Love Fashion? Get a Career As a Fashion Buyer!

If you truly love fashion and have a strong desire to become a fashion buyer, then you will need to know a few things about just what they are responsible for doing. Although this sounds like a fashion lover’s dream, it can involve more than you think. Essentially, being a fashion buyer means being responsible for choosing all the various clothing items that will be sold in a certain store. You will also be responsible for communicating with suppliers to ensure that all transactions go as smoothly as possible. It takes a very keen sense of fashion to do this job well, and you will also need to have a head for doing business.

You will find that most people who become fashion buyers start off in retail. There they develop the skills needed to be a fashion buyer and recognize which products are the best for a specific store department. A lot of the time you will also find that people work their way up from being associate fashion buyers, someone who is in charge of just one department, to a full-on buyer in charge of an entire store. Although retail experience is of great help and even considered to be necessary for a job like this, a college degree of some sort helps immensely.

If you truly want to become a buyer, then the best thing that you can do is to get hired in at a retail clothing store, where you can gain plenty of experience and get to where you need to be to land the job of your dreams as a fashion buyer. That kind of experience will give you some of the tools you will need in order to do this job well. Remember also that education is a very critical aspect of getting a fashion buyer job as well. If you are currently going to school or have been thinking about it, you might want to aim for a bachelors in business, fashion merchandising, or marketing.

As a buyer in this industry you will be responsible for increasing the company’s profits by selecting the right combination of clothes for them to carry in each department of the store. The clothes that you choose for a certain store will essentially become the trademark of that store. Your goal will be to improve the company’s earnings and project the best overall image by knowing which clothes to buy. It requires an encyclopedic knowledge of modern fashion as well as knowing which specific articles of clothing to pick out. It is a skill that you will develop over time, but if you are truly committed to becoming a fashion buyer, you have to make sure to receive the proper education and job experience/training.

Fashion Buying

Fashion buyers forecast industry trends and transform them into effective business proposals. Careers in fashion buying are extremely popular and challenging.

As a fashion buyer, you need to know what trends sold in the past and what is likely to be popular in the future. It is advisable to keep yourself updated on the changes in trends. You need to have a thorough knowledge of what’s been happening with the fashion changes in the past as this will help you decide what’s needed in the future. In fact fashion buyers must work months in advance, so that the goods are ready when the season starts. It helps to have a formal degree in fashion buying. You can also opt for an internship with the major stores and established companies to gain sufficient experience.

Attend fashion shows and keep yourself updated on all the latest aspects of fashion. Make a meticulous research on the quick selling styles, fads and other trends in the past and the present. Also, be original, inventive, organized and be primed to take risks. Work on your communication and interpersonal skills, as you might have to take bold decisions.

A fashion buyer gets to know about the newest and hot trends before anybody else does. You get the privilege of setting trends and predict what the next hot thing will be. You get to travel globally and meet interesting people. You also get to order interesting items from the major fashion capitals of the world. On the whole fashion buying is a very thrilling career, after all very few get the opportunity to formulate and set trends.

Nature’s Bible – The Anti Guru Guru

There’s even a quote in the bible, “as above, so below” and I think it refers to the waistline.

If there was ever a signpost to our spiritual, mental, social, career, family, financial and personal connection to something greater than ourselves, it is the health of our body.

Now, we need to make a very clear distinction. It’s not how our body looks that determines the connection, how big your boobs are, or how small you waist line or how many ripped muscles gint off the moonlight. No, that’s EGO.

Your body is nature’s bible and if you want to hear God, Allah, Buddha, Shiva, Spirit talk, listen to your body.

Got a sore knee? Is that really just a sore medial ligament or are you being stubborn in life?

Got migraine? Is that bad luck or is this blocked inspiration… blocking intuition?

Got the Flu? Is that a virus, need an anti biotic or is your body evolving… adapting… something to embrace rather than conquer?

Got Cancer? Been lying to yourself about something. Deep fear or guilt inside that you’ve thought you’ve dealt with but not?

Got Neck Pain? Judging something or someone but thought they’d never know it?

Listening

In the late 90’s, my colleague an I, (he’s one of the world’s leading Chiropractors and Cranial Behavioural Therapists) created a list of bio feedback signals that turned body awareness into a whole new science.

We listed ailments from constipation right thr0ugh to acne and hair loss and provided our understanding of the feedback we all could translate from those signals. Our body became “our guide” – No need for Holy Books, buildings or Preachers… Your body is the Guru. The Anti Guru Guru.

