Welcome to the first posting of a new blog series from Zappos.com and the Merchandising Department. The series, titled: Buyer’s Diary, will give readers a glimpse into the life of a buyer at Zappos.com.
Each buyer profiled has volunteered to jot down exactly what they’re doing and thinking as often as they can throughout the course of a buying trip.
This week, Eric Y., an Assistant Buyer on our Fashion team travels to sunny L.A. to visit Diesel.
Dates: May 19, 2008 to May 20, 2008
Brand: Diesel – Holiday/Pre-Spring Buyer
Location: Los Angeles
Buyer: Eric Y.
May 19, 2008
4:00 AM – Woke Up. Monday’s are usually rough but 4am came way too soon! Heading to L.A. with Scott J. to
meet with Diesel.
5:00 AM – Just arrived at the McCarran Intl. Airport, surprisingly it is extremely crowded. Thankfully, I am carrying my luggage on so all I had to do was print my boarding pass.
6:00 AM – Emergency exit row = more leg room. Flight taking off.
6:50 AM – Just enough time to down a glass of OJ, Landed at LAX.
7:00 AM – In a cab, lap top open and wireless card in.
7:30 AM – Traffic was minimal, checked into Standard Downtown.
8:00 AM – Grabbing a quick breakfast at the Café.
8:30 AM – Sitting through traffic on the way to the Diesel showroom on Robertson.
9:00 AM – Waiting in the Lobby of Diesel, meeting women’s Rep to view Women’s Apparel.
10:00 AM – Deep into Women’s clothing. The Holiday/Pre-Spring line looks amazing! With some bright pieces that will have you craving warm weather.
11:00 AM – Moved onto Women’s Denim and accessories- belts and hats. Drinking a Red Bull.
12:00 PM – Now meeting with the Hand Bag Rep. Viewing the Men’s and Women’s bags and small leather goods.
1:00 PM – Lunch is delivered to the showroom. Take a break to eat and chat.
1:30 PM – Start viewing Resort swimwear for Men.
2:00 PM – More banana hammocks and board shorts…
3:00 PM – Now looking at the sleepwear and men’s underwear.
4:00 PM – Leaving Diesel. Walking down Robertson, checking out trends, trying to catch a cab.
4:50 PM – Arrive back at The Standard.
5:00 PM – Call the office to check in with my Merchandise Assistant, get the 411 on what’s happening in the office, catching up on e-mails in the room on laptop.
6:00 PM – Take a 20 minute power nap.
7:00 PM – Met Mikey (Taryn Rose Rep) – Roof top at the Standard for cocktails before dinner.
8:00 PM – Still at the bar enjoying drinks and great people watching.
9:00 PM –Just got to Little Tokyo for a Sushi Dinner. I think we ordered more Saki then we did Sushi.
10:00 PM – Green Tea Ice Cream- the perfect ending to an amazing dinner.
11:00 PM – Back at the Standard and calling it a night…long day!
May 20, 2008
7:00 AM – Wake Up Call
8:00 AM – Finally woke up, packing, getting ready.
8:30 AM – Crazy traffic today. Trying to hack away at some e-mails on my BlackBerry.
9:00 AM – Arrived at Diesel. Working Men’s Apparel.
10:00 AM – Just sifted through sample’s (majority tops, T-shits, jackets, wovens, hoodies, ect.) now detailing color ways and delivery dates.
11:00 AM – Still detailing men’s.
12:00 PM – Working Men’s Denim. Awesome treatments!
1:00 PM – Working Women’s intimates and resort bathing suits.
2:30 PM – Finished up Diesel Holiday/Pre-Spring Buy.
3:00 PM – Came to Mexican Restaurant to eat prior to our flight.
3:45 PM – On the way to LAX.
4:00 PM – Arrived at the airport, working on laptop before flight.
5:00 PM – Flight taking off – have my own row, am exhausted.
6:00 PM – Landed back in Las Vegas!