Back at the beginning of 2012, I had recently resigned from my previous job and had no idea what I wanted to do. I remember reading one of the local free papers here in Houston and seeing an ad about Buffalo Exchange. What attracted me most and made me want to apply was that the ad mentioned fashion. At the time I didn’t know a lot about Buffalo Exchange. I knew it was a place one of my friends would go to buy her jeans, and I had accompanied her once. I also remembered it being in a part of town where I used to go see bands play in high school. Fashion, however, that I know well. I love knowing about textiles and construction, and have always loved clothes. I applied for an Associate Manager position and heard back very quickly from the Houston (Montrose) Store Manager at the time. My first interview I wore head to toe Anthropology: shoes, tights, necklace, dress, etc.
Once hired, I worked at the Houston (Montrose) location from January till July. When I first started I was fearful of buying. I knew I would have to learn, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to. Since I had come from outside the company into a management position I realized that I didn’t have a choice. So I made up my mind, not only was I going to learn to buy, I was going to do my best and prove I was worthy of this job. I was trained by some amazing Buyer Experts and Managers. I listened to everything they said—I was a fashion sponge. I made lists of brands I didn’t know and would research them. I also used my role as Associate Manager to try to educate everyone else on think I learned or already knew. In my spare time I was shopping online, in stores, on my phone, wherever and whenever.
In July, I was given the opportunity to help run and move our second Houston location. We moved that location from the Heights to Rice Village in August. When I returned to my store in Montrose, I considered myself lucky to have gained insight from another Buffalo Exchange store. In October 2012, Houston (Rice Village) needed a store manager. I knew I was only nine months into my career and loved this company, but I felt like I needed another challenge, and what a challenge it was/is. I am now the Store Manager for Rice Village.
I am ecstatic that I work for a company I love and has given me opportunities since day one to do the best I can and grow. I also can’t believe I get to learn something pretty much every day, whether it’s about myself, clothes, my employees, or customers. Few people are lucky enough to have that.