Fashion Industry Buyers
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Is it time for you to nurture a change in your career?
Perhaps you have experience in a senior purchasing position or as a junior
buyer, and would like to take the leap into maternity wear?
A career as a maternity buyer is more exciting than it
might first seem. The days of bow-bestowed frocks, arrows on the belly, and
tents over leggings are mostly behind us. Modern women do not stop being
feminine and sexy just because they are with child, and most designers and
retailers are aware of the social and cultural shift in favor of expectant
mothers. The fashion industry has responded to the call, and pregnant women
can now purchase everything from maternity lingerie (even thong panties!) to
sexy tops, stylish suits, and figure-hugging dresses to flatter their
bumps. Even post-pregnancy items, like breastfeeding shirts, have improved
As a maternity buyer, you will keep an eye to the
fashion trends of parents who are expecting a child or who have just been
blessed with one. Knowing your clients demographic needs will help a lot.
Maternity trends vary quite a bit by climate -- obviously a clingy
camisole-style tank or maternity shorts will not play well in the northern
United States -- and by socially accepted norms of each region. For
example, the maternity wear of women in the South is likely to be quite a
bit more conservative than that of women in say, Los Angeles. And clients
located in more rural areas will have customers with far different clothing
needs than a career woman in a city like Manhattan.
Before you decide to tackle a new role as a maternity
buyer, consider these two questions:
Do you play well with others?
Can you nurture a team?
Let us explain
Do you play well with others
translates to this -- can you work within the framework of your organization
to accomplish your departmental goals? An organization functions much like
a family in that each member/department has individual goals and needs, and
that miscommunication of these goals and needs can result in dysfunction.
You will work with your merchandising team to create plans that will
maximize profitability for your company. You will follow products from
concept to placement in stores, and in the process, communicate with
suppliers all over the world. It will be on you to communicate design and
marketing vision to both your superiors, other departments, and ultimately
to your clients. You may work with designers and technicians in the early
stages of product development, if that is a function of your company. And
you will communicate all of the above to your team, as well.
Can you nurture a team?
Of course you can! To do so
successfully, you must possess the willingness to foster success traits in
your team. You will foster the professional development of your junior
buyers and buyer's administrators. Instilling strong communication,
organization, and analytical skills, and encouraging innovation and
initiative, in your team members will ultimately be a reflection on you and
a boon to your company. With effort, you and your team can become peas in a
Negotiation, presentation, organization, and
communication are just some of the skills you must possess as a maternity
buyer. It will take grace under pressure to carry a heavy workload on a
tight time schedule. You must be willing to balance the needs of your
clients and the end consumer in regard to quality, delivery and price.
(There is as wide a range of pricing in maternity wear as there are
With proper preparation, you can give birth to a career
as a maternity buyer. You may find that, like parenting, the journey is not
without its struggles, but comes rather naturally!
Find a good job as a
Welcome to the maternity buyer job
description section of the Apparel Search employment
directory. In this section of our guide we present
information relevant to a career as a maternity clothing
Although for many of our
career descriptions we provide
information that we have developed internally, a large
portion of this
section relies heavily on user input. No one knows a
career path better than someone that has actually worked
in the particular position. Therefore, we welcome
members of the fashion community to submit their
personal experience to this page. Active members
fashion industry are welcome to contribute to the
job descriptions by using the comment area below.
have previously or currently work as a maternity buyer please add your insight
to the community discussion. Educators such as
fashion school teachers and
knowledgeable garment industry veterans are also welcome to
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