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Fashion Merchandising Management

As we get one step closer to the consumer, let’s focus on fashion merchandising management – a broad category that includes buying, allocations, planning, product development, sales managers, account executives, retail management, and marketing roles. Professionals in these roles work for the fiber and textile companies as well as apparel producers to merchandise and market the products to the ultimate consumer.

Developing a merchandising and/or marketing plan falls on your shoulders as you consider merchandise positioning, brand imagery, targeting, and segmentation of a product. The ability to choose and merchandise a product, pinpoint a target audience, develop marketing tests, and analyze results will determine the success of the business. Industry specific computer technology will be used to extract and analyze data for future planning and allocation and to manage inventory levels and sales.

If you love math (or you don’t mind it), successful reporting requires the ability to calculate, interpret, and respond to financial planning and control reports of the merchandising and store operational teams. Reports include sales analyses, maintained markup reports, gross margin, seasonal plans, and additional data as required by the company.

You will make decisions involving inventory models, inventory replenishment, and seasonal and long-term merchandising strategies. Merchandise assortment planning also falls under the merchandising umbrella. Essentially, the fate of a collection post-production is in your hands.

Furthermore, retail’s ongoing move towards an omni-channel approach offers additional opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career in this field. Omni-channel retailing is rapidly gaining momentum in the industry as consumers gain control of the shopping experience and demand to shop whenever and wherever they choose. Digital and mobile opportunities will continue to expand creating additional opportunities for those who are more technologically inclined.

Fashion merchandising management offers a range of career paths depending on the segment that interests you. The finished product is in your hands and making it desirable to your target customer is your highest priority. From buying to product development, the opportunities are endless. For the sales-oriented, account executive and retail management roles may appeal to your selling abilities. The merchandising and marketing professionals ensure the product is presented to consumers as intended by the company’s standards. Regardless of the role that you choose to specialize in, you will have a direct impact on the overall business.

By: Malicia Basdeo, New York City, @maliciaism

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Account Executive/Sales Representative at The Finchley Group/Hershy Weinberg Sales | Toronto - Full-Time
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Senior Fabric Developer at Lululemon | Vancouver - Full-Time

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Layered jewelry is still hot this season, and more and more jewelry designers are making achieving this look super simple. If you prefer more delicate styles, try layering a family heirloom necklace in your jewelry box with a longer more modern piece to achieve minimalist style. If you prefer lots of glitz and glam, than two statement necklaces are better than one, and feel free to fill your forearm with bling. Happy layering!

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Style Inspiration – Dainty Layering, Image Courtesy of Jolie Jouel

Stella & Dot Fine Line Pendant, $64

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Style Inspiration – Amelia Eichholz Of Colour Bloc, image courtesy of Glitter Guide
Forever 21 Over the Top Bangle Set, $12.80

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Style Inspiration – Black and White Stripes, image courtesy of Cush & Nooks
DANNIJO Gavina II, $595

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Style Inspiration – So Haute, image courtesy of Gold & Gray

J.Crew Alloy Bracelet, $88 USD

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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                                    Style Nine to Five - fashion jobs canada  Christie Lohr, New York Fashion Jobs Site Founder, Style Nine to Five

Job hunting is a tedious process that can be downright frustrating at times. In a world where time is money, I’m sure that many of us have been tempted to hit the “apply” button without attaching an individualized cover letter to go with our resume/CV, especially if it is not a listed application requirement. I mean, our work experience and qualifications is what employers actually look at right? Well, Christie would beg to differ. Having worked in recruitment herself, and still currently pre-screening applicant profiles for Style Nine to Five, Christie’s definitely the authority in what recruiters look for in job applications.

Christie: “One of the biggest mistakes that a job applicant can make is NOT writing up an individualized cover letter to accompany their resume/CV. Even if the application details do not specify for a cover letter attachment, trust me, recruiters definitely look for them. From my personal recruitment experience, receiving hundreds of applications to a single position is not uncommon. Imagine, within those 100 applications, there will be at least one individual who appears to be more qualified than you. Based on resumes alone, many candidates would simply be disregarded or even forgotten due to the amount of duplicity that occurs in qualifications. A cover letter is then, the best way to stand out amongst the sea of candidates. It’s your way to make an impression on the recruiter and to communicate skills that are not present on your resume. Such skills include knowledge of the company and position, writing ability, and even a bit of your personality. Employers DO appreciate the time that a candidate takes to actually write up a personalized cover letter. How else are they to distinguish amongst the candidates who truly want to work for their company versus those that mass apply to any job opening? Personally, I would only consider candidates who include a cover letter, simply because it shows me that they care enough about the application to personalize it.  A rule of thumb that I would suggest job seekers keep in mind when writing cover letters is to mention the name of the company three times throughout the cover letter: in the intro, the body, and the conclusion. This shows the recruiter your interest in the company in a subtle, but noticeable manner. As a recruiter, we want to know why you want to work for us and not anyone else!”

For more fashion career advice, check out our previous Career Chats with Christie Lohr and search #SNTFCareerChat on Twitter.

By: Anna Zhao

Photo by: Laura McIntosh

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                                                   Style Nine to Five - fashion jobs OFFICE READY HANDBAGS

When it comes to a handbag for the office, you want something that exudes professionalism. Now that may sound like a tall order, but it’s actually surprisingly easy to find. Primarily what you want to look for is a bag with great structure.  Just like a structured dress or blazer, a structured handbag has an air of sophistication that will always be in style for the office.

A great handbag can really amp up an office look; think of pairing your everyday white blouse & black trousers look with a professionally bold cobalt bag, or that little white dress with a structured bright floral handbag – it’s an easy way to take an office look from plain Jane to bright Betty.

1. Tory Burch ‘Emmy’ Crossbody Tote, $295, available at Nordstorm

2. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote with Gold Tone Hardware, $295, available at SHOPBOP

3. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Tate Shopper, $107–178.00, available at Zappos

4. Dooney & Bourke ‘Chelsea – Dillen II Collection’ Leather Tote, $298.00, available at Nordstorm

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large North/South Tote, $348.00, available at Zappos

6. Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote Bag, $195.00, available at Neiman Marcus

7. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Jet Set – Medium’ Chain Shoulder Tote, $198.00, available at Nordstorm

8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Saffiano Top Zip Tote, $248.00, available at Zappos 

9. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Medium Satchel, $298.00, available at Macy’s

By: Bree Aylwin, writer of The Urban Umbrella | @urbanumbrella29

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