Senior Capstone

Fashion Buying

What Fashion Buying means to me...

Career Field

In the retail industry, a buyer is an individual who selects what items will be stocked in a store, based on his or her predictions about what will be popular with shoppers. Retail buyers usually work closely with designers and their designated sales representatives and attend trade fairs, wholesale showrooms and fashion shows to observe trends. They may work for large department stores, chain stores or smaller boutiques. For smaller independent stores, a buyer may participate in sales as well as promotion, whereas in a major fashion store there may be different levels of seniority such as trainee buyers, assistant buyers, senior buyers and buying managers, and buying directors. Decisions about what to stock can greatly affect fashion businesses.

Education and Training

Fashion Buyers are not required to have any form of higher education but a degree in fashion, statistics, or business is very helpful.


Most training is in the form of interning and shadowing along with prior retail experience is preferred.

Average and Potential Earnings

Expected annual pay for a typical Merchandise Buyer in the United States is $84,489 but the potential earnings can be up to $135,000.
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What The interview Meant To Me

What The Interview Meant To Me

Research VS. Interview

HOW TO MAKE IT - Fashion Buyer (Top 5 Tips - Carmen Borgonovo, my-wardrobe.com)

Work Ethic

  • persistent
  • knowledgeable
  • organized
  • willing to take risks
  • responsible
  • resourceful

In Conclution

Through this amazing learning experience, I have gained the knowledge of what to expect after attending Texas Tech University for business. The fashion industry is a very difficult field to succeed in but after all the research and the information I have gained from the interview I am more confident that i can and will be successful in my future endeavors.