The Controversy

We shared the book with many communities, including indigenous communities. The stuff hit the fan almost immediately. Power groups including organised religions felt their grip on their “brand” of God slipping and argued against the idea claiming that “if you’re sick, God’s will” or “Your Fault.”

In one far North Canadian community where I’d been doing amazing work with youth and people at risk, my assistant and I got chased out of town by a bunch of radicals. Shot guns and all.. yahooo

The challenge is not so in the physical symptoms but the psychological mental health related bio-feedback.

Take the following examples:

Depression – the body saying change direction, change expectations.

Schizophrenia – split parenting, unchanged.

Bipolar – Two parents who did not collude on what behaviour would earn a child, acceptance.

ADHD – Comes as a result of single pointed focus on one thing, excluding all others, greed.

Alseimers – Regret

Parkinsons – Shame

Obesity – Rejection (self and other)

Multiple Sclerosis – No Self Respect

Tourette – Lacking Trust

And this list went on… controversial on one hand because it places some “responsibility back on the patient” for healing… it also implies a non medical, no psychological intervention in healing. A factor that, for the mainstream was threatening, unscientific and an open door to plagiarism and new age crap.

They were right.

Armed with our science, clients started to “give advice” based on their minimal knowledge – some even set up shop and offered to heal people.

We withdrew the list. Some people made money on the back of it, Like “intuitive healers” and books like “Heal Your Body” flipped the insight upside down. Suggesting the mind can heal the body, but really it’s the opposite, the body can heal the mind.

Insight

If LOVE is the way we connect to the higher forces of creation, whether this be Nature, the Universe, God, Allah or Whatever it’s label, then those things in our own mind that oppose LOVE must, in essence be the places we need to go explore.

It is easy to sit in a Church or Cave and feel all convinced of the Love that comes to bring health to life but, what exists in our mind as we walk just 100 meters from that place of worship, that is what determines our wellness, our connection. And so, it’s the body that sends us insight as to where we’ve blocked the love, for self, other, work, creator or blade of grass.

Saving whales is not love but can be. Having sex is not love, but can be. Work is not love but can be. There are so many avenues for our body to speak, and guide us to where our mind needs healing.

Some Real World Examples:

Marie came to me with her mum. Marie was 17, bone thin, anorexic, depressed and heavily medicated. Her mother was a sophisticated, educated woman, well dressed, elegant and highly intuitive. Since the age of 12 Marie had suffered illness after illness. Her body was wasting. She’d been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, mental health issues, depression, anorexia and more… this was not a good situation, and as always, I was a last ditch effort after all the mainstream had exhausted their options.

When the body goes into withdrawal, it’s a signpost to a mind that’s blocking love. The only question is what judgement has been implanted in that mind, and become stuck. And the amazing thing is, that this judgement is so easily changed, and healed, once it’s detected.

Like a detective in an adventure novel, I simply unravel the case. I go back to 12 to 18 months before the body started changing. I step through every variable, each week, each choice, each event looking for connections.

At the age of 10 Marie was a bring, athletic, inspired girl. Top of her class. By 14 she was ill, weal and depressed. What happened in between those years? With a loving mum by her side, we recounted those trivial moments, that can change a life. Boyfriends… na too big, too obvious. Sport.. na not inspiring enough for Marie… then, wham, we found it. At 12 Marie had to choose between Arts and Science in her education. She chose, or had chosen for her on the basis of her extreme capability in Science, the science stream. I asked Marie, “when you were five years old, what was your dream?”

Her mother replied, before Marie could raise her head, “fashion, she wanted to create a fashion label.” Then Marie lifted her eyes to mine, “I used to live for designing clothes, I loved drawing, sketching, imagining, different materials, different clothing, summer, winter, colours. But, they said my natural talent was science” She lowered her head again. Back to her withdrawn space.

Nothing needed to be said. Tears ran down my face. A young spirit crushed by a school system, a single choice, a lost dream and a family in distress. Her body, Nature’s Bible screaming Psalms from every cell, nobody listening. Till now.

I turned to the mother, and got a nod, a clearance to speak. Marie, what if tomorrow we wound the clock back, got you some education in fashion, mum funded a private sewing room for you to sketch and draw and sew and then create some of your own, and then others, fashion. Maybe a shop eventually after one or two showings and then…. and then…..

Now, you may think I was dangling a carrot in front of a child’s eyes, but that’s not true. I was reading her own heart, and speaking the dream she’d killed, judged and crushed. There was no chronic fatigue, anorexia or mental health problem, her body was simply doing and saying, what nature intended.

“Nature destroys (recycles) anything that does not fulfill its purpose”