Sydney Hansen | Merchandising Internship Blog Interview

Name: Sydney Hansen

Where are you from? I’m originally from central Wisconsin but have been living here in Knoxville since my family moved down about four years ago!

School/Major? I’m currently a sophomore at Auburn University studying Apparel Merchandising paired with a Business Minor.

Zodiac sign: Taurus!

Favorite Brands: Free People, For Love & Lemons, DAYDREAMER, and so many more!

Describe your Style: I’m definitely a girly girl, and I think it shows through what I wear on a daily basis. I love to fully embrace my femininity through what I wear and create trendy, yet chic looks.

Favorite Influencer: I’m obsessed with Danielle Bernstein!

Interests: I love spending time with friends and family, traveling, and staying active.

All-Time Favorite Movie: I’m more of a tv series kind of girl- Gossip Girl is my all-time favorite but All American is my recent obsession!

Song of the week: I can’t stop listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, Folklore!

Coffee/Tea Order: I am a coffee addict! My current go-to’s are the vanilla sweet cream cold brew from Starbucks or just an iced vanilla latte with oat/almond milk from any local coffee shop.

Snack/Sweet Treat of choice: Anything dark chocolate!

Internship Takeaways + Learned Experiences: During my time as an intern at Elyse Wilde I developed a much better understanding for how the buying and merchandising process works for a store. You don’t realize how much time, thought, and attention to detail goes into picking the perfect pieces for your store and figuring out how to display them in a way that looks amazing, yet is inviting to customers, until you see the process first-hand!

Favorite Part of Your Internship: I had so much fun watching the fall/winter 2020-2021 trend reports, and taking inspiration from those to help be involved with the buying process for fall and winter pieces for the store. It was really cool seeing sneak peaks for what’s next in fashion!

What Do You Wish We Could Have Spent More Time On? I wish I would have been around a bit longer so I could have been more involved with the buying and merchandising process for the expansion into kid’s and men’s clothing!

Life Goals: To be surrounded by people I love while doing what I love, and to me, that means a life full of family, fashion, and traveling!

Career Goals: I hope to work on the buying or merchandising side of fashion, and would love to open my own company someday as well!

Dream Job: Being a stylist for celebrities in New York City!

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