Meet Katie, a Buyer of Bras and Swim for Aerie.com. Katie works with cross functional teams to ensure that we have the best products ready for you to purchase when shopping online. Read on to learn more about Katie and her job.
What is your dream job?
I just love being a buyer. My friends sometimes laugh when I say that this is my dream job, but after college I worked in a different field and knew that something didn’t feel complete for me. I knew that I loved fashion, but based on my experience wouldn’t be qualified for a job. I applied for a Fashion Merchandising program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and once I was accepted the choice was made. It was such a meaningful experience going back to school and knowing how important it was to me to have a job that was more of a passion. The best part of being a buyer is being able to use both sides of your brain – the creative and analytical.
What is next on your “To Do In Life” list?
Get married! I am marrying my best friend of almost 9 years in December! I’m hoping it snows a little so that it feels like a winter wonderland! Then we are going on our honeymoon to Hawaii and spending the holidays together there. Neither of us have ever been there and cannot wait to relax but also try new things… maybe surf!? I am so excited for this next chapter to start in my life!
What song is playing on repeat in your speakers right now?
Having just gone to two music festivals in the past month (Coachella and Jazz Fest in New Orleans), I have a super eclectic mix of music happening right now. I always find that after I see a band I cannot stop listening to them, so Spotify is my best friend. I saw Two Door Cinema Club at Coachella, who I’ve been dying to see for a few years, and they were fantastic. At Jazz Fest you get such an exposure to such an array of musicians, from Phoenix to Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Fleetwood Mac and gospel, that you come back from the experience wanting to listen to every genre possible. The Cold War Kids‘ latest album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, is fantastically fun and upbeat – perfect for driving with the windows down when the sun is shining!
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I have to say, Coldplay’s last tour was incredible! I went to the show in Tampa last year and the energy was amazing. They gave out bracelets when you entered that lit up with the beat of the music and took the show to a whole new level. Chris Martin just gives so much of himself in every performance that you can’t help but get lost in the moment when you’re at a Coldplay concert.
How does your work influence your style?
I love seeing what coworkers are wearing in a new, innovative way. I also love that we have a relaxed work attire, which allows for people to be super creative with their style.
What trend are you most excited about this season?
What Aerie bra do you live in?
I’m a lightly lined girl for sure. I love the festival bandeau for summer paired with some of the Aerie low back tanks. Oh! And I love Sofie too! Can we also discuss how amazing our bralettes are? They are so soft and comfy – you could literally live in them!
What characteristics make your job fun?
The eclectic mix of people I get to work with every day. They make me laugh all the time, and that’s my favorite part. We tend to get a little silly when we stay late, so it makes the day go faster!