Fashion Industry Careers - Options (See individual threads for specific careers.)

Discussion in 'Careers, Education & the Business of Fashion' started by marrimoda, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. JATE

    JATE New Member

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    what channel can I find the fashion trance...is it a tv show or something? Fill me in!!!
     
  2. kimtch

    kimtch New Member

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    fashion trance, if we are talking about the same thing is a tv show, it basically just shows runway shows sometimes with little pop ups at the bottom about the designers etc set to different kind of music.....it is on the style network, and usually shown later on at night unless it's fashion week or something...
     
  3. tricotineacetat

    tricotineacetat Well-Known Member

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    I just wanted to give a brief insight in the job of a fashion buyer, since I´ve been doing exactly that for 2 years now, in fact from the F/W 2003 season onwards. Oh, and it possibly helps if I add that it´s the store of my mom in which I assist her in the buying and selling, since it´s a new business.

    I agree about Softgrey´s view that buying itself keeps you outside the "dangers" of the fashion industry since you are working on your own most of the time - it´s nice to come to Paris or Milan frequently and you´ll eventually make good contacts to people in the industry, mostly sales people or product managers, "minor" press people , sometimes designers if you are dealing with smaller companies. It all depends on the size or uniqueness of your concept, in my case, buying for a store in Germany selling cutting edge designers such as Viktor & Rolf, Proenza Schouler, Hamish Morrow, Y´s or Stephan Schneider (among others) means that you are getting much more attention as if you´d just buy "labels", such as D&G, hip jeans brands and Juicy - especially since there´s so few competition in Germany in our field. It´s especially easy if you are having an interesting story to tell about yourself, in our case, mother and son working together and me being of a pretty young age.

    Taking into account the difficult economic situation we are experiencing worldwide, it´s absolutely dangerous to simply stick to your own taste when it comes to buying - especially if you have a very elite point of view: Selling cutting edge designers demands a LOT of knowledge and understanding of the collections, you´ll also need a good base of customers that can afford the clothes you are selling and that can appreciate your labels - prepare to do a lot by yourself since you can give the best insight on your designers, you are actually selling more than just shallow garments, seeing yourself as a link between the designer and the customer is probably the best way to sum up the job.

    It helps a lot if you know how to socialise, I regularly go out for social events such as exhibition openings, theatre events and such. It definitely helps to broaden your customer base or strengthen the reputation of your shop. If you intend to sell avant garde, then you´ll likely have customers from the art, theatre or architecure-scene.

    Generally speaking, managing a store demands a lot of work in the beginning, more than some might guess. If you don´t take care well, you´ll easily see your favourite collection hanging in it´s entirety during the sales, we still have loads of stuff from the first seasons hanging in the storage from designers such as Hamish Morrow, Helmut Lang or others, and it´s definitely NOT a nice feeling when you remember how much you personally liked the pieces yourself. Also, if you experience a period of bad sales, you´ll imidiately blame yourself, even though it not be yor fault - sometimes you never know why people are not buying... and then, just when you think it can´t get any worse - customers are coming back to you. I´d say it´s almost like taking a ride on the rollercoaster, it´s always an abrupt up-and-down feeling, at least that´s how I experience the job.

    ...On the other hand, I can´t deny how good you can feel about selling your most beautiful pieces to your customer - especially when they feel the same about the pieces you bought back when you were in the showrooms. I have a lady that constantly comes back to me to whom I sell my best and most precious pieces every season - It´s just the best complement you can get if your customer leaves with a smile on his/her face and some expensive stuff in their shopping bag!
     
  4. secondly

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    Hey,

    I'll be going to New York in a few years and was wondering what the best way to go about finding an internship or a job as an assistant to somebody in the industry. Do you need any specific qualifications?
     
  5. i wear a tiara

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    wow ... i know this is from like forever back, but i was reading that article about the simply chic showroom and it made me sooo mad. i own a store and they are the most obnoxious showroom i have ever dealt with. there was not one person in that company that wasnt impossible to deal with. they were soo rude i seriously debated not carrying juicy anymore just so i wouldnt have to deal with them. fortunatley for me liz clairborne got juicy and they are just sooo much nicer. i actually had a lawsuit going with simply chic for awhile, but thats a whole other story.
     
  6. i wear a tiara

    i wear a tiara New Member

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    and after my previous little rant (sorry, i just got soo mad when i read that article) i just want to say that this is an awesome thread. its so exciting to hear all these stories about people who are soo passionate to be in the business. im starting out as well, and i think the only way to get anywhere is connections, for sure. you just have to network however you can, and take whatever work you can get, because youll learn from everything you do, and youll never know when you may run into someone who might need someone to do exactly what youve been looking to do. and ive def found that working in fashion is not nearly as fabulous and glamorous as i had expected. but i still love it sooo much.


    i wish everyone luck!
    and thank you everyone else for all the info.
     
  7. TriniFashionPho

    TriniFashionPho New Member

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    Fashion showroom

    Hello

    Does anyone here have their own fashion showroom? How did you go about setting it up? I am seriously contemplating setting up a showroom because I've always wanted to work for myself and always loved new designers and always wished of creating a home for them.

