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Alex Smith

Location
United Kingdom
Main Contact
Alex Smith
Tel: +44 (0)20 7739 7692

Key products/services

Consultant on ethical and sustainable business practices. Fashion Stylist, Colour and Image Consultant, Buying and Product Development Consultant.


Profile

Alex Smith has 19 years Multiple Fashion retailing experience, 16 at Buyer level or above, most recently as New Product Buying Manager for Oxfam’s sustainable fashion boutiques. Prior to this she worked for blue chip fashion retailers including Etam, River Island and Oasis.
Alex has worked on a broad range of clothing and accessory categories sourced from the Far East, India, Europe and the UK. Working on production structures, including direct, agent importing and CMT, Alex has incorporated product design, development and sourcing processes, critical path systems, quality and assurance testing standards and liaison with marketing/PR functions for bricks and mortar and online retail channels.
She has worked extensively with new student graduate businesses and further education institutions, small businesses and importers for overseas factory units or cooperatives, internal retail and ethical compliance and external PR functions.
Alex now offers consultation and project management on the following: ethical policy framework, sustainable strategy, sourcing and business practices, critical path systems & capacity building strategies for sourcing and product development, ethical product development, “design eye” and reading the market including trend research and its translation from an ethical viewpoint. For bigger businesses she also specializes in building systems to meet ethical sourcing criteria, including reviewing existing policies and processes, coaching and training buyers through background building of existing policies to work within new ethical policy framework processes, sourcing and business practices.


Ethical Focus & Policy

Alex now offers consultation and project management on the following: ethical policy framework, sustainable strategy, sourcing and business practices, critical path systems & capacity building strategies for sourcing and product development, ethical product development, “design eye” and reading the market including trend research and its translation from an ethical viewpoint.

For bigger businesses she also specializes in building systems to meet ethical sourcing criteria, including reviewing existing policies and processes, coaching and training buyers through background building of existing policies to work within new ethical policy framework processes, sourcing and business practices.