#CareersInFashion: Fashion Buyer

Trying to figure out what job to pursue in the fashion industry can be a confusing process – trust us, we know. But it doesn’t have to be. From the business side of things, to the creative, there is a job description perfectly suitable for you.

If you’ve ever come across the term “fashion buyer” but have no clue what that is or what that entails, then you’ve come to the right place because we have the answers for you. Keep scrolling to find out what exactly a fashion buyer does and tips for
pursuing this career in the fashion industry.

What exactly does a fashion buyer do?

In a nutshell, buyers are all curators or selectors of a specific edit of a range, who make all the purchasing decisions for a clothing retailer. They source new trends and pick pieces for the season based on upcoming trends and previous sale history.

This role involves closely working with fashion designers and attending fashion shows to get a sense of the fashion market. It involves forecasting trends in fashion while monitoring consumer-buying patterns.  And this applies to a buyer at a boutique, or in a department store as much as to a buyer in a brand who will actually buy for their own retail or e-tail selection.

What skills do you need?

If you want to become a fashion buyer, there are a couple of know-hows required. Besides being interested in fashion and having a keen eye for style, you need to be analytical, have a strong sense of numbers and a good eye, you’ve got to be creative and well organized. Successful fashion buyers understand the business side of the fashion industry and bridge the gap between the runway and the consumer. Jobs can range from working with retailers like Temple Muse and Grey Velvet.

How can I get my foot in the door?

Because experience in retail is a must, try applying as a sales associate at a retailer as working directly with customers will give you a feel of what style trends sell and which don’t.


Feature Image : Rebecca Osei-Badoo, Fashion Buyer at TSUM, at the 2017 edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend.