Name: Jordan Lausch
FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development
FIDM Grad Year: June 2014
Company: Urban Outfitters (URBN Inc.)
Title: Product Development Assistant
Tell us a little about yourself: I'm inspired by the ocean and the great outdoors in general. I'm an avid antiquer. I make dream catchers in my spare time.
Where are you working? I work at URBN Inc. Home Office in Philadelphia, PA. I am currently working for the Urban Outfitters brand as a product development assistant for both men's and women's sweaters. Every single day is different and inspiring at Urban. Most of my time is spent communicating directly to our vendors overseas about yarns that we are sourcing, styles that are being developed, and costing. This information then gets translated back to our design, production, and buying teams.
How did you find out about the job opportunity? I began working with URBN at a store level when I started at FIDM in San Diego. I started as a sales associate at Anthropologie in La Jolla and was quickly promoted to the position of resident personal shopper. I then made a move to Los Angeles to finish my time at FIDM which lined up with an opportunity to be part of the opening team of BHLDN (Anthropologie's bridal sister brand) in Beverly Hills. It was through the store opening that I was able to pick the brains of several Home Office employees and I was later introduced the the Product Development recruiter at URBN. The rest is history.
How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you are doing now? My past classes at FIDM translate directly into my position now. FIDM has also granted me with the skill set to fully understand the design and garment construction processes. Connections made with instructors were (and continue to be) very important to me as I navigate this industry.
How did you decide on your major at FIDM? I chose Product Development because I wanted the opportunity equally learn the business and creative sides of the industry. Product Development is an extremely well-rounded major.
Looking back, which classes at FIDM were most valuable to you? Sourcing materials is a large part of my job here at Urban and I find myself referring back to my Production and Sourcing Strategies class that I took during my last quarter at FIDM. I also keep my Textile Science swatch book on my desk for easy fiber and stitch reference.
Any advice for current FIDM Students? Work, work, work. Even if that means flipping burgers at In-n-Out (I miss you, In-n-Out!!). A full resume always trumps an empty one.
What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal right now is to furnish my new, historic apartment in Old City Philadelphia, and to continue to grow with URBN.
Anything else you’d like to share? See what inspires me and scenes from the office by following me on Instagram (@jordlausch) or by taking a gander at my blog, www.jjorrdan.tumblr.com.