Buyer Spotlight: Shannon
Today we're chatting with Shannon, our awesome Jewelry Buyer. This beautiful lady has traveled the world on Earthbound buying trips, and we want to know more about her experiences!
Q: How long have you been at Earthbound Trading Company?
A: I’ve worked at Earthbound for 8 glorious years. I began as the company’s Fashion Buyer overseeing all of the categories within jewelry, clothing and accessories. I was hired to build these categories to their fullest potential. When I started, these categories were doing very little and when I handed over the clothing & accessories gauntlet in 2012 to our newest buyers, they were rockin’ & rollin’ & primed for even greater heights!
Q: What is your current role?
A: My current role is handling all jewelry buying. It is a huge category that includes semi-precious gemstones and various metals, lots of wood and bone, as well as trend based items that keep our regulars coming back to our stores week after week. It definitely keeps me busy and also gives me many opportunities to find and follow fashion trends, which has always been my strong suit. There is always something new and exciting to buy so I keep a steady eye on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, other retailers and loooots of fashion blogs!
Q: How many buying trips have you been on and to what destinations?
A: I have been on 50+ buying trips; mostly overseas to India, Bali, China and Thailand. Now, as jewelry buyer, I only go to Hong Kong & mainland China. I do attend domestic shows in Dallas, Las Vegas and NYC too.
Q: What about the trips do you look forward to the most?
A: I love walking the shows, seeing all the hottest items that most people won’t see until the next season, and finding new and exciting product for our stores! There are usually several trade shows going on at the same time in Las Vegas or NYC. I also make it a point to visit with our existing suppliers to build and strengthen relationships. Our suppliers travel from all over the world to exhibit at this show and I like to let them know how appreciative we are to have them!
Q: What is your day-to-day schedule like on a typical jewelry buying trip?
A: The shows usually open at 9 AM. We head into the convention center and walk the show all day, meeting new vendors and checking out new product. From the show, we usually continue to dinner with different suppliers each night. In the morning, we all meet up for breakfast and devise the plan for the day and discuss what we found and what we are excited about.
Q: What is the goal of the buying trips?
A: When we travel to the shows, markets or factories, we are always looking for new and exciting items to offer to our customers; whether it is for current season or for future seasons. At times we will have specific stories in mind that we shop for, like Guy Jewelry. We always have our customer in mind at every step of the way and hope that they will love the items we have selected.
Q: What jewelry trends are you seeing for 2014?
A: In necklaces, we’re seeing longer lengths and lots of layers. Hoops & boho chandeliers are always popular and the favored style of earrings, but there seems to be some interest in smaller post-style & layered earrings – like ear cuffs, and multiple earrings up the ear. Jewelry pieces that are versatile and appeal to a large age range have a longer life for us, like our clock necklaces, for instance. You can wear alone or layered with a shorter simple pendant. Jewelry purchases give the customer a fun, fast, inexpensive option to add versatility and style to their existing wardrobe. Symbols like infinity, arrows, crosses, feathers, wings, dream catchers and leaves are great for us and there’s a trend toward an organic but edgy style that I love.
Here are a few more images Shannon shared from her buying trips over the years: