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Mohammed Samba

Senior Product Manager- Buyer | IFM Alumni | ex Zara
About

Senior Buyer and Product Manager, passionnated about fashion, versatile and trilingual with 10 years experience within the textile industry at a global scale.

Previous Brands
Inditex
Institut Français de la Mode
V.Stella
viahands Co., Ltd
COMME des GARÇONS
agnès b. Sunrise
agnès b.
Merci
Institut Français de la Mode
Work Experience
CREATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEACHER
Nov ‘23 - Nov ‘23
Institut Français de la Mode

• Teaching project management for the creative industries. • Classes focused on retail and creative strategies. • Teaching in English to a class of 90 students.

SENIOR BUYER - RTW PRODUCT MANAGER (DIRECTED BY KARL TEMPLER)
Jun ‘15 - Feb ‘23
Inditex

Product Development: • Monitoring the development of prototypes from first sample to production launch. • Participating to fittings, providing feedbacks to suppliers for prototype correction. • Proposing improvements to optimise garment construction, costs, and production timelines. • Developing trimmings, details, and finishes, and creating color ranges. • Selecting and developing fabrics with suppliers (Italian, Japanese, Korean, French ...). • Ensuring technical control of styles (spec sheets, techincal pack, fittings, feedback, etc.). • Collaborating with pattern makers to finalize prototypes and participating in fittings. Buying, Negociation and Sourcing : • Negotiating prices/deadlines alligned with the established timeline and sending P/O. • Sourcing materials, trimmings, and manufacturers (trade-shows, factory visits). • Daily monitoring of sales and stocks to anticipate repeat orders and supply shortages. Key Figures : •Premium collection directed by Fashion Stylist Karl Templer (Sacai, Dior, Bottega Veneta...). • Managing ± 200 SKUs per season. • Seasonal budget: ±30 million € for a production of ±3 million units. • Product ranges: Outerwear, Woven, Leather, Jersey. • Production markets : Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, China, Vietnam. • Portfolio of 100+ prestigious suppliers including Lyria, Manteco, Shibaya, Polartec, Soktas, YKK, Silsa...

Student - Postgraduate Fashion, Design and Luxury Program
Sep ‘14 - Aug ‘15
Institut Français de la Mode

Assistant Wholesale
Jun ‘14 - Jul ‘14
COMME des GARÇONS

Buyer Assistant
Dec ‘13 - Jun ‘14
V.Stella

The V.Stella shop will open the 1st June 2014 in Aobadai, the trendy spot of Nakameguro in Tokyo, close to the Meguro River. This selectshop has a special membership system, to access the store the customers need to be member or to have an appointment. The store will house the following brands: Damir Doma, AMI by Alexandre Mattuissi, MSGM, Tillman Lauterbach and 22/4. Next season will be added : Maison Martin Margiela, Thom Browne, Balmain, Lanvin, Haider Ackermann ... As the V.Stella Assistant Buyer, my mission is to ensure the smooth running of the week fashion week for my clients. My role is to contact the brands to get invitations to fashion shows and showrooms, leading to purchases. Depending on the case, I sometimes join Japanese representatives directly (Bluebell, TFCJapan, Coronet ... ) in charge of the distribution in Japan. I had the opportunity to accompany my clients to the runway and showrooms to help and advice them in their purchases. I bring my expertise on brands and products targeted by V.Stella. Thus, in collaboration with the Japanese teams, I realize a precise schedule for runway, showroom appointments and tradeshows (Tranoï, Man, Capsule), to avoid problems of time. In parallel, I deal with practical issues relating to the residence of the Japanese team during Fashion Week : booking the flight tickets and hotel, while respecting the budget set by the clients.

Sales Manager
Jan ‘14 - Jan ‘14
viahands Co., Ltd

• Managing the distribution and Public relations between France and Japan of 5 brands • Commercial Implantation in Europe for HUM&RAWER, a young Japanese men’s brand • Prospecting new shops for our clients and making a buyer database • Coordination and communication between french brands and our Japanese team

Marketing Assistant
Jun ‘13 - Sep ‘13
agnès b. Sunrise

Art Gallery Assistant
Jan ‘11 - Jan ‘13
agnès b.

• Exhibition "Jeune Fille dans la ville" (Young Girl in the city)

Sales Assistant
Jan ‘13 - Jan ‘13
Merci

• Sales Assistant for men's wear department (Comme des Garçons Shirt, Post Overalls, Bleu de Paname, Isaora, ...)

Languages
English - Fluent
French - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Full-time
Employment Preference
Permanent Positions
Education & Training
Institut Français de la Mode
‘14 - ‘15
Postgraduate Fashion, Design and Luxury Program
Université Paris-Sorbonne
‘08 - ‘12
History of Art
Paris, France