London College of Fashion, 3rd year BA Fashion Buying and Merchandising student, on a grade average of 2:1. Previous work experience in busy retail and head office locations, ranging from Production to Buying and Wholesale sectors. Intrinsically hard working, proficient and reliable; currently searching for careers and Graduate schemes to progress and further my knowledge in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Data analysis and Business Strategy.
• Determine customers’ needs and wants • Recommending merchandise based on individual requirements • Advise customers on utilization and care of merchandise • Provide advice to customers regarding particular products or service • Answering customers’ queries and concerns • Quote prices and discounts as well as credit terms, trade-in allowances, warranties and delivery dates • Assist in display of merchandise and working closely with visual merchandisers • Maintain sales records for inventory control
• Assisting the buying department, by booking in appointments for their seasonal selections. • Visually merchandising and managing the collections in the showroom. • Uploading orders and creating fashion line sheets for the products. • Sending out samples from various collections to international and national agencies. • Using the logistics services to a proficient level. • Entering data into purchase orders and sales orders, as well as preparing the seasonal line sheets of each buy.
• Being responsible for the fashion cupboard: Making sure that all items are returned to each PR Company, Press Office, and shop-floor or internationally on time • Assisting on the main December shoots; working closely with the Beauty Director on the December Beauty Shoot, learning particularly about the role of a stylist assistant. • Working closely with the Creative Fashion Director and Fashion Assistant, on the 10-page cover spread December shoot. • Producing credits after each shoot including the product, the material/fabric and stockist number of each item that was shot or featured at the main shoot
• Working closely with and learning collections within a wide variety of different luxury and high street brands such as The Fifth, Finders Keepers, Eric Bompard, Hannah Beth Fincham, The Ragged Priest and Forever Unique • Checking in and out samples to different clients such as Red, Glamour and Fabulous magazine. • Organising the showroom accurately to make it presentable for each important client coming to view samples. • Putting through orders for either a specific media publication or an important individual such as bloggers, TV presenters and TV personalities. • Attending the Missguided a/w14 press event in London, Soho and assisting actively in all activities.
The course facilitates an understanding of the structure of the global fashion market, trend research, design and product development, garment sourcing, supply chain management, range planning and distribution, visual communication, sales analysis and profit management. It considers how the strategic contribution of buying and merchandising to the long-term development of a fashion business works through the inclusion of internationalisation, sustainability, customer enhancement, business strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. The course explores all levels of the market from value orientated retailers to luxury brands. Learning the importance of developing fashion awareness and business acumen through the analysis of buying and merchandising practice within both established and new and emerging organisations. The strategic relationship between a fashion business and its customers is explored, and a discovery into how a business can develop through establishing different retail formats and entering new markets.