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A hosiery buyer by any other name is a lingerie buyer.
But for our purposes, ApparelSearch.com will differentiate between the two.
A hosiery buyer is a more specialized job within lingerie purchasing.
The ideal candidate for a hosiery buyer position has
experience in the fashion buying business, and in the hosiery or
lingerie-buying sector specifically. With recent experience in the hosiery
buying field, you could enter this position making a salary range in the
mid-40's to mid-50's.
A hosiery buyer will generally have clients who
maintain several different and diverse departments. Rare is the retailer
that focuses exclusively on hosiery items. It will be your job to get them
interested and excited about the possibilities of increasing their sales
margins with hosiery items.
The hosiery buyer is directly involved in sourcing new
products. How much can hosiery really change? You would be surprised.
Hosiery changes in style, texture, and color to accommodate fashion trends.
There are also updates and developments in material and construction. You
will search out quality products for your clients to provide to their
fashion-and-accessory-conscious consumers. This may require some travel,
including but not limited to sourcing trips in Europe, India, or the Far
Are you a team-player? Hosiery buyers must play well
with others. You will work closely with merchandisers to plan promotional,
pricing, and financial strategies. If you are working with a designer or
designers, you must be capable of sharing creative ideas with the design
team about new products or product developments. You also will have to
delegate fairly within your buying team.
The ability to interpret numerical data and make
decisions from that data are two skills that are hard to come by but will
make you a more successful hosiery buyer. You will be the head of your
hosiery buying team, and as such, will be required to take the lead on many
financial decisions. The ability to analyze sales and market data can make
the difference between being outstanding in this position and being
mediocre. You must understand profit margins and sales objectives in order
to achieve them.
You will be responsible for short-term and long-term
financial planning and pre-season ordering for your clients
You must be organized, and once again, able to interpret data, in order to
plan successfully, and to keep track of the turnover of millions of hosiery
items though the clients you serve.
Come prepared to negotiate prices with vendors. You
will also negotiate with suppliers to secure the most timely and accurate
and affordable shipping for your clients.
The crux of it is this: If you are capable of
communicating well, and are organized, financially aware, and have a
background in hosiery, this could well be the career for you.
If you possess an eye for design that is only matched
by your awareness of needs of the hosiery consumer, a hosiery buyer position
may be just the one for you to step into one leg at a time, of course.
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