PRODUCT LINE MERCHANDISER, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, DESIGNER
Creative fashion professional with experience showcasing a variety of fashion looks for garment designers, buyers, sales personnel and customers. Results-oriented fashion industry professional skilled at leading teams and revitalizing and launching products. Competitive fashion professional who values innovative fashion without compromising the ultimate goal of increasing retail revenue. [Job Title] skilled at developing detailed spec packets and technical packages with measurements, sewing construction and illustrations. Experienced Buyer who purchases highly compelling, quality, branded goods that represent value and inspiration to customers. Designer who provides innovative fabric, trend and theme inspiration and direction for leading design corporations.
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Brand development and management
Exceptional attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal skills
[Number] years in purchasing
Superb eye for style
Product Line Merchandiser, Product Development, Designer, 03/2013 to Current Sun Precautions, Inc. – 3809 9th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Steamed and ironed fashion items in preparation for professional photo shoots.
Marked finished patterns with garment size, section and style information.
Examined sketches, sample articles and design specifications to ascertain number, shape and size of pattern parts.
Negotiated with vendors on availability, product specs, distribution, delivery deadlines and price.
Achieved costing and aesthetic goals for the seasonal fabric palette.
Suggested style changes to the creative team.
Suggested merchandising and flow strategies based on current data, trends and forecasts.
Organized all samples according to daily shooting schedule.
Attended and participated in extensive rehearsals for the fashion show.
Positioned and pinned pattern sections onto model form.
Discussed style lines, details and revisions with designer.
Developed seasonal and brand style guides to promote [Company Name].
Led the aesthetic creation of new fashion products.
Determined financial goals and in-season projections.
Managed vendor performance to maximize profitability and achieve financial objectives.
Coordinated the design process for multiple brands from concept sketches through final adoption.
Created innovative design tools and strategies for presenting merchandise.
Worked with technical design and product management to ensure design packages were accurate and complete.
Supervised the design staff through product creation and release.
Developed seasonal merchandise assortment to improve category depth and breadth.
Negotiated strategies relative to product costs, terms and return issues.
Offered valuable feedback on model selection, fit and effectiveness on set.
Followed up with vendors and distribution centers to track ad preparation and sales results.
Managed pricing decisions to achieve competitive position.
Negotiated product prices with vendors.
Assessed merchandise mix to continually broaden and improve assortments.
Trained assistant buyers to help achieve established development goals.
Developed partnerships with internal groups such as packaging, visual and e-commerce.
Traveled to store locations to review product mix, obtain feedback and share information.
Shopped the competition regularly to identify value offerings.
Accessorized all clothing for photo shoots according to brand-specific guidelines.
Coordinated set design, propping and decoration in conjunction with photo art directors.
Properly accessorized samples.
Computed dimensions of patterns according to size and stretch of material.
Clearly communicated design revisions to all members of the fashion team.
Account Executive, 07/2012 to 03/2013 Datasphere – Bellevue, WA
Handled [Number] client companies and brought in [Number] new accounts in [Time period].
Met with an average of [Number] clients per week consistently, resulting in a [Number]% client retention rate.
Increased sales volume by adding [Number] accounts in the [Area name] territory.
Contacted [Number] of new and existing customers per [Time period] to discuss new products and services.
Negotiated prices, terms of sale and service agreements.
Wrote sales contracts for orders obtained and submitted orders for processing.
Attended monthly sales meetings and quarterly sales trainings.
Prospected and conducted face-to-face sales calls with business executives and directors throughout assigned territory.
Retail Intern, Salesperson, 05/2011 to 06/2012 Nordstrom – Bellevue, WA
Operated a cash register for cash, check and credit card transactions with [Number]% accuracy.
Stocked and replenished merchandise according to store merchandising layouts.
Priced merchandise, stocked shelves and took inventory of supplies.
Cleaned and organized the store, including the checkout desk and displays.
Alerted customers to upcoming sales events and promotions.
Completed all point of sale opening and closing procedures, including counting the contents of the cash register.
Handled all customer relations issues in a gracious manner and in accordance with company policies.
Educated customers about the brand to incite excitement about the company's mission and values.
Followed up with over [Number] customers each week to verify that they were satisfied with purchases.
Shared best practices for sales and customer service with other team members to help improve the store's efficiency.
Used time efficiently when not serving customers, including folding clothes and cleaning out fitting rooms.
Organized store merchandise racks by size, style and color.
Led merchandise selection, pricing, planning and marketing.
Ran markdown reports, managed store replenishment and analyzed buying reports.
Created visual marketing and styled window displays.
Assembled promotional displays, including quarter and full-size point of purchase displays.
Conferred with store managers to obtain information about customer needs and preferences.
Bachelor of Science: Apparel Merchandising Design and Textiles, 2011 Washington State University - Pullman, WA