Our very own Assistant Buyer Jamie was featured in the September issue of Teen Vogue. Check out an excerpt of her interview below. Pick up the current issue of Teen Vogue on newsstands to read the whole story!
TEEN VOGUE: Where did you go to school and what did you study?
JAMIE SCHWARTZ: I went to College of Charleston in South Carolina, and majored in communications and minored in French. It was an amazing place to go to school, and it didn’t hurt that you could go straight to the beach after class.
TV: What made you choose that major, and how did it help you enter the fashion world?
JS: I chose communications because I originally thought I wanted to do fashion PR. I got an internship in the PR department at Charleston Magazine and got involved in Charleston Fashion week. But, I began to realize that I was much more interested in the actual product than the press around it.
TV: Have you always wanted to work in fashion?
JS: Ever since I can remember. I know it sounds super cheesy, but I really do have my “dream job.”
TV: Who are some people in the fashion industry that you look up to?
JS: I really look up to Jane, one of our senior buyers. She has the best style. She always looks cool, but never like she tries too hard. I love that she’s not afraid to take fashion risks. I also have a girl crush on Gwyneth Paltrow but who doesn’t? Her look is always classic and effortlessly chic.
TV: How did you get your job at Shopbop?
JS: While interning at Tibi, I saw that there was an open position for a Merchant Assistant at Shopbop. I applied online and got a great recommendation from the girls at Tibi. I interviewed and ended up getting the job—proof that a good recommendation goes a long way!
TV: What is your favorite thing about your job?
JS: I love going on appointments and seeing what our designers have come up with for the next season. There is an excitement around a new collection, and I love being inspired by innovative ideas and concepts.
TV: What are your five on-the-job essentials?
JS: I always have my iPhone to check emails, since I’m often out of the office on market appointments. A camera for snapping pics—we need photos to review later when we write our orders. A pencil for taking notes during appointments—never a pen—we’ve been known to change our minds. And finally, a good tinted lip gloss and black iced coffee—I have it every morning, even when it’s freezing in NYC.
Read more on Teen Vogue.com.