Susan M. Peters ’09 travels the globe for fashion. A graduate of Ursuline College’s fashion design program, Peters works as a sourcing specialist at the Abercrombie and Fitch headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Peters has also worked at Marcraft Apparel Group and Anthropologies’ bridal line, BHLDN, in Philadelphia. She has worked with vendors all over the world, traveling to places like India and Guatemala. In July, Peters will move to Seattle to work as a product developer for Nordstrom.
How did you get into this profession?
At Ursuline, I majored in fashion design. During my senior year, I interned at a men’s licensing company called Marcraft Apparel Group in New York. When I was there, I helped merchandise and produce their spring line for the year. I loved it so much, and they offered me a full-time position in production once I graduated. In production, you are still very hands-on with the product and you are able to see it from start to finish.
What’s a typical day like?
Well, no day is ever the same! You may run into similar situations that arise from the vendors domestically or overseas. I work with the teams to make sure that all production is on time and that we meet our cost targets to ensure a healthy mark up.
What did you learn at Ursuline that has helped you in your career?
As a student at Ursuline, I learned many things that help me with my career every day. Learning the basic information of pattern and construction is very prominent. I would also say that I learned a lot about production in general, which enabled me to understand time and action calendars and the production process from start to finish.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is being able to travel and see it all come together! I travel to India and Guatemala often to review the product in line.
Did you ever imagine that you would be doing this kind of work?
Not exactly! While in college my dream was to design women’s formal wear. I used to work for BHLDN, Anthropologie’s sister brand, and that was the closest I would say I was to where I imagined I would have been. I do eventually hope to start my own bridal line.