Interview and photograph by Florence Noble
We don’t envy Isabelle the mighty task of trying to save money for uni while spending her work days surrounded by the tempting racks at Kate Sylvester.
Are you from Auckland?
Yes I am.
How do you get to Britomart?
I usually drive to the train station in Baldwin Ave and train from there.
What do you do here?
I am a sales assistant, so I get to sell all the clothes.
So how long have you been here?
Since October last year. I just finished school so it’s a pretty good job!
Are you going to uni?
Probably next year. I think I’m going to study English and a language, which I’m yet to decide.
What would your ideal job be?
I’m not sure, but I definitely want to work in the fashion industry. If I was really good at sewing and designing I’d be a fashion designer, probably, but I’m just not that good at it.
How did you get into it?
I applied and I was lucky enough that they gave me a chance. Because I worked in hospitality all through high school, but I’d never had any retail experience. So I was just really lucky.
What’s your idea of fun?
Shopping. Going out with friends.
Whats your favourite thing to spend money on?
Clothes. And bags specifically.
Have you got your eye on anything to buy at the moment?
I’m trying not to. I’m trying really hard to save for uni and flatting.
If you weren’t saving?
A Prada bag… One day.
Where’s your favourite place to eat around here?
I really like the donburi bowls they have at Fukuko. Those are my favourite. I really like their cocktails as well.
What’s your favourite hidden Auckland City spot?
I love Devonport. It’s very cute, they’ve got good bookshops and I like being by the water.
What’s the best thing about working around here?
I love working with clothes, and we get to learn about the brand as a whole. I love learning about how it all works. And the food around here is great.
What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
I used to steal bread rolls from the supermarket. That’s about it.
Just. It’s easy.
Do you believe in magic?
Yes. May as well. There has to be more than what we see, I think.