Hi! I am a college junior working as a merchandising intern in NYC. I love fashion and hope to be a buyer or a senior merchandiser one day. But my dream companies are in California along with a great graduate program. Would it be worth it to move from NYC, where I have always dreamed of being, to move to California where my dream jobs are?

Asked by
jaymaccall25

My advice is to apply anywhere and everywhere until you find the best fit. A lot of people save up their applications for only their dreamiest of dream jobs and when they get to the interview become stuck because they haven’t had enough practice. I think the “practice makes perfect” mantra works perfectly here because you need to know how to interview to get a job and the easiest way to learn is through real life experiences. 

-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer

Do the ModCloth buyers and/or ModCloth in general have a plan to provide more stylish plus-size options? I love my About the Artist dress, and I'd really like to see more plus-size options, especially leggings and tights (finding unique and stylish plus-size tights is SUCH a pain), and more pieces in extended sizes like 4X and 5X!

Asked by
midnightonthefiringline

Yes!! We’ve recently hired a plus-specific buyer to ensure that 2013 is filled with great options for all of our lovely gals, regardless of size. Super excited for you to see it all start trickling in soon! 

-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer

I'm a senior in high school from NYC, currently applying to business schools in FIT, Parsons & other colleges. I gave up my dream to be a musician to pursue fashion & now I have a social media internship with an internationally claimed eye-wear designer. I feel good about where I am & I know that fashion is my future, but I still feel like my career remains a mystery (should I be a stylist? blogger? buyer? The world of fashion is vast!). Any advice for me and seniors in high school of the like?

Asked by
voguecit-y

Wow, sounds like you have so much figured out already (way more than I did at that point)! I think the best advice would be not to pigeon-hole yourself into anything. My first two years of college were spent at University of California, Santa Cruz as the ever-dreaded “Undecided” major (yes, a capital U). I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to be, and that’s not a bad thing! Turns out the reason I didn’t know is because what I was passionate about wasn’t offered at that school. While home for the summer between my sophomore and junior year I took an internship at a jewelry company. I had to do everything from help assemble parts to email potential stores to see if they were interested in the line or even get in touch with PR departments at magazines. It was the first time I felt so engaged and excited about what I was doing. That was the first time I realized I could do for a living something I was actually passionate about and loved. By the end of the summer, I decided to take the plunge and leave California for my new home in New York studying fashion merchandising and haven’t looked back since.

-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer

What do you look for when checking out a new vendor? 
Other than some of the more obvious determining factors (price, aesthetic, quality) I always ask myself “Are these items special?” I’m constantly striving to make our assortment feel unique yet relevant yet fresh so ensuring that items are special enough to stand out is a huge part of that. Specialness can be anything from a peter pan collar to a flirty lace cut out to a hand-sewn beaded skirt or even an exciting new fabrication!
-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer  High-res

What do you look for when checking out a new vendor?

Other than some of the more obvious determining factors (price, aesthetic, quality) I always ask myself “Are these items special?” I’m constantly striving to make our assortment feel unique yet relevant yet fresh so ensuring that items are special enough to stand out is a huge part of that. Specialness can be anything from a peter pan collar to a flirty lace cut out to a hand-sewn beaded skirt or even an exciting new fabrication!

-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer 

how did you get your job?

Asked by
arboreatem

After I was done at FIT, I returned back to Los Angeles (where I’m originally from) and looked for jobs here. When a friend sent me a link to the job opening at ModCloth it was seriously a dream. In a short matter of time that turned into an amazing reality. Two and a half years later and I’m still excited to come to work everyday and work with such an amazing, creative and collaborative group of people.

-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer

What was your most valuable work/education experience prior to ModCloth?

Asked by
emienna

My first foray into fashion (ahead of being very interested in it since I was dressing my Barbies as a child) was when I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I got a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising, which definitely helped me land jobs, but I made sure to have internships and part-time gigs in different buying departments while I was in school. I was really lucky to have such a flexible schedule and not feel rushed through school or forced to take too many classes at once, which made it easy to juggle work and school. 

-Samantha, ModCloth Buyer