Allyssa Buckner

Fashion Marketing & Management

Brand Ambassador for Banana Republic
The Art Institute of Michigan

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My leadership and entrepreneurship class [at The Art institute of Michigan] really made me open up as a leader in my position—especially when managers aren't around or when managers are needing help. Allyssa Buckner , Brand Ambassador for Banana Republic
Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising , 2015 , The Art Institute of Michigan

Brand Ambassador for Banana Republic

Allyssa Bucker is a brand ambassador for Banana Republic. She’s a jewelry specialist who serves clients by styling products in-store. Her day starts early—at 5 am. She organizes shipments and stocks the floor, then begins visual merchandising prior to the store’s 10 am opening. Allyssa also creates window displays—then sells and styles from 10 am until 2 pm.

Allyssa adds that she’s excited to be making at impact at Banana Republic. “[The brand] is all about denim, basic tees, and nudes. Now we're getting colors and nobody knows what to do with them. So I placed the colors in front for more store traffic. The impact I'm making is positive, because it’s bringing in more customers and different faces. People love color.” She proudly admits that just seven months into her current position, she was given an award for her hard work and sales success.

She describes a time that she had “sketchers block," where she couldn’t envision anything to design. To get past creative blocks, she drives to the beach and takes pictures. “I also visit the museums in downtown Detroit to be influenced by modern art and historical art. [This brings] me my stories in my clothing or my second loves—painting and music.” Allyssa believes that staying positive and focused helps her to succeed. “If it’s music, drawing, dancing, yoga, or animation that are your passion, do those things to calm yourself. Stay positive and motivated. Do something you love to make your mind clear.”

Allyssa, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising from The Art Institute of Michigan, says that her education provided insights into the real world of retail. “The leadership and entrepreneurship class really made me open up as a leader in my position, [especially when] managers aren't around or when managers are needing help.” She is challenged to keep growing in her profession because she sees different companies and brands that are looking for certain types of designs and creativity. “I believe I have that. My designs deserve to be shared with the world.”

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