    I just wanted to know what are the ways in setting up shop. Do you like first set up your offices what not and then go seek designers or should you first go seek designers and see what you are working with and go from there?

    I think maybe I should do an internship to see how its supposed to go because I have a million and one questions :woot: and it'd be soo great if there is someone on this board that owns a showroom could maybe answer just a few of the questions I listed.
     
  8. Lena

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    hello Trini and welcome to tFS :flower:
    well yes, an internship would help, i think you should try and get through to new designers and then see if you have enough collections and open your showroom, you need very good PR and research with NYC boutiques, an internship will certainly help a lot
     
  9. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    tricotineacetat...
    that was a great insight into the world of fashion -buying...networking...and being self-employed...

    my experience as a stylist is also very much like riding a rollercoaster...
    big highs and deep lows...
    i think it is this way for anyone who is in business for themselves...
    it is very hard work which is sometimes very rewarding and sometimes very depressing and/or scary...

    anyone who doesn't like this way of life should only consider working for a larger corporation which can offer more stability...
    it really depends on the kindof person you are....

    *pay attention trini...this could also apply to you some day...:wink:

    secondly....
    you will need to be much more specific than just 'someone in the industry'...
    what kind of job are you thinking about?...
    the qualifications will obviously depend on that dear...:P

    ps...
    anyone want to hire me to be the fashion director of their magazine???...:lol:
    edgy/avant-garde publication preferable...:D...
    or perhaps creative consultant to a fashion label...:innocent:
     
  10. secondly

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    I should have known better. The truth is, I have no idea what I want to go into. I can't decide if I want to get into PR or maybe working alongside a stylist or photographer. I know you've mentioned having interns, so I was just wondering what most of their qualifications were. Highschool? BA? More specific degree? Etc.
     
  11. sandy2357

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    Tips for Beginners

    Hi. I'm new here. I am a freshman in high school right now, and i was wondering if any one can give me any tips about becoming a fashion designer. I love designing clothes, but, I guess you could say I'm a bit clueless on the whole business. So I was wondering if someone could give me the basics or some tips about the fashion industry. If you can it would be great. Thanks
     
  12. Lena

    Lena etre soi-meme

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    sandy, welcome to tFS
    i merged your topic here -where it belongs-.
    if you browse back this thread you will find all the 'basic tips' you need
     
  13. tricotineacetat

    tricotineacetat Well-Known Member

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    haha, softie, we´d be competitors then :wink: ... originally I wanted to go into design myself and I thought starting with this business part would be a good idea to pursue my aim - especially since you learn to know the rules of the "game". But you know, it is in fact a fulltime job that demands as much devotion as if you´d be designing clothes... I´ll see for how long I´ll stick to this business, I could also imagine working (and here it becomes pure fiction, haha!!) for the press if it´s not instyle or as a consultant for a label or another store "far away from my place"... ;D

    I actually remember some tFS members complaining that there´s no edgy/avant garde fashion publication in the US, especially since you have that kind of "surrounding" for it - great stores, art galleries and museums - at least I would have expected that there was something like a "fanzine", we have these kind of magazines in Germany which are mostly being sold in boutiques and museums.
     
  14. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    well....
    we have visionaire i guess...
    but it's very incestuous...and still commercially oriented...

    it's mostly a commercial market in america...
    even on the editorial side...
    it's a very competetive business...

    don't forget...
    there is a HUGE ammount of money at stake here...
    the american market means big money...
    and it's VERY competetive...lots of magazines...
    so there are few companies are going to take many risks for the sake of creativity, etc...

    i think the smaller markets have less at stake and so can afford to experiment and push the envelope a bit more...
    at least that has been my experience...
     
  15. ghettofabuleux

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    How does one become a booker or agent?

    I am curious how one becomes a model booker or agent. What does one need to be hired by an agency? Do these jobs pay well?
     
  16. Ingunn

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    makes us two
     
  17. Hanne

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    Hi ghettofabuleux, Your question really belongs in the Fashion Industry Careers thread.

    http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2680

    If you pm'ed Lena, Softgrey or helena who are the moderators for Designers & Collections I'm sure they would help you move your question to the appropriate thread :flower:
     
  18. TriniFashionPho

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    Question-

    Normally at a fashion showroom, when a designer is being represented, what percentage commision, in general, does the showroom receive?
     
  19. Papercut Crisis

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    Sounds as if school is rather un-important as far as an employer would be concerned (in the design field). Skill, knowledge of that employers style and contacts seem to be more important. So wouldnt I be better off spending one year at Istituto Marangoni that Spending three? Its exspensive and like you all said, so what if I have a degree. Thats my plan. Hopefully if Im lucky being in Milan I will make a few contacts and end up with something like Diesel or Miss Sixty as a first job...
     
  20. Ingunn

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    is there some kind of list of the jobs you can have in fashion, because I really want to work with fashion, but I'm not sure as what.. Maybe I can find one I am really drawn to or something.. I really wanted to be a designer for so long, but there is too much of a risk, only a very few become famous or makes some money on it.. I don't want to stay poor :smile:

    and by the way, as I was wondering what I wanted to become, Friends was on TV, so I saw this job Rachel "has".. what is that?
     

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