Describe your role.
As a Brand Merchandiser at EILEEN FISHER, I work closely with the collection
during the design process, following it all the way through to market where
we hand it over to our sales team. We keep a pulse of what our customers are
loving, what's selling, and what's not working, to help provide context for the
design team. The highlight of the merchandising team's season is putting the
new collection together and presenting it to the company in preparation for
Why did you choose this career/position, or did it choose you?
I'm sure it was a bit of both. Fashion has always been a passion of mine.
Growing up with an unusually hip mom and grandmother, I was inspired at an
early age to see fashion as a means of expressing creativity. Having previously
worked in the retail, buying and wholesale worlds, I've come to realize that as
much as I enjoy the creative side, I also enjoy the analytic—that is, constantly
finding ways to make a system function at its best. I love that I get to blend
these two worlds together.
What keeps you doing this job?
This job provides a constant stream of high energy work. The continuous
change, evolution and variety are exhilarating—there is truly never a dull
moment. Working on multiple seasons at a time, I'm able to connect with a
wide range of talented teams and individuals throughout the company. I've
found the process of collaboration to be refreshing. Not only does it provide
constant opportunity for growth, but I get to see the way other teams work
within the system. Oh, and loving the clothes we make is a bonus!
What would you recommend to others interested in this role? What training
would you suggest, if any?
As the late Joseph Campbell used to say, "Follow your bliss." I've been
fortunate enough to work with a number of people who have the courage to
follow what truly inspires and moves them. It brings a unique contribution to
the table, and also carries a spirit and vitality that seems to energize those
around. I'm thankful to work with a company that encourages people to grow
in this way. In regards to what training I would suggest...well, for me, my
previous work in sales and buying was integral in understanding the bigger
picture. I found great value in listening to the customers' story and hearing
their experience of the product first hand.
What sets EF apart from other places you have worked?
Having worked for small companies before EILEEN FISHER, I've actually been
impressed that I've found more similarities than differences. The camaraderie
and community I cherished about the small businesses also thrives in the
EILEEN FISHER work culture. Our passion and commitment to sustainability,
eco initiatives and human rights truly inspires me.