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“Hi! My name is Erin and I am Ann Taylor’s Sweater Merchant. I knew from the time I was 15 years old that I was meant to work in the fashion industry. I’m from a small town in Delaware, but fell in love with New York City, high fashion, and a fast paced lifestyle at a young age.

The thing I love about merchandising is that it’s the perfect mix of product, numbers, and people. Merchants act as the connector between the creative and financial sides of the business, and ultimately represent the voice of the client. I absolutely love my job and could never imagine doing anything else!

There is never a typical day in merchandising. On any given day you could find me building the line with my design and sourcing counterparts, learning about the competition and product trends in the designer market, analyzing selling reports to learn from our hits and misses, reading through customer feedback, or working through financials in order to actually buy the line.

Working for Ann Taylor has been an amazing experience. It’s an inspiration to be part of a brand with such a long history of dressing women to look and feel their best – no matter where life may take them. Seeing clients buying and wearing our sweaters is definitely the most rewarding part of the job. I’m proud to not only merchandise our clothes, but wear them too!”

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