Marist Fashion graduates have been hired by...

 Abercrombie & Fitch, Alice & Olivia, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, BCBG, Bergdof Goodman, Brioni, Calvin Klein, Capelli New York, Carolina Amato, Chanel, Club Monaco, Coach, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Ferragamo, Gap, Inc., Giorgio Armani A/X, Global Brands, Haddad Brands, HSN, J Crew, JC Penney, Kate Spade, Lacoste, LDJ Productions, Lord and Taylor, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Maggy London, Michael Kors, MTV, Moda Operandi, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Ralph Lauren, PVH, Rent the Runway, Ross Stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tahari, Talbots, Target, TJX, The Children’s Place, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tumblr, Viva International Group, ZAR Apparel Groupand many more

Fashion Careers

The fashion industry is extremely diverse and offers a wealth of career opportunities. Career direction is determined by an individual's skills and interests, but the job profiles below represent some common possibilities open to fashion graduates.


Merchandising graduates often pursue careers in the following areas: Retail buying, management, and planning; product development; and merchandising for apparel manufacturers.


Typical Starting Position: Assistant or associate buyer
Responsibilities: Track merchandise shipments, input purchase orders, accompany the buyer to market, schedule appointments, record keeping
Long-range Goal: Buyer, market representative, divisional merchandise manager


Typical Starting Position: Department manager, assistant store manager
Responsibilities: Train and supervise sales associates, merchandise and display products, supervise selling floor operations such as opening and closing
Long-range Goal: Store manager, district manager

Planning & Distribution

Typical Starting Position: Distributor, merchandise allocator
Responsibilities: Allocate merchandise to branch stores, develop unit control plans, work closely with buyer to serve regional needs of customers
Long-range Goal: Planner, buyer


Typical Starting Position: Sales trainee
Responsibilities: Show and sell the line to retail clients, prepare line sheets, track sales, follow up on merchandise deliveries
Long-range Goal: Account executive, sales manager


Typical Starting Position: Merchandising assistant
Responsibilities: Research the market, plan product lines, coordinate with design team and sales staff
Long-range Goal: Merchandiser



Entry-level design positions are available with a variety of apparel manufacturers as well as some larger retail firms with established private label programs. Some design graduates may also pursue careers in textile design.

 Branded/Private Label Design
Typical Starting Position: Assistant designer
Responsibilities: Work closely with sample makers, develop patterns, shop stores for trends, sketch, source fabrics and trims
Long-range Goal: Designer

Textile Design

Typical Starting Position: Knit designer, print designer, woven fabric designer
Responsibilities: Develop and execute original textile designs
Long-range Goal: Textile designer

Fashion Careers
Fashion Careers