arrow_drop_upBe The Buyer by Earnshaw's Magazine Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Sure, that can lead to overbuying, but believe me, taking a risk occasionally can be very rewarding.
Kelly Dowdy, owner of English Rabbit

Be The Buyer, episode 1: Smart Advice by Kelly Dowdy

Earnshaw's Magazine and Playtime teamed up to give you the keys to get into a buyer’s mind. Each month, through the new section “Be The Buyer”, the magazine will invite an American buyer to share his tips and expectations. Worth reading here and in the magazine!


Kelly Dowdy, owner of English Rabbit in Beverly Hills, CA, reveals five acumens to her buying strategy:

1. KNOW THE CUSTOMER
“Seems obvious, but it’s important to remember! Everything is very casual here—California Cool. Kids are not as buttoned up as in New York or Europe, so I look for high-end formal pieces and envision how they’d look with sneakers or a denim jacket before placing an order.”

2. TAKE RISKS
“You can’t just operate with what works on paper. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Sure, that can lead to overbuying, but believe me, taking a risk occasionally can be very rewarding. I invested a huge portion of my buy in designer clothing when I started, not really knowing if the customer would buy $400 sneakers. Turns out designer kicks for kids are a hit! Now I’m buying double and triple the size run.”

3. CHOOSE SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIPS
“Although we work with several European brands, it’s important for them to understand the American way of doing business. Quick response time is imperative, especially when there may already be a language barrier. It’s only a buyer’s dream world where everyone uses the same software, so that’s always going to be a challenge. But if my brands can be accommodating beyond that, it’ll make me loyal season after season.”

4. SKIP THE COLD CALLS
“I don’t respond well to cold calls or brands just walking into the store with their wares. To pick up new brands, I typically make private appointments, see reps or go to trade shows. I do love working with brands directly, just on my own time. I like reaching out to them because it makes me feel like I discovered them.”

5. TRAVEL MORE
“I’ve been to places like New-York, Milan, Belgium, London and Paris, just to name a few. I’ve been able to develop relationships with brands that don’t sell to anyone near me. We even carry Gucci, which is hard to find in this country for kids. It helps me provide the customer with an experience that is luxurious while still friendly and convenient.”

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