Buyers in search of trendiest clothes and accessories from around the world, both strong fashion sense and strong body are required
Many people’s dream job is to become a fashion buyer, whose life is enviable by almost any standard, as their job will involve going shopping and traveling around the world. However, shopping for yourself and buying merchandise for the company are two different things. In the former case, you only need to meet your personal demands, while in the latter, you have to buy the merchandise the company needs within a short time. Hence, a fashion buyer should have a strong fashion sense as well as a strong body.
Before embarking on the buying trip, most fashion buyers have learned the fashion trends in their travel destinations and plotted their itineraries in order to buy the highest quantity of the best-suited merchandise within a limited time. Upon arrival, they might need to tour around a dozen of shopping malls within a day due to their tight schedule. After returning to the hotel, they will have to work on the mixing and matching of clothes and accessories as well as the pricing. Those with less physical vigor might not be able to make it.
The job natures of a merchandiser and a fashion buyer are quite similar, but what are the differences between them? A merchandiser has more responsibilities, such as making decisions on the materials and the management of production; while a buyer just needs to pick the finished products and bulk buy them. A buyer is more concerned about consumer demands. Yet, this doesn’t make their job easier. As said before, a buyer should have a strong body, as there are cases where buyers have to buy and carry 30-40kg of merchandise back to Hong Kong.
And above all, they should have a keen sense of fashion trends to pick up merchandise that will please the customers and make them look good and stylish. That’s what a buyer takes pride in.Interested in this industry?