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How to be a Studio manager for an own-label womenswear etailer

Advice from Natalie Wills, Consultant at Bloom Retail

To be a studio manager for an online womenswear boutique, you need to be a real all-rounder. Relevant experience in the wholesale and creative industries, along with the right personality for the brand’s culture – as you will act as an ambassador for the business – is essential.

The best candidates for the role will have a design degree, ideally from the London College of Fashion or similar institutions. Previous employment as an assistant in a creative team would provide the ultimate experience base to help you to step into this position.

To be successful in this role, communication and organisation are the key skills that you will need. You will be the sole contact for the whole of the creative team and should have a thorough understanding of what each role in the team entails so the whole studio can operate efficiently.

The ability to manage deadlines, work flexibly and adapt to changing environments is imperative. A creative eye and a passion for fashion, along with being able to name inspirational designers that influence your personal style and way of working are also vital.

Entry-level salaries start at around £17,000 and can climb to £50,000 depending on the role.

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