It’s challenging. It’s engaging. It’s exciting. And most importantly, it’s looking for you.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” You’ve certainly heard it before. People are always talking about how exciting it will be once school is over and you’re free to join the real world, but what does that really mean? Anyone who has already gone there will tell you that finding a direction, a passion, or even a steady job can be challenging. But before you panic, just remember the first step to finding your confidence is to simply identify what you enjoy doing, what you are good at, and what opportunities you have to maximize those skills. If you’re anything like the folks at GILT, you probably appreciate quality fashion, emerging trends, and the challenge of finding ways to create, brand, and market clothing for a discerning customer base. Who said fashion and business can’t go hand in hand? At GILT, they not only work together but they are, in fact, the two main components of a job known as fashion merchandising. It’s a real profession and it might just be perfect for you.
One of the best things about fashion merchandising is that it’s never dull. The word boring just doesn’t exist in the GILT world. What could be more exciting than working with fresh clothing brands and dreaming up new ways to share them with like-minded people? Not only do you stay busy with a variety of different responsibilities, but you are always learning new things, expanding your abilities, and tapping into your creative side. It is truly the fusion of imagination and sales. Can you make something beautiful and market it to others? Now, before you question whether you have the creativity or the knowledge to accomplish this, wait. What’s most important to remember is that all of the skills needed to be a successful fashion merchandiser can be gathering and developed through experience. Everyone who worked at GILT started somewhere, working in smaller fashion companies, taking training courses on marketing, even selling clothes on the floor directly to customers.
Even though fashion feels like an exclusive industry, it’s one that offers a great deal of opportunity for interested people, like you, to get a foot in the door and advance quickly. If you are willing to work hard and stay focused on learning the business, the world of fashion is there for the taking. Sounds great, but what does a fashion merchandiser do all day?
A job in fashion not only requires a love of clothes but also a love of people. You will be working closely a wide variety of individuals who also dream of bringing fresh ideas to life. Discussing upcoming projects, sharing design ideas, communicating about next steps, or simply swapping opinions, this role offers a tremendous amount interpersonal experience.
Fashion does not happen in a vacuum–it takes a community of creative, innovative, and energetic people to bring it to life. If you enjoy being part of a team, offering your personal best, and sharing ideas and insights with those around you, it could be an ideal fit.
Not only do fashion merchandisers cooperate with their internal team, but they have the opportunity to venture out of the office and meet with real fashion houses to discuss branding and partnership. Working closely with industry labels to develop collaborative ideas and explore new conceptual directions is not only exciting, but it is the heart of what makes fashion happen. Without visionary, original people coming together under a shared passion, there would be no such thing as a trend.
Probably one of the most delightful aspects of the job is the level of creativity it brings. So many roles in the business world are consumed solely by numbers and graphs, but the role of a fashion merchandiser offers the unique chance to be imaginative and even artistic. Let’s face it, clothes in the fashion world are not just clothes, they are indicative of a lifestyle, a feeling, a desire; they are central to a person’s identity and demand an eye for aesthetics and a creative flair.
These days, the world of fashion is vast and varied, demanding brick and mortar as well as online sales. A merchandising position at GILT offers first-hand experience in eCommerce and online marketing while still offering the glamour of a role in fashion. This unique relationship is the blending of an old world industry with that of the emerging technology. It’s challenging. It’s engaging. It’s exciting. And most importantly, it’s looking for you.