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Katie Topel

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design



Company/Organization: Coach Outlet
Company/Organization website: http://www.Coach.com
Destination: Johnson Creek, Wisconsin
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
* Assessed weekly reports in order to fulfill merchandising needs and properly showcase key items * Collaborated with cross functional team members to develop individual action plans for each store * Created monthly floor sets for rollouts, updated stores with merchandising documents, and styled mannequin

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was setting up an entire floor set for the store by myself. I got to work with corporate to improve the stores visuals.

I learned...
The greatest lessons learned from my experience were to be innovative with what you are given, and to always stay true to your brand. Brand image is what allows you to be noticed by your customers, so make sure your visuals mimic this.

Advice for others...
Push your limits within your experience. Ask for more responsibilities, so that you can learn and grow.

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