What’s your role at Skinnydip?
Did you go to uni? Where & what did you study?
I studied History at Sussex University which included a year abroad studying at Roosevelt University in Chicago, USA. After that I did a Fashion Buying and Merchandising course at London College of Fashion when I decided this was the industry I wanted to work in.
What made you want to go into Buying?
I have always loved spotting trends and discovering new products and brands, and knew I wanted to do something that was creative and product focussed. I am also a people person so knew I would be suited to a career where I am constantly meeting new people, building relationships, and negotiating deals.
My family joke that I go shopping for a living which is true in some ways, but there’s a lot more to it than that!
What’s your favourite part of working at Skinnydip?
My job has a lot of variety which I love – beauty, tech, fashion, homeware – I buy it all! Added bonus is the lovely people and the fact that there is always something fun happening (pizza parties, Friday wine time, book club, office dogs & coaster decorating to name few!)
Describe a day in the life of a Brands Buyer?
Everyday is different but generally it’s a mix of;
Teams calls with brands
Trend and new product research
Reaching out to new brands (through phone, LinkedIn, email, Insta - any way you can find a contact!)
Meetings with Merch to review plans, quantities, OTB etc.
Showroom visits to select the range and see products up close.
Meetings with marketing team to plan brands social and digital marketing pushes
Even more emails.
What are your current Skinnydip obsessions?
Our camera lens covers – we have so many colours, glittery ones, glow in the dark ones, they look so cute and protect your camera lens which is vital when you’re as clumsy as I am!
Also Glow Hub Skincare, the scar slayer serum is unreal!
What are your top tips for someone wanting to become a Buyer?
Never stop asking questions there’s always more to learn, and don’t be afraid to give your opinion especially if it is different to someone else’s.