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Interview with a Fit Model, Continued

November 6th, 2012

Shop Gotham has had the pleasure of speaking with a fit model here in NYC.  A fit model is someone who tries on designer clothes before they hit the stores.  Like every other job, it has its highs and lows.

Shop Gotham (SG): What bugs you most about your job?

Fit Model (FM): What bugs me most about the job might be that everyone assumes I’m dumb because I’m a model. Some people can get a little condescending because of that, and that’s the most infuriating thing in the world to me. Also long fittings- we’re talking 6 to 7 hour fittings- are pretty brutal because you’re just standing there, in four inch heels, for sooooo long. Your feet & body get achy, and if you’re working with a team that doesn’t ask for a lot of input, it gets HELLA boring. But you just have to suck it up, let your mind wander, and think of the dollar signs.

SG: Which brings us to the next question.  What’s the pay scale like?

FM: At my most high-paying account, my take after my fit model agent’s commission is roughly $200.

SG: Per hour?

FM: Yup.

SG: Did you come to New York to be a model?

FM: No, I came here to be an actor.   So for an actor, it’s a godsend of a day job. And for the most part, it’s pretty flexible, usually just a few hours a day.

SG: Is it fairly consistent?

FM: Right now I happen to be in the midst of a solid month of 9-5 work, which is extremely rare for a part-timer, and that amount of hours is really difficult. But I’m going to make a quarter of my last year’s income in a month, and it’s hard to say no to that.

SG: Well, thanks for taking the time out to speak to us.  It’s been very interesting!

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New York Fashion Week – Be part of it even if not part of it

August 28th, 2011

If you are going to be in NYC but not invited to any of the glam shows, but ache to feel part of this exciting world, may we suggest taking the Shop Gotham Garment Center “insider” shopping tour on Wednesday, September 7th.  On this unique shopping excursion, you will get to see the inside of fashion showrooms and have the opportunity to buy current season goods at wholesale.  Cahnces are you will meet a designer or two and guaranteed you will learn some exciting facts and history about the legendary women’s fashion world of New York city. tours max at 12 persons, so tickets are very limited.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.shopgotham.com