Five jobs in the fashion industry in Nigeria that are not related to design

The Nigerian fashion industry is often overlooked and not seen as a viable part of the economy. Dr. Ezra Yakusak, executive director of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), said the fashion industry alone currently represents 37% of e-commerce revenue in the Nigerian economy. It is also a job creation tool, whether with a brand or as an entrepreneur.

Besides fashion design, modeling, tailoring, and styling, there are other technical jobs that work behind the scenes to build a functional industry. Some people often ignore this industry because they feel that every job requires some form of talent or natural physical attributes, but there are plenty of openings for anyone who wants to work and learn.

Here are five fashion jobs that aren’t related to design:

1. Product Developer

A product developer oversees the development process of a product from design conception to completion. They are also responsible for improving existing products to meet customer expectations. Improving existing products for a product developer is more about the customer experience and less about the garment or the product.

Product Developers for large companies are the first line of contact with the factory/fabric suppliers and are responsible for liaising with them. They oversee all costs and production times while ensuring that the materials used and the finished product are up to standard.

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2. Production manager

Production managers can fall under the production of shows, exhibitions or a brand. Production managers on a show take care of the backstage, lights and sounds, modeling management, props and clothing upkeep and even designer liaison. Although these jobs require some training, they are things that anyone with the know-how can do.

3. Fashion writing

Just like UX writing, copywriting, and all other forms, fashion writing is a skill that develops and is harnessed with time and practice. It involves having an eye for detail and being able to uniquely describe clothing and concepts. The influence of a good fashion writer should not be underestimated; they are able to sell the most unconventional clothes, with a unique voice, tone and vision.

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4. Account manager

Every business enterprise needs someone to manage the accounts and business aspects of it. Account managers not only balance the books, but also keep track of accumulated production costs and profits made at the end of the fashion season. They are also responsible for sales and high-end customer relations. They also work hand in hand with retail buyers to determine what is doable and what will result in a loss.

5. Retail Buyer

Retail buyers have a unique job. They build relationships with designers and brands and help sell their pieces in department stores. They consider current market demands, style trends, and the quality of garments or accessories produced before selecting what will be sold in a store. Concept retail stores like Alara and Temple Muse have retail buyers whose job it is to help stock the store with pieces they believe will sell. They examine consumers’ buying habits and make plans in advance with the account manager to not only break even, but also generate profits.

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