Fashion buyers choose what we buy before we get to buy it. They do this by previewing collections from designers and selecting the clothing that will be sold in specific retail stores. They are analyzers, organizers and connectors that possess a keen sense for market trends and strong analytical skills.
Buyers need to be business-minded and decisive, and have strong negotiation and retail math skills. They love to communicate ideas and are sales-oriented but are also active listeners that put clients first. They are on top of trends and can make decisions that will effectively appeal to a wide range of customers. Their clothing picks can influence our own fashion choices.
Fashion buyers usually need a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising plus two to five years of related merchandising experience, with the vast majority of positions located in the apparel hubs of New York and Los Angeles. Jobs for this role are expected to decline -6% by 2028.