clients thomas stewart

Sur La Table - Seattle, Washington

www.SurLaTable.com

  • Product & factory sourcing- premium home & garden products
  • Manage new business opportunities, product development, vendor negotiations
  • Strategic planning & forecasting, trend reporting



GUMP'S of San Francisco

www.Gumps.com

  • Buying Agent research, interviewing and contract negotiation
  • Factory sourcing- table top, furniture, accessories
  • Product development
  • Assortment planning


Coco de Mer - London, Los Angeles

  • Product sourcing & assortment planning- fashion accessories, home, bath & beauty
  • Market research
  • Vendor negotiations


J. Paul Getty Museum Book Store - Los Angeles

www.Getty.edu

  • Sales analysis and assortment planning, merchandising
  • Creating an inventory planning and Open-To-Buy system
  • Buyer training and development


Windowbox.com - Los Angeles

  • Assortment planning
  • Product and vendor sourcing- Home and garden
  • Buyer training & development



The Natural Arts Gallery - Hollywood

  • Product design & development - art reproductions
  • Branded merchandise product sourcing
  • Merchandising and visual display




Pottery Barn / Williams Sonoma - San Francisco

www.PotteryBarn.com

  • Factory sourcing- Furniture
  • Quality control and manufacturing guidelines
  • Production management



 Corporate Work

Teleflora   - Los Angeles, California

teleflora

www.teleflora.com

Buyer/ Purchasing Manager

  • Responsible for overseeing product sourcing and production for a wholesale business that serves 25,000 retail member shops in the US and Canada.
  • Visited factories insuring their production is maximized and merchandise is delivered to support a seasonal marketing calendar.
  • Controlled costs and expenses in delivering profitable margin results and setting wholesale pricing accurately.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art     - San Francisco, California

sfmoma

www.sfmoma.org

Merchandise Manager- Museum Store

  • Managed a team of five Buyers with diverse product assortments which included books, home furnishings, jewelry, children's toys, apparel, art reproductions, and branded goods. Total annual sales $9 million.
  • Planned and executed two additional retail locations and a major expansion project in the existing museum space.
  • Controlled costs and expenses in delivering profitable margin results and setting wholesale pricing accurately.
  • Contributed to a 10% improvement in sales for FY'01 through refined assortment planning, forecasting, and purchasing standards.


Smith & Hawken   - Novato, California/ Mill Valley, California

smith and hawken

Merchandise Manager

  • Responsible for managing all aspects of $40 million division of a leading consumer and trade catalog, as well as retail and e-commerce businesses with annual sales exceeding $100 million with 40+ stores.
  • Management functions included creating and implementing profitable merchandising strategies that reinforce the brand in each channel of distribution, budgeting and planning, leading buying team in a global sourcing role focused on proprietary merchandise.
  • In the catalog division, established page counts, product assortments, and sequential versioning based on most profitable product mix.
  • Collaborated with department heads as well as senior managers in financial planning and budgeting, forecasting, marketing, systems, operations, and product distribution.

Senior Buyer, Home Furnishings

  • Responsible for executing merchandising strategies as related to retail store and catalog assortments
  • Planned, forecasted, and sourced proprietary products through foreign agents and factories world wide


Conran's Habitat   - New York, New York

conran's habit

www.habitat.co.uk

Furniture Buyer

  • Identified key home office trend and expanded product offer accordingly resulting in greater market share.
  • Visited factories insuring their production is maximized and merchandise is delivered to support a seasonal marketing calendar.
  • Responsible for coordinating and negotiating with UK design team in the building of merchandise assortments for the US market, and supplementing with domestic sourcing.


Bonwit Teller   - New York, New York

bonwit teller

Associate Buyer

  • Worked closely with vendors to insure timely and accurate deliveries, maintain all financial and sales journals, communicate with retail stores.
  • Selected seasonal lines from private label programs as well as key sportswear vendors




Jordan Marsh   - Boston, Massachusetts

jordan marsh

Department Manager

  • Managed staff of 20 sales associates and customer service managers. Merchandised model rooms to seasonal plans reacting to business trends and customer response.