Dedicated Visual Merchandising Manager in the fashion industry with creative problem solving abilities and a keen attention to detail. Passionate about creating compelling brand statements that positively impact the business. Extensive expertise in both creating corporate directives and hands-on visual merchandising in the field. Strong leadership and talent development skills, honed by many years in retail management.
Strong fashion and styling sensibility
Excellent time management, multi-tasking, and organizational skills
Experience managing projects from concept to completion
Proven visual merchandising experience at corporate level
Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office proficient
SAM EDELMANNovember 2015 to March 2016District Visual Merchandising Manager New York, NY
Established and built Visual Merchandising department for East Coast district of rapidly growing retail division.
Spearheaded visual strategy during the opening of new retail locations; 5 successfully opened within 4 months.
Created and executed interior merchandising and window display directives for regional distribution to stores.
Collaborated with West Coast counterpart to align brand identity across districts.
Partnered with buying, allocation, operations, and ecommerce to ensure seamless message across all stores.
RALPH LAURENFebruary 2013 to June 2015Regional Product Presentation Manager Chicago, IL
Oversaw visual merchandising and Ralph Lauren brand presentation standards of multi-store Midwest region, based primarily in $18M Chicago flagship location.
Partnered with in-store management team in weekly walkthroughs and meetings to analyze reports and develop strategies to drive business.
Trained staff in corporate merchandising directives, product flow, and effective replenishment strategies, helping to reach store\'s highest annual sales to date.
Built strong relationships with corporate merchant teams to recognize product opportunities and establish appropriate product assortments.
RALPH LAUREN RUGBYMay 2012 to February 2013Regional Product Presentation Manager New York, NY
Created and distributed seasonal and event merchandising directives to all 13 Rugby brand stores.
Communicated and partnered with merchant and planning teams to identify product opportunities for each individual market.
Reviewed daily and weekly reports to offer creative ways of maintaining brand aesthetic while also driving business.
Partnered with in-store management to train staff and implement corporate directives.
September 2011 to May 2012Merchandise and Operations Manager New York, NY
Oversaw all operational tasks of two Rugby brand stores including alterations, shipping and receiving, back of house organization, and product flow.
Played crucial role in opening of two Bleecker Street boutiques by overseeing all product management and back of house SOP, resulting in 52% above sales plan for year.
Partnered with creative, product presentation, and buying departments to ensure appropriate product assortment and brand presentation standards.
Organized store\'s first physical end of year inventory, meeting yearly shrink goal.
August 2008 to September 2011Assistant Manager New Canaan, CT
Developed staff by observing selling skills and giving feedback in the moment at two Rugby brand locations.
Partnered with visual team to merchandise product on sales floor and assist with window and interior rigging.
Created product and textile training module to help sales associates utilize working knowledge of company history and materials while selling.
VH1June 2007 to August 2007Wardrobe Intern New York, NY
Assisted in wardrobe styling of on-air talent for VH1 programs, Best Week Ever and Top 20 Countdown.
Organized fashion materials and correspondence within department.
Collaborated with fashion stylist and assisted at market appointments to pull from vendors for programs.
Assisted with styling guest segment on The Today Show featuring InStyle Magazine.
RALPH LAURENNovember 2003 to January 2007Sales Professional New Canaan, CT
University of Delaware2008Bachelor of Science: Fashion MerchandisingNewark, Delaware, USAThe Paris American Academy, Fashion Merchandising Study Abroad
University of Delaware Panel of Outstanding Interns