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The ideal candidate for a lingerie buyer position has
experience in the fashion buying business, and in the hosiery or
lingerie-buying sector specifically. With recent experience in the lingerie
buying field, you could enter this position making a salary range in the
mid-40's to mid-50's. If you don't have experience in the lingerie field, a
senior buyer in another market who is looking to, ahem, slip into something
a little more comfortable, might find the lingerie market to be right for
A lingerie buyer will generally have clients who
maintain several different and diverse departments. Rare is the retailer
that focuses exclusively on lingerie items. It will be your job to get them
interested and excited about the possibilities of increasing their sales
margins with lingerie.
The senior lingerie buyer is directly involved in
sourcing new products. How much can lingerie really change? You would be
surprised. Lingerie changes in style, materials, color, and embellishments
to accommodate fashion trends. You will search out quality products for your
clients to provide to their fashion-conscious consumers. This may require
some travel, including but not limited to sourcing trips in Europe, India,
or the Far East.
Are you a team-player? Lingerie 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
responsibilities and accounts within your buying team, and manage the
professional development of junior buyers and buyer's administrators.
The ability to interpret numerical data and make
decisions from that data are two skills that will make you a more successful
lingerie 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 lingerie
needs. You must understand not only the clients goals, but have an idea of
the demographic of customers they serve
lingerie styles vary widely. (You
probably won't have cotton nursing gowns in the same place as vinyl bustiers,
for example.) 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 lingerie 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 lingerie or 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 lingerie consumer, a lingerie purchasing
position may be one that fits you nicely.
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