I found an article interviewing a buyer (pdf) which you may find interesting. Although it’s from a sorority newsletter (those are often known for puff pieces) I think it’s worth a look. Margaret Hinojosa is a Couture/European Designer Sportswear Buyer for Nordstrom’s. She discusses her daily work and how she got into the business.
Margaret Hinojosa…has daily encounters with names that could make most women swoon-Versace. Chanel. Dolce & Gabbana. Valentino. She travels to New York, Paris and Milan. She attends fashion shows that resemble rock concerts in their star power and intensity. She has private meetings to preview clothing from some of the worlds’ most desired designers. But it isn’t all fun and games. Margaret spoke candidly with the Quarterly about living the life of a high fashion buyer.
There used to be more content to this post but it went *poof* as did some of the comments. In any event, the ongoing drama of this post is that the article keeps disappearing. I’ve archived and loaded a copy of it on my server -thanks to Conor who slogged through the waybackmachine archives to find it.