a current student or recent grad majoring in Fashion Business

  • Strong interpersonal, written and communication skills

  • Ability to execute tasks with low supervision

  • Proficient  knowledge of pattern making and garment construction

  • Ability to sketch flats and illustrations

  • Detail oriented

  • Works well in fast paced team environment

  • Knowledge and passion for the fashion industry

  • Photoshop and Illustrator knowledge is a plus

Fashion Design Intern Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Shadow the Designer and Showroom Manager to learn the development of seasonal, holiday and resort collections in areas of design and patterning

  • Execute basic alterations for wholesale, retail and client garments

  • Help with the construction of sample pieces

  • Participate in and take notes for design meetings

  • Help with measurements for custom clients

  • Help with styling and organization during  runway shows and photoshoots

  • Assist showroom manager with general administrative duties including answering phone calls, greeting customers, shipments, etc.

This is an unpaid internship. College credit can be provided. No previous experience required. Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of at least 15-20 hours per week.

Contact: Please email your cover letter, resume, and samples of your work (including completed garments) to michaela@atelierazza.com with “Intern Application” in the subject line.

Atelier AZZA is a Chicago-based luxury RTW, couture, and custom bridal company leading the Chicago fashion scene and is rapidly growing internationally. Thus far AZZA has been available by private appointment only, but due to such high demand, they have opened their first retail store on the legendary Magnificent Mile.

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