Kimberley Walker – Buyer & Merchandiser GlobeIn
WE are COCO
Your brand mentor, Kimberley has been a seasoned buyer and brand manager for almost a decade, working across both bricks and mortar retail and direct-to-consumer E-commerce. Having been trained in fashion design, she enjoys marrying creative thinking with commercial thinking and driving impactful execution. Kimberley has experience purchasing, launching and managing products and brands across the APAC and US markets.
Kimberley specializes in fashion accessories and footwear, with some home goods experience. She can advise in areas such as reviewing product assortments, go-to-market strategies for fashion start-ups, launching new brands and helping brands establish their unique point of view.
Kimberley is passionate about brands that push boundaries when it comes to adding function to design, as well as companies that think beyond the sale of their product. For example, brands building in and considering the sustainability impact of their product development, as well as brands that incorporate positive social impact into their business model.
Kimberley is excited to meet the next emerging designers and brand innovators, and help guide them to grow into brand leaders!
What you can expect from your time with Kimberley:
- Range planning, optimization
- Collection curation
- Brand + Product Strategy
- Product development
- Product lifecycle management
- Go-to-market strategy
- Sales analysis
- Pricing architecture
- Social impact and sustainability
- Retail + wholesale buying
- Scaling handmade goods and small-batch production
- Subscription + pre-sale business modelling
Andrea Selvi, joins WE are COCO from Milan, Italy where he is acting Menswear Buying Manager, with 20 years of international experience in the fashion industry.
Andrea graduated in Economics in 2000 at University of Trieste, he participated to post-graduated program at Institut Français de la Mode in Paris.
“After the pandemic, the global fashion system as we know it, will change, and WE are COCO, provide the resources and expertise to help brands to navigate the future of fashion and rethink the process.”
Andrea Selvi, LuisaVia Roma Spa
He started his career in London at Richemont group then he moved back to Paris where he used to manage different roles: product management, buying and merchandising for international companies (Dior, Le Bon Marché, Façonnable) and now is in coordinating the global Menswear Buying for the concept store Luisa via Roma, based in Florence.
WE are COCO is pleased to welcome Cristo Stuart to is Board of Global Fashion Mentors.
Cristo Stuart is a luxury accessories Buyer at Harrods with over 10 years experience. After a year and a half of interning as a fashion assistant; Cristo worked hard to secure a job on the shop floor as a sales associate of Harrods with Bottega Veneta progressing with the company, Over the span of 7 years he became the retail buyer/merchandiser for the UK and France. Directly operated store network covering all categories: Leather goods, RTW, Shoes, Jewellery, Fragrance, Sunglasses.
In August 2020 Cristo returned to Harrods, this time as Buyer for Luxury Accessories covering a remit of bags and other leather goods including the world's biggest brands. Cristo is experienced in both individual brand and multi-brand structures with expertise in bricks & mortar, online and travel retail. Cristo is a product fanatic obsessed with detail and with advanced knowledge.
“More than ever the industry is ferociously competitive. WE are COCO provides a platform for connection with seasoned professionals who can act as a reliable voice for guidance and feedback to help brands stand out from the crowd. “ – Christo Stuart - Buyer, Harrods
WE are COCO are pleased to welcome Charlotte Williams to its board of mentors. Charlotte Williams over 7 years’ experience and has worked her way up within a merchandising role, Charlotte took the decision four years ago to follow her passion for product and made a move into buying. This has enabled her to acquire a well-rounded skill set within both divisions which helps to inform professional decisions on a daily basis and to grow the departments she is responsible for.
Charlotte currently manages a £25m per season department which plans and executes 3000 SKUs. She has also strategized and built relationships with over 100 suppliers to launch gifting and beauty on the Outlet department which now turns over £4m per season.
“My favourite part of being a buyer is discovering smaller brands just starting out on their journey and collaborating using my years of experience and product knowledge to grow and develop the brand. This is why I have decided to join WE are COCO as there is nothing more rewarding than watching a brand flourish which I have had a direct impact on.” - Charlotte Williams, ASOS, Senior Assistant Buyer.