Valerie Bungener Relmy

Senior Visual Stylist and Merchandising Manager

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

(Not another) Parisian, London based creative thinker..... A highly detail oriented and inspirational senior visual styling & merchandising manager with over 12 solid years of experience in the fashion retail industry. A skilled communicator and high-energy manager able to connect with stakeholders and promote team cohesiveness. Head office/field based, successfully influence, shape and enhance global VM strategy and brand identity across the board. Dynamic, open minded and enthusiastic with a profound passion for passion

Skills

 

  • Communication
  • Events PR
  • Styling
  • Photoshop
  • Trend Analysis
  • Fast Paced
  • Guidelines
  • Detail Oriented
  • Keen eye for Detail
  • Problem Solving Abilities and Creativity
  • Visual Merchandising Management
  • Inspiration Board
  • Luxury Background
  • Online Styling
  • Strategic Creative Vision

Work history

2015

Corporate Visual Stylist Manager Europe

Forever 21_london HQ

Mar 2014 - Jul 2015
  • + Redefinition and upgrade of global visual styling standards across the board + Development and implementation of new global retail styling strategy + Creation and development of styling training packs and best practice guides + Launch of window submission process and mannequin survey + Development of comprehensive guidelines and inspirational trend boards + Launch biweekly competition survey report: E com, editorial, campaign, high street + Revision global marketing calendar + Ad hoc creative solutions + Strong productive partnership with cross-functional partners + Support high profile store openings + Training and successful management of visual stylist team (1 direct report) + Development of market specific clean creative aesthetic + Planning, coordination and installation of high profile window set ups + Online Stylist studio manager (interim)

2014

Corporate Visual Stylist Manager _global

Forever 21_los Angeles HQ

Dec 2012 - Mar 2014
  • + Redefinition and upgrade of global visual styling standards across the board + Development and implementation of new global retail styling strategy + Creation and development of styling training packs and best practice guides + Launch of window submission process and mannequin survey + Development of comprehensive guidelines and inspirational trend boards + Launch biweekly competition survey report: E com, editorial, campaign, high street + Revision global marketing calendar + Ad hoc creative solutions + Strong productive partnership with cross-functional partners + Support high profile store openings + Training and successful management of visual stylist team (8 direct reports) + Development of market specific clean creative aesthetic + Planning, coordination and installation of high profile window set ups + Online Stylist studio manager (interim)

2012

Deputy Creative Manager

TOPSHOP TOPMAN

Aug 2011 - May 2012
  • + Management of visual styling and display ensuring perfect translation of brand DNA + Train and successful management of creative assistant team (3 direct reports) + Thorough planning and coordination of window installations with external contractors + identification of opportunities and ad hoc creative and commercial solutions + Lead daily and weekly floor walks with operation and VM management + Order of POS material, organisation of power tools and display elements + Creative support of Topman creative assistant

2011

Visual Merchandiser Europe

VF Corp Kipling Division_ Paris HQ

Jul 2007 - Nov 2011
  • + Management and promotion of brand global VM identity + Enhance brand image by developing high profile new standards + Concept innovative window schemes + Shoot and edit VM guidelines in partnership with graphic design team + Host seminars and training sessions with retail partners and B2B clients + Nurture relationships and positive communication with stakeholders + VM brand ambassador + Strong and compelling visual presentation for high profile PR events and capsule collection launches + Development new retail store concept in partnership with Universal Design Studio

2007

Visual Stylist & Merchandiser_flagships

H&m_paris

May 2005 - Aug 2007
  • + Management of indoor VM and window styling strategies for Parisian flagships + Innovative and inspirational presentation across all departments: woman, man, kids, accessories, baby, denim and trend + Organisation of VM retro planning to ensure commerciality and competitive turn over f merchandise + Maintain high standards across the board + Spot, train, empower in store VM talents + Launch exclusive collaboration windows: Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Madonna and Kylie Minogue + Management and order of POS and display elements + Ad hoc creative and business oriented solutions + Strong productive partnership with stakeholders

2005

Visual Merchandiser

Giorgio Armani/emporio Armani_paris

Mar 2004 - Jun 2005
  • + Supervise consistent and impeccable implementation of brand guidelines + Plan, prepare and implement regular store zoning and rotations in consultation with store management + Act as a proactive force in developing the business, leveraging visual merchandising as a way to drive sales + Manage the reordering of props, lighting and visual merchandising tools where necessary + Day to Day Visual Merchandising Maintenance Checks

2004

Display Artist_visual Merchandiser

Gianni Versace_paris

May 2002 - May 2004
  • + Management and promotion of brand VM identity + Training of sales consultants to VM best practices + Enhance brand image by developing innovative window schemes + Meticulous Window dressing and detailing to overcome high level of expectation + Analyse slow movers, best sellers and implement display and layout changes in partnership with store management + Master knowledge of all product categories including couture

Education

2015

Fashion Merchandising, Buying

FCI Fashion Career International_los Angeles

Jul 2012 - Sep 2015

    2015

    Graphic Design Introduction_courses

    WMC Camden College

    Aug 2015 - Sep 2015

      2002

      History of art

      Universite Paris 8

      Aug 1999 - Apr 2002