So You Want to Manage a Fashion Boutique?

Careers in fashion: analyses what it takes to follow a career in fashion retail management.

It may surprise you to learn that not everyone in the fashion industry is a designer or photographer. It takes a lot of people to get the clothes made, hung on the models and then on to hangers in shops. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to run a fashion outlet.

You’re fresh out of university with a degree in retail management, or similar, and you’re ready to step into the breach and run a fashion boutique. Not so fast! A degree, in all probability, may not be enough to let you just stroll on in. Your prospective employers will be looking for around 3-5 years’ worth of experience in the retail industry. Be prepared to serve your time in the trenches, start at the bottom and work your way up. You’ll find the experience invaluable. Qualifications are good, experience is better, so if you’ve got both you are one step ahead of the competition – and there will be a lot of competition!

Here is a list of key skills that you will need to have or, if you don’t have them already, will need to learn:

  • Selling (a bit obvious that one)
  • Customer service
  • People skills
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Able to motivate others – as well as yourself
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative
  • Decision making
  • Interviewing

You must be able to take responsibility for the shop floor and window displays and always stay on top of the inventory. Some basic understanding of computers would be a plus because you will be using, and teaching others to use the in-house software.

Always strive to be honest and trustworthy. Be loyal, to your company and your staff and inspire loyalty in others.
Most important of all in a job in fashion retail management you must have a detailed knowledge of fashion and current trends. There will be times when you will be called upon to give fashion advice to your customers. Give the right advice and both the shop’s and your own personal reputation will grow, bringing in more customers.

You have to know what your customers want, have the skills to sell it to them and the foresight to order more.

With a trusted reputation built up through hard work, dedication and years of recruitment experience, is the first and best place to look for jobs in the retail, fashion and hospitality industries across the UK and internationally. Contact us today and let us take your career forward.

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