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Does a career as a sleepwear buyer, sometimes referred
to as a nightwear buyer, sound like the job of your dreams? If you have you
ever wondered what it takes to be successful as a purchaser in the sleepwear
category, then Apparel Search has some answers for you here.
First, what sleepwear is not. Sleepwear is not the
same thing as lingerie. Although some of your clients, by virtue of their
size and customers needs, may include lingerie in the nightwear category,
sleepwear most generally refers to things that (How can we word this
gracefully?) people actually wear for sleep.
Although it seems like a Catch-22, you really must have
experience in sleepwear to be a successful sleepwear buyer. Ideally, you
already have worked as a senior buyer in another area, or you are an
ambitious and knowledgeable junior buyer who already has experience in
sleepwear. Enthusiasm for sleepwear fashion and design make all the
difference in your success in this industry.
A background that includes well-developed sourcing
skills, as well as negotiating skills (price and delivery terms) is
imperative for anyone seeking success as a sleepwear buyer. This especially
includes past experience with finding new products and ideas by
communicating with suppliers, and a willingness to continue traveling, often
on short notice and within a tight time schedule, to the Far East, India,
Europe, and other central textile and/or fashion hubs in the world. Travel
will be a necessary part of your role as a senior sleepwear buyer.
You will source and develop quality merchandise in
order to have the appropriate product and category ranges available to your
clients, as well as to reach sales and profit margin goals for your team and
your company as a whole.
The ability to interpret numerical and demographic data
will serve you well in sleepwear, as it will in any purchasing position.
Your analyzing skills will be put to the test, as you will be responsible
for financial planning for the range in cooperation with the merchandising
and accounting teams.
You will be responsible for managing the projects and
accounts of your team members, from the buyers administrator(s) to your
junior buyers. The ability to not just deal with, but nurture, several
people with different skill levels, knowledge bases, and goals, within the
sleepwear purchasing team, is golden. You help them develop their careers.
ApparelSearch.com would like to share a few additional
thoughts on sleepwear that could be useful to the sleepwear buyer. The
sleepwear category is one that serves the entire family. While experience
specific to sleepwear is perfect for this position, background in apparel
for the entire family will add value to your contribution to your company.
Although quality is important in any product, it seems that it is especially
important in nightwear. These are items that are worn time and again.
Nightwear items are probably worn more often than any other item in any
other category besides briefs or hosiery, and they must be made to last.
They must also be comfortable, so attention must be paid closely to multiple
elements in the products you choose to provide for your clients, including
the fabric, construction, and embellishments. While many end consumers want
somewhat fashionable items (certain designers, licensed products), they
still expect all items in this product range to be conducive to sleeping.
If you want to wake up and think about pleasant dreams
all day, and have the experience in the industry, then a job as a sleepwear
buyer might be as close as opening your eyes.
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Welcome to the
sleepwear 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 sleepwear buyer.
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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
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