A job in the fashion industry just sounds cool, whether it’s a buyer at Barneys New York or a merchandiser at Bloomingdale’s or a junior designer at Madewell (or your own label), or an editor at somewhere like, say, Teen Vogue.   If you had to work in the fashion industry what type of job would you  choose ?

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Pop-Up Store Designer

The popularity of pop-up shops—you know, those temporary storefronts or shop-within-shops—has been going strong for at least the past five years or so, and they’re not going anywhere. Brands looking to build buzz or test out new markets rely on this strategy, so they need specialized designers who understand the requisites of a temporary shop. Berger suggests having a background in two disciplines—event production and store design—to enter the biz. “Students are asking about it,” he says. “It’s a hot and interesting area.” So where can you find these jobs? A design firm, like Gensleror event-production companies.

Fashion Design Consultant for TV and Movies

With a proliferation of period dramas on TV and in film (and an increasingly detail-oriented audience), the costumes and props need to be on-point. A fashion design consultant will do the background research, develop the overall approach, and establish the show’s environment, plus work with the costume designers to pull it all off. “They used to have just one broader historical consultant,” Berger says. “But now they need specialized ones.”

Christmas Display Production Specialist

It’s December 25 for 12 months a year for these guys. “Department stores are spending less money on overall display,” Berger says. “But they’re putting all their eggs in one basket: Christmas.” So when big department stores boast elaborate displays, they’re hiring specialized production professionals that work year-round producing for the holiday season.

Textile Forensic Scientist

“This is CSI type of stuff,” says Ingrid Johnson, Textile & Development professor at FIT. “It’s so cool.” Basically, a specialist will look at different fibers under a microscope to figure out which time period it came from. They also help develop new, advanced fabrics to, say, more effectively wick away sweat. It’s the perfect marriage of science and style.

Fashion Real Estate Agent

Yes, these jobs is similar to those Million Dollar Listing guys, but they help fashion brands seek out the ideal offices, retail store locations, and warehouse spaces. Christine Pomerantz, the chair of International Trade and Marketing, says traditional real estate companies employ agents who specialize in this field.

Compliance and Logistics Coordinator/Manager

Pomerantz points to a former student who found a pretty interesting niche job in the Fish and Wildlife department at Louis Vuitton. We know: What?! So these professionals help companies figure out where to source their materials, how to import them, and how to manage the complicated customs process. In this former student’s case, she helps LV make sure their specialty materials (like leathers) are compliant with customs rules and regulations.

 

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