Derek Lam Merchandising Associate and FIDM Alumna Brittany Lee was recently invited back to her alma mater to review and provide feedback on final presentations by fifteen Merchandise Product Development Students in the “Classification and Line Development” class. The brand they studied and presented was Urban Outfitters.
After she provided the students with industry-driven feedback, Brittany stayed to speak candidly with the students to give them a little background on herself and her career in the fashion industry.
Originally from New Jersey, Brittany moved to LA to go to FIDM. As a student, she interned at Paige in Culver City and Band of Outsiders, where she worked upon graduation in September 2014 until they closed. When Band of Outsiders closed permanently in Spring 2015, she moved back to the east coast and settled in New York. Through her connections at Band of Outsiders, she got her resume into Derek Lam.
After interviewing, she was hired as the Merchandising Associate for Derek Lam and its contemporary line Derek Lam 10 Crosby. At Derek Lam, Brittany is responsible for creating line sheets and everything that goes into preparing for line open. She looks at why something did or did not sell—on a wholesale and retail level.
Every three months, there is a new season and the development process repeats itself, she explained. “At a small company, you learn so much. People have many different roles. You do more, so you learn more.”
She was asked by the students what set her apart to get the job at Derek Lam. She said that during the interview she spoke about what she did at Band of Outsiders. Her experience there helped her so much.
Her advice? “You should intern. Work with what you have. Do as much as you can now. It will all pay off.”
“I personally think Merchandise Product Development the best major. It’s very well-rounded. You can literally do anything with that major.”
Categories: Alumni News, Student News, Merchandise Product Development
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