PostJobs in fashion: Buying

Jobs in fashion

As part of our series on working in the fashion industry we catch up with Men’s Buyer, Fee Pearce, to find out a little more about working in buying…

SHOP – Clarks Originals Trigenics

SHOP – Women’s Originals

How I got here…

I’ve always been creative, but to begin with my interests were in Fashion Journalism. I studied Fashion Management and then took an internship at WGSN, but found myself drawn to Buying after learning more about what it involves. I got a job in London working for an outdoor clothing company as an assistant on their Buying team and soaked up everything I could. I’ve always wanted to work for a global brand so Clarks was a natural next step for me.

My advice for breaking in to fashion…

Accept the fact it’s going to be competitive so make sure you stand out from the crowd – be passionate, deliver your best at all times (even if it’s making your boss an awesome cup of tea) and always arrive early!

Worst advice I ever got…

A difficult manager once told me I shouldn’t make any mistakes, which is ridiculous. Making mistakes is sometimes one of the best ways to learn, and as long as you’re not doing it all the time, also one of the best ways to identify how to improve a process or challenge the status quo.

Unexpected challenges…

The weather! Recently our seasons in the UK have been particularly unpredictable. As a Buyer it’s my job to know what the consumer is going to want from us a year from now, but in the last couple of years the weather has meant it’s been hard for us to plan for transitional points in the season. I’ve found myself asking our designers for boots in spring and canvas in autumn!

My go-to look…

Everything in my wardrobe is black at the moment! It’s easy chic. I’m a bit of a tomboy so I’m really into man-tailoring and simple sports inspired aesthetics to set off an outfit – mesh, square-cut tops and a silver chain.

What I’m wearing now….

My Trigenics look great with almost everything. I love the deconstructed sole. I always turn up my jeans when I wear them to make sure they get the attention they deserve!

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