Plus Size Buyer
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Plus Size Buyer
Do you have a background in ladies wear? Do you also
possess either experience, or an interest in and sensitivity to the needs of
the plus-size woman's clothing needs?
Plus size women's wear is a fantastic market. In the
past, clothing manufacturers appeared to be operating under the following
misconceptions: one, that having wide hips and large breasts meant a woman
was also tall; and two, that women who had any girth at all wished to hide
it inside a tent. Accessorized by a big necklace, a la Miss Piggy.
Although progress has been slow in a world where the minimum size of a plus
size model is a size ten, and the average American woman is a size fourteen
(and 54), these false ideas about what women want are gradually
disappearing, and exciting changes are taking place in plus size fashion.
If you are excited about the fashion opportunities that
are opening up for the apple-bottomed hotties and the buxom divas of the
world, and have served in a similar role in ladies wear or in multiple
product categories, or specifically in the plus size market (ideal!), then a
position as a plus size buyer could be waiting for you. A minimum of three
years experience is preferred by most employers.
Due to the fact that statistically, most grown women do
not fit into Junior or Misses/Missy clothing, the plus size clothing
category is often referred to broadly as women's wear. Apparel Search,
however, makes a distinction in our description. Women's wear are items
that are not as trendy or youthful as those found in the Juniors or Misses
section but may include some of the same items, but extend up to about size
18. Sizes such as 16W, 18W, and 20 and above are the ones more often
located in a plus size section or store, and have more generous cuts in the
bosom, hips, arms, thighs, etc. all the places we ladies to hold our
weight as we age and have children.
Just like in a women's wear department, quality,
well-made items that will not fade with a few launderings or a few months of
changing fashion dictates are essentials. Women do most of the household
purchasing and budgeting, and in general, if they are going to allocate time
or money for themselves, they expect quality.
Strong communication and relationship-building skills
are a requirement. You will manage the training and development of
administrative assistants and support your junior buyer(s) in their
projects. You will collaborate with the principals in other teams, with
whom you will work at various stages in the buying process, in order to
bring your company maximum profits. You will also communicate and meet
extensively with suppliers, vendors, and clients who function outside of
A successful plus size buyer (in fact, any senior buyer
in the fashion industry) is clothed with negotiation skills of the highest
quality. You will need to pull out all the communication and
relationship-building stops when dealing with suppliers. It is your job to
make sure that order are delivered both quickly and accurately. You will
carry yourself with grace in even the most tense, time-pressed situations.
You will find yourself working side-by-side with the
merchandising team of your company. The buying team and merchandising teams
work together on pre-season orders and in-season repeat orders. They work
together to create pricing and promotional strategies that will, in turn,
create the highest profit margins for the company.
You will be called upon daily to think on your feet and
make quick decisions. These should be informed decisions. If you can
translate numerical data into practical and profitable decisions, it will
ultimately increase sales margins for clients for their plus-size customers.
Ultimately, this increases profit margins for your company.
Your technical eye will help you build solid product
and category ranges for your company and your clients. Your passion for the
plus size market and your experience in the field will be the keys to your
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Plus Size Clothing Buyer
If you are
interested in shopping for plus size clothing or doing research about
available plus size fashion, you can visit our retailer section and visit
Women's Clothing Stores and then you will find the section for
plus size clothing
stores. You can also find wholesalers of plus size fashion in the
wholesaler section. In that section you will also find an area for
women's clothing and then you will spot the section for
plus size clothing wholesalers.
Learn more about
Fashion Industry Buyers.
Welcome to the plus size 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 plus size buyer.
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 plus size 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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