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Fashion Careers: A Day in the Life of a Fashion Buyer

By Guest Writer

Updated November 4, 2015 Updated November 4, 2015

Guest post: Continental Textiles

What’s not to love about fashion careers, right? You get to attend glamorous fashion shows, travel the world and use your fashion know-how to pick out gorgeous outfits? But the day-to-day life of a fashion professional can’t really be as amazing as it sounds, can it? Amy Botham, fashion buyer at Continental Textiles, UK, gives an insider’s view of what it’s really like working in fashion

8.30am: I normally arrive at work around this time, and start going through my emails from both customers and suppliers. These can be anything from discussions about orders placed already or about potential orders from customers.

I’ll then spend the next couple of hours emailing suppliers in other countries. I have to make sure I do this early to cater for the time difference in some countries. If I send emails out at the start of the day it means I can get replies the same day. 

11am: Now I’ll start preparing any parcels that are going out to suppliers. These are usually things like lab dips/color or samples we would like to develop. We’ll also send out any customer parcels with pre-production or production samples for approval. 

12am: At midday I run through all of the new range details ready for the selection meeting in the afternoon. I’ll check all prices, colors, reference numbers and styles and make sure we have all the correct information.

If there’s anything missing I contact the factories in question.  I’ll also update any final price negotiations and color changes.

1pm: Lunchtime! During lunch I’ll set up all the samples on the rail ready for the selection meeting.

2pm: The selection meeting normally lasts about two hours. We discuss what has pre-sold, what quantities we would like to buy, in what colors and at what price. We make a selection which then goes forward as the new season range. 

Once selected each item has to be labeled and set up on the system. Then I have to book a photo shoot to get a perfect snap of the garments. Right now we’re working on the spring/summer 2014 collection. 

4pm: Once the meeting has finished I put together a spread sheet for each supplier detailing all quantities we would like to purchase. I’ll also negotiate any final prices and then place contracts.  

At the end of my day I’ll check my emails again and go through any supplier or customer correspondence.

And then it’s home time. This is an average day when I’m at work in Manchester, but my job involves a lot of travel as well, so it’s very varied. I never get bored!

Amy is a fashion buyer at Continental Textiles in Manchester, UK. She completed her fashion buying degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, her favorite fashion designer is Christian Louboutin and her fashion guilty pleasure is a hooded jumper. 

This article was originally published in October 2013 . It was last updated in November 2015

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