Hello Fashion Girl:
I normally don't send emails to higher up people, but I'm really in a jam. I want to become a fashion merchandiser, but I'm not really sure how to go about doing that. Could you help me?
Good question. It can sometimes be difficult to know exactly how to start out. I totally get it. There are things you can do right now to gain experience that will help you in the future. But, first you should know that there are endless job possibilities within the category of fashion merchandising.
Fashion merchandising pretty much covers everything in the business of fashion, from product development to buying and selling. Working in retail is an excellent start. You will gain hands-on experience and start learning basic fashion terms and how the fashion business works.
You'll want to study Merchandise Marketing in college. FIDM offers an excellent curriculum that will prepare you with the necessary professional tools for success in the global fashion industry. You'll learn about trend forecasting, merchandise buying and allocation, and micro- and macromarketing strategies.
In the mean time, learn everything you can about fashion. Read blogs and news publications, and keep yourself on top of trends. You have an amazing career ahead of you!
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