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Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

Kristin Willhite

JCPenney
Senior Assistant Buyer in Juniors Dresses, Career and Collections

Kristin graduated from Kansas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textiles with a specialization in Apparel Marketing and a minor in Business. During her time at Kansas State she was a Human Ecology Ambassador.

After graduating, Kristin moved to Dallas and worked as a sales associate for Nordstrom for a year.  She then started her career at JCPenney as an E-Commerce Assistant Buyer in Junior’s Apparel and has since progressed to an Enterprise Senior Assistant Buyer for the company. 

Current responsibilities include the following:

  • Strategically build assortment plans to drive department sales and meet margin/inventory goals
  • Analyze retail data at the department, class, and item levels to support business decisions for current and future seasons
  • Foster vendor relationships while negotiating shipping timing, terms, and costing
  • Partner with visual merchandising, marketing, and planning teams to ensure execution of product.

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