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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PostDan Hasby-Oliver: Trends Analyst

 

We caught up with our trends analyst, Dan Hasby-Oliver, for his take on our new collections and what it’s like to assess the fashion landscape for a living.

As part of the Clarks creative team I predict and analyse footwear, fashion, social and digital trends to inform and influence product creation.

Before Clarks I studied fashion journalism. I then worked as a fashion and lifestyle journalist alongside working in sales and PR at a renowned British fashion label and running club events in London. Somehow I got roped into teaching English in a college along the way too, so quite a mix!

My favourite thing about my job is the travel; individually and as a creative team, travelling to various cities and trade-shows for research and inspiration is key for a healthy creative process and fresh, product information.

I’d describe my style as British vs Americana heritage. I wear quite a lot of denim, knits and checks but then I also love the monochrome, Scandi and sports luxe trends. My favourite place to shop in the world is Selfridges.  Every city in the world should have one.

Clarks has made a very identifiable leap from comfort casuals to stylish shoes you can wear all day, every day. No longer does Clarks mean just ‘safe’ shoes and children’s shoes, they are designed for people who want to make a style statement and who prioritise quality and craft.

For SS15 I’m really looking forward to seeing my influences come through in our products – from sports-inspired cup soles to on-trend colours that were identified and developed about 18 months ago!

Dan is wearing Monmart Limit / Frelan Rise / Norton Rise  

For more on style from Dan – take a look at his world renowned blog here

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