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Apparel Buyer Cover Letter

Fashion Buyer Cover Letter

Fashion Buyers purchase clothing and fashion accessories from wholesalers and manufacturers while staying current with trends and offering competitive prices. Specific job duties of a Fashion Buyer include: observing consumer buying patterns, maintaining stock levels, reviewing sales performance, forecasting future trends, negotiating contracts with suppliers, identifying new suppliers, attending industry events and fashion shows, analyzing feedback from customers, and reporting to senior retail managers.
Based on our collection of sample cover letters for Fashion Buyer, the most sought-after skills for this job are:

  • Business acumen and commercial awareness
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and negotiation abilities
  • Computer competences
  • A willingness to take risks
  • Self-determination and drive
  • Being able to work under pressure
  • Deadline sensitivity

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Dear Ms. Benner:

With the enclosed resume, I would like to express my strong interest in the Fashion Buyer position you are looking to fill. As an organized and trend-conscious professional with seven years of experience identifying and procuring retail fashion items, I possess comprehensive knowledge and skills that will allow me to contribute toward the success of J&J Apparel.

From evaluating customer demand and researching market trends to developing budgets and complying with store policies, my background has prepared me to excel in this role. Furthermore, I am adept at managing inventories, vendor negotiations, special projects, and general administrative tasks to maximize purchasing efficiency and cost effectiveness. Through my experience, I have become adept in ensuring adherence to store objectives and requirements while ensuring a marketable and on-trend selection of fashion products to meet customer expectations.

The following achievements demonstrate my qualification for this position:

  • Excelling as an Associate Buyer for Spirit Apparel for the past seven years, researching supplies, negotiating competitive contracts, placing orders, tracking inventory, and attending tradeshows to keep abreast of industry standards and trends.
  • Piloting strategic negotiations with vendors to drive down costs; consistently achieving up to 12% in cost savings through aggressive competitive pricing tactics.
  • Communicating effectively with all levels of staff to ensure top-flight organizational efficiency.
  • Demonstrating outstanding networking talents as well as sharp business acumen and an expansive awareness of the fashion / apparel industry.
  • Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Retail Management from Burlington State College.

My proven ability to select and purchase high-selling fashion and apparel items to meet customer demand, along with my acute talents in research, analysis, and overall communication, will contribute immensely to the success of your buying team at J&J Apparel.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Renee T. Montes

When you were a child, a family member probably decided which clothes you would wear every day. In a roundabout way, professional fashion buyers do the same thing, though on a larger, more complicated scale.

Let's say you need to buy a new shirt. All you have to do is go down to the nearest department store or apparel shop. But did you ever wonder how the dozens or even hundreds of available shirts ended up at the store in the first place? And who decided which shirts would be sold at that store and which ones wouldn't? Chances are it was a fashion buyer, indirectly determining your wardrobe.

The Job

Fashion buyers typically work for department stores, retail chains, independently owned stores or wholesale distributors. Their jobs might seem easy; after all, what's not to like about buying apparel with someone else's money, to the tune of thousands or even millions of dollars?

But fashion buying goes far beyond the clothes themselves. And if you're not willing to work hard, you just won't make it in this field. Indeed, the key skills and traits you'll need to succeed aren't generally associated with apparel, and they're not typically mentioned in the more glamorous descriptions of fashion buying, says Connie Passarella, director of career services at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

"You must be highly analytical, have a strong working knowledge of computers and have the ability to work under pressure," says Passarella. As a fashion buyer, you're responsible for:

  • The Past: You need to understand how certain items have sold in previous years to predict how similar items might sell.
  • The Present: You must be in constant contact with the retail staffers who are actually selling the apparel you've purchased to determine if it's moving. You also have to continuously analyze complex sales reports to see if your company should buy more of a particular item or sell it to customers at a higher or lower price.
  • The Future: In many ways, you're a fortune-teller. Using your knowledge of industry trends and forecasts, you have to predict two or even three years out which apparel and accessories will sell and at what price. So you need "to continually stay educated on the industry and trends by reading as many of the top fashion and industry publications as possible and attending various fashion events," says Todd Kellogg, senior buyer for Beach Bums, a clothing and accessories retailer with nine California locations.

Breaking In

A bachelor's degree is generally the minimum educational requirement for a career in fashion buying, where salaries generally begin in the mid-$30, range but "can reach the $, range with ease," Passarella says. Prospective employers won't be too particular about your major, she adds, but if you have a general idea of how the fashion industry works, you'll be "in a better position than those who have never dealt with any segment of the industry."

One avenue you'll definitely want to pursue is the executive training program. Many retailers, particularly larger ones, offer these programs, which will help you work your way up to a buying position over several years. The executive training program at national retailer Neiman Marcus, for instance, prepares participants for jobs as assistant buyers and, ultimately, buyers for the company.

But perhaps the best place to start is with a sales associate job at that store where you bought your new shirt. "It's not a requirement, but companies like to see retail experience on an individual's resume" Passarella says. "That way, they know you have a basic understanding of the selling floor."