Our fabulous buyer Nicky is the head honcho when it comes to making sure we have the most exciting, memorable gifts for you and your little ones – but what exactly goes on behind her mysterious desk? It’s high time we found out…
Nicky, how are you today?
I’m great as always, yourself?
I’m doing just fine. Tell me, what does a typical day look like for you?
If there is such a thing as a typical day…I usually review sales with our merchandiser Sophie to see which products have been popular with customers and which ones we could give a bit more exposure to. Then the rest of the day might involve research and development with suppliers and our warehouse, data analysis, approving samples, placing orders, chasing orders, and so much more…
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing our products come to life in the photoshoots we hold with gorgeous little models. Having handled the products in our office for so long, this is usually a real treat.
Outside of work, what do you love buying the most?
I looove buying handbags – especially when I’m pushed for time (i.e. always) as I can order them online without having to try them on first.
Your bag collection is indeed legendary. What first interested you in a career as a buyer?
Well I’ve always loved fashion and retail, and I started my career off in merchandising, but after working in that environment and seeing first hand what both roles entailed, I knew my passion was in buying.
One memory that sticks out in my mind is going to see WFF wrestling with my family and sitting right at the front of the audience. Suddenly a pair of wrestlers called The Bushwhackers came on, and their thing was to lick fans on the way to ring – of course I got licked on the face. I instantly burst into tears, but looking back now it always makes me smile.
And what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mechanic – just like Charlene from Neighbours.
Is your current job similar to that at all?
I would love to go on a safari, as I adore seeing animals in the wild. I’d also like to try the Total Wipeout course (I’m practising with One True Grit at the moment), and maybe see a Formula 1 race so I can cheer on Lewis Hamilton.
That sounds amazing. What do you secretly get up to when the kids aren’t around?
It is a rarity that they’re not causing havoc in the house – but when I do get a moment to myself I immediately take control of the remote so I can catch up on one of my guilty pleasures – Keeping up with the Kardashians.
And finally – as a Game of Thrones fan, would compare yourself more to Catelyn Stark, or Daenerys Targaryen?
Definitely Daernerys – though thankfully my own brood are a bit less destructive than her dragons.
Good answer. Thanks for your time Nicky – we look forward to seeing what you buy next!