Prepare seasonal consumer catalogues. Prepare in-depth trend reports for the merchants. Work with the internal visual team. Plan and negotiate for windows. Seek out and identify new talent. Check fearfulness at the door. It all falls under the watch of Stephanie Solomon, Bloomingdale’s operating vice president/fashion director for ready-to-wear, and the women’s fashion office she oversees. “It differs day to day,” Solomon offered simply of the far-flung responsibilities. “Which is why I love my job.”
For all her varied tasks, Solomon has a clear and singular goal: to further Bloomingdale’s position as “a unique leader” of fashion’s global landscape. That mandate, she maintains, has not changed “an iota” in the 27 years since she joined the fashion office, then headed by the legendary Kal Ruttenstein. “The Bloomingdale’s brand as a place to fantasize, have fun, escape has stayed the same. Everything else may have changed, but the excitement, the energy level, have not. There’s always a feeling of exhilaration when you walk into Bloomingdale’s.”
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