Thursday, March 11, 2010

Get Like Me: Market Editor Amanda Miller

Aspiring to break into the fashion industry or simply intrigued by it? Well LoveBrownSugar has something for ya! Our “Get Like Me” series highlights exclusive interviews with industry insiders from celebrity stylists to new fashion designers, fashion PR heads & more! This week – Junior Market Editor at luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue - Amanda Miller.

Ever wonder where those sparkly Louboutins in the window on 5th Avenue come from? Amanda Miller might have had something to do with it. As a Junior Market Editor in the Fashion offices at Saks Incorporated, Amanda influences the decisions behind those trendy items that go into the stores on a seasonal basis. Sound interesting? That's only the beginning...

The Fab 5
Name: Amanda Miller
Location: Junior Fashion Market Editor, Saks Fifth Avenue
Personal Style in 3 Words: Bold, Forward, Body-Conscious
Favorite Designer(s): Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, DVF, Altuzarra
Must-Have Accessory: Hoop Earrings

All About Amanda

How did you get started in the industry?
I have worked retail all my life, from store line to corporate. My first job was a sales associate at NINE WEST!!

Did you always know you wanted to work in fashion/retail?
Always, this is what I was born to do.

Describe a day in the fashion office at Saks 5th Ave:
Busy, busy, busy. Traveling to market with the Buyers to select appropriate trend-worthy merchandise for the stores and catalogues, working on advertising for the New York Times and upcoming Saks books, searching the internet and competitive shopping for new and noteworthy designers...

Best part of your job?
Seeing up and coming new designers is very inspiring and that each day I get to come back and do it all over again.

Worst wardrobe malfunction at work?
My belt broke in a meeting with upper management!

Most rewarding experience of your career thus far?
Working on a Fashion Show in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. I had the opportunity to serve as a representative of Saks on the production committee of the scholarship fund’s annual fashion show. As a former recipient of their scholarship, it was a great opportunity to give back to an organization that helped me along the way.

3 Pieces of advice for aspiring fashionistas?
1. Always have your goal in mind. 
2. Never get discouraged.
3. The fashion industry is a small community so persistence is key!

What's in your purse?
Too much!  I am currently carrying a Treesje bag and I have everything but the kitchen sink in it! MAC Cosmetics - foundation, bronzer, Gleam eyeshadow, clear lip glass - a lock for the gym, Deepak Chopra’s “Ultimate Happiness Prescription”, Tom Ford sunglasses, keys, Gucci wallet, Canon ELPH camera, water and almonds.

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