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Hi to all of the amazingly wonderful Ann Taylor blog followers out there! My name is Richard and I serve as The Manager of Visual Merchandising for Ann Taylor. I am utterly thrilled to be sharing my story with you all in this installment of Ann@Work. When Julie, our Manager of Digital & Social Media, asked me to contribute to our blog about a typical day here at the Ann Inc. and e my role as the Visual Merchandising Manager; I was instantly stumped on how I would honestly convey to you; our loyal clients and friends, my life at Ann Taylor and why it is so special.

 As the Visual Merchandising Manager, it is my primary responsibility, as well as several others I work along side, to ensure our stores “feel” compelling and connected to each of you, taking into consideration the busy fulfilling lives you all lead. As a member of the Visual Team it is my job to ask the following questions and deliver to them: What do you, our client, expect from us? How are we effectively demonstrating key seasonal trends? And, finally, what are our business objectives?

My daily life at Ann is filled with a lot of laughs, a bit of stress and the occasional impromptu 5 min dance party at my desk. You can see me working on our June “windows” here at our in office store in the above photo! I feel humbled by the opportunity I am given to do a job I love for a company that truly embodies and believes in the phrase “Chic Wholehearted Success” not only internally but through each of you: the Modern Working Women who personify our brand.

It is my hope that as a Visual Merchandiser: I am able to silently speak and inspire each of you in someway when you experience our stores… hopefully you love what you see! Like we say here at Ann: Life should be the journey and the fun, not the toil. Have fun and stay chic, y’all!

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