How long have you been a buyer and how did you get into it?
I have been working in a buying role with Need Supply Co. since 2010. I was lucky enough to have worked at the brick and mortar store back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s as a denim slinger, so I had a good relationship with the guys. A few years ago, Gabriel Ricioppo, the Creative Director, reached out and we have been grinding it out since.
What is your favorite seasonal collection buy of all time?
I can’t really pinpoint a specific collection that would be my favorite since my tastes are always evolving. I would have to say though, that working on special short run products and exclusives with some of the amazing brands that we carry is always exciting.
What brand's collection are you looking forward to getting most for SS13?
I think Spring '13 is going to be very strong. There is a lot of product that I am looking forward to seeing in the shop. I currently have a soft spot for Etudes, Soulland, and Industry of All Nations. We also have a few special projects for Spring that I am looking forward to.
What advice would you give other buyers just starting out?
Be prepared to work hard. Try to ask questions, listen, be humble, learn when to take risks, and be honest.