In this special MR section, we profile some of the menswear industry’s Best Buyers. Many of you have asked about the selection process, a logical question since numerous wonderful buyers did not make the list.
Here’s how it worked: we polled our vendor contacts, the people in the market who work most closely with the buyers, for their nominations. The buyer names that appeared most frequently were then tossed into a bin for further investigation and consideration. From there, we tried to balance the list by category, by geography, by demographics, by store and by store type. (If more than one buyer per store was nominated, only one could make the list.) Among independent stores, we tried to include some owners (if they do the actual buying) and some non-owners. Among big corporate organizations, we tried to feature buyers rather than DMMs or GMMs.
Trust us: the process was difficult, and far from scientific. That said, it’s resulted in some great merchandising insight from the best of the best. Not only great buyers, these retailers are interesting, upbeat, charismatic and opinionated. We hope you learn as much from these talented merchants as we did.
We’ll be posting the profiles over the course of the week and indexing them all here in alphabetical order.