Name: Gavin Gage
Job Title: Apparel Buying Manager Sportsgirl
Did you always know you wanted to work in the Fashion Industry?
Most Definitely, It's always been a passion of mine and I've been able to be involved in fashion all my career.
What was your first job in fashion?
My first role after completing an "Associate diploma in fashion design and production" at the Gordon College in Geelong was at a company called Peter Austin Clothing. It was as an assistant product developer working on labels as diverse as Sportsgirl, Myer Miss Shop, East Coast, Target and K Mart.
Do you have a qualification? If yes, is it related to the role you have now?
As above, it really gave me the basics of the industry from a grass roots level and the necessary skills to enter into the industry at a junior level. As always you learn so much on the job and along your career.
Can you run us through the steps you took in gaining the role you have now?
My background was product development and working very closely with retailers. An opportunity presented itself as a buyer for Sportsgirl after working in a number of product development roles and after much consideration and pushing I threw my hat into the ring. I was successful, worked as a buyer for Sportsgirl for 5 years and then onto buying manager 3 years ago.
What is the highlight of your job?
Working with the most amazing team and brand. Sportsgirl is a label that holds so much for many people and to be able to be a part of that on a daily basis is inspiring.
What is your one piece of advice for people looking for a Product Developer/Buyer role in the Fashion industry?
Work hard, take on any opportunity that presents itself, learn from those in the industry and respect the knowledge that many in the industry can impart.
Who is your icon in the fashion industry and why?
Naomi Milgrom Executive Chair and CEO of the Sussan Group and Elle Roseby CEO of Sportsgirl, they both have such a vision and passion and are such an inspiration. They are both down to earth, giving of their time, support and leadership which helps to be the best you can be.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
At Sportsgirl. It's often difficult when you work at a brand you have always wanted to be at, love working for and believe in the vision. A tall order for anyone's career and thankfully I have that.