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Clare Giles

Visual Merchandising Supervisor

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsVisual Merchandiser - Interior Design Intern

About me

I have 8 years of visual merchandising experience in a head office role. After working in different areas within the field I have developed a range of transferrable skills. I can adapt well to a team environment, whilst consistently staying motivated when I work independently. I offer excellent leadership skills, with proven ability to take the lead on all floor moves. I offer a reliable and confident working attitude and am always working towards the best possible results. My stores have regularly hit target during promotional periods. I have passion for the role and take pride in what I do.

Skills

  • Visual Merchandising 6+ Years
  • Luxury Retail Management
  • Analysing Trends
  • Window Display
  • Creative Merchandising
  • 3+ Years Styling
  • Creative Customer Service

Work history

Currently

Visual Merchandiser

Club 21 UK Ltd

Sep 2012
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • -Ensure visual merchandising standards are strong and consistent across all UK stores. -Weekly trade meetings with merchandising team to discuss store trade and plan of action for upcoming weeks. -Work in partnership with the operations, marketing and merchandising teams to maximise productivity in stores. -Participate with store management teams to make the best visual decisions for stores whilst maintaining brand visual standards. -Supervising and training the junior VM team and developing talent. -VM coaching in stores, communicating our creative philosophy to staff and store visuals. -Creating VM Guidelines for stores. -Communicate the visual calendar and priorities to the store teams. -Preparing the stores nationwide for seasonal promotions and sale periods, working alongside the Store and Area Managers, and Merchandising Team. -Creating display material and vinyl for in-store and window displays. -Communicating with clients to prepare seasonal store graphics, signage and window installations. -Acting as a brand ambassador for A|X. -Development and implementation of visual merchandising standards throughout retail, wholesale and outlets. -Extensive travel across Europe, UK and Ireland to ensure brand image is consistently represented. -Merchandising shop-in-shop concepts in department stores, including Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Galeries Lafayette and Stockmann, ensuring brand image is maintained to drive sales, working alongside the Store and Department Managers. -Reacting to the changing visual demands of top department stores. -Raising purchase orders. -Booking VM travel and doing VM expenses. -Designing Armani Exchange shop floor promotional material/point of sale on Illustrator. -Assisting in the opening of DKNY Jeans Westfield, New Bond Street, European stores, DKNY Outlet Belfast, and shop-in-shop concepts DKNY Jeans in Harrods and House of Fraser nationwide. -Sourcing props and materials for window and showroom displays. -Acting as a brand ambassador for these prestigious brands. -Merchandising UK showroom and Distributor’s showrooms in Europe for seasonal selling and press events. -Dressing models for special events, including fashions shows and showroom presentations.

Education

2007

BA(Hons) Fashion Marketing Communications

Nottingham Trent University

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
  • A unique focus on marketing strategy and branding for the fast-paced fashion industry. A business focused degree, studying marketing, branding and merchandising, specialising in brand development. In my final year I chose to focus on developing a range of homeware for a prestigious high street retailer - I created lookbooks, an advertising campaign, a full website and packaging for the new brand.