Continuing what we started last week, we’re looking forward to introducing you to each of the members of the ECCO team that help make the store as great as it is. Last time we introduced you to Melissa, and this week we’d like to tell you a little more about our Store Manager and Buyer extraordinaire, Marissa. A huge reason why we have so many of the styles that you love – Marissa also gives us the inside scoop on her favorite Burlington destinations, hidden talents, and some of the perks involved with being a fashion buyer.
ECCO Boutique: So how long have you been working at ECCO, and what is it about this job that makes you love it?
Marissa: I’ve worked at ECCO for going on four and a half years now, and one of the best parts of the job is the variety. Obviously I love the clothes and the creativity that comes with being involved in deciding what fashions we will bring into the store each season – but one of the best parts is the variety. From creating ads, to selling, to creating unique displays, there’s always something to do. Something new and exciting going on each day.
EB: Can you tell a little about what goes into buying clothes for the store?
M: When we’re buying for upcoming seasons, we go into New York City and meet with our regular brand representatives and designers. We look at what they’re showing for the next season, and really try to see what would work best for our customers and clientele back home. Next we always try to go around and see what innovative options other people are working with and what styles will be on trend in upcoming seasons. We try to pick up a new brand or two and really get immersed in the culture.
EB: Besides being able to get first looks at all the new designs, are there other perks that come with being a buyer for a boutique?
M: Occasionally we’re wined and dined by some of the designers, which we definitely aren’t complaining about!
EB: After a long day, where are you headed to go and grab a drink?
M: Lately, I just can’t get enough of Juniper in Hotel Vermont. They have such great food and drinks, and I love the atmosphere there!
EB: How about for a Sunday Brunch, any favorite spots?
M: The Farmhouse has a really great brunch – and I always get the same thing. Eggs Benedict – can’t mess with a classic.
EB: What is your favorite brand in the shop, and an item that you just knew you had to have?
M: My favorite brand is probably J Brand jeans. I love their styles and they always fit just right. As for an item that I just had to have – there are literally too many items – basically I love them all, that’s a big reason of why we bring them in!
EB: And lastly, how about any hidden talents that we might not know about?
M: I’m a writer – I love to write poetry.
Marissa is wearing: Chinese Laundry shoes // Citizens of Humanity rocket high rise coated jeans // Michael Stars NY State of Mind tank // Joe’s Jeans flannel shirt // June leather jacket.
Special Thanks to Jacob at Burlington Records for letting us come in and shoot.
Come in and get to know more about Marissa, all of our fantastic staff, and their favorite fashions here at ECCO. Located at 81 Church Street in downtown Burlington. Open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10AM – 9PM, and Sunday from 11AM – 6PM.