MY TIME WITH RETAIL & LS&CO
This weekend I had my last shift working at the MOA Levi's location. I had a good run with LS & Co. as my first retail job. I was there long enough to learn a lot and gain experience as to what working in the world of retail is like and what the in's and outs of a well stated brand are.
Let me start with the ugly side of retail by stating that costumer's are not always right. People will be rude, ask for too much, and your job as a sales associate is not always fun. I can't tell you guys how many times I had experiences with customers who expected me to literally do it all for them, carry their purse, their shopping bags, and if I described a product different from what they expected or said we didn't have an item in stock there was a good chance that they would get furious with me or simply get an attitude and walk out. It's not all bad though.
As bad as some costumers can be, there are costumers worth helping out. I had more positive experiences than bad ones and I can tell you that it's quite rewarding hearing a sincere "Thank you" after helping someone find something that fits during their shopping trip. Shopping successfully for some can be really hard, so that's where sales associates come in. They make things easier but never forget that they're trying to help you. A job that can't be done successfully without your help, it's a two way street. Be polite and and be ready to give new things a try. Not all stores work on commission, at least Levi's didn't so whatever we said to costumers whether they looked good in our jeans or not, we meant it.
For those of you looking to work retail, I would recommend giving the good old LS & Co. a try, it's a company where you learn everything there is to know about denim and fashion. Styling for a variety of body types, shapes and sizes is taught to you. The company doesn't call their sales personnel sales associates, they are stylists. I took great pride in that. Those of you who didn't know, my job at Levi's was one of the main things that brought Visual Vitaliti to life. As much as I love fashion and feel like I have a keen sense of what works and what doesn't style wise, half of that knowledge came from my job at Levi's.
I'm aware that the one message the fashion industry brings across the loudest is that it's out to tear anyone down who's not skinny, or 5'7" and taller when it comes to women. There are far more fashion brands catering to that audience than curvy, petite, or slim individuals with simply an average body type. For guys it's the same thing, if you're not 6'0" tall, muscular and toned than you're not hot enough. That's all bullshit. Fashion is for everyone. I am not writing this post to tell you all to go work for Levi's or advertising them, but I do appreciate that their jeans fit me better than any brand I've tried before. They make an attempt to cater to everyone, and they also try to care for our planet by using different techniques and resources to make their jeans. My hope for the fashion industry as a style lover and blogger is that it becomes more sustainable in the future, as well as friendly to anyone seeking wardrobe pieces worth having not just a select audience. I'll miss my team at the MOA, and working for this brand but I am also excited to see what life has in store for me next, and can't wait to start my next adventure.
The jeans in the photo are various pairs of the ones I own it's not from Levi's.com but if you guys have any denim questions feel free to send them my way! Don't forget to subscribe below.
Good vibes, always