Advice from Henrietta Griffiths, Consultant, buying and merchandising at Fashion & Retail Personnel.
The role of the buyer within a designer hire website is pivotal for the success of the business. They are responsible for building relationships with the brands and designer labels to ensure they understand and buy into the concept of the designer hire business. They are the ones who will provide a commercial range for the customer.
As a buyer for a designer hire site you need to have established yourself within the fashion industry, but your background doesn’t have to follow the typical buying route. You must be very analytical and have a good eye for trends. You will have worked as a buyer, either with branded product at a multi-brand retailer, or from a selection role within a single brand.
You will need to have strong negotiation skills and a little black book full of industry contacts. You must be ready to get involved with all aspects of the business, from the financials to the creative look and the back-end of the website.
Although it involves hard work and the hours can be long, this can be an immensely rewarding job. If you’re working for a start-up you could even have the chance to have equity in the business and be a part of something really special.
Salaries range from £50,000 to £70,000.