Fashion Merchandising & Marketing Alumna Runs Online Inventory at Rue La La

Fashion Merchandising and Marketing alumna Justine Lemoine ’08 had a longtime dream of working in e-commerce for the retail industry. Today, she is the Manager of Merchandise Programming at Rue La La, an exclusive online community that offers premier-brand sales from their online boutique, headquartered in Boston. Before landing her current gig, Lemoine also worked at The TJX Companies, Inc., Talbots, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Balancing Business & Design

“The professors I had with real-life retail experience were a true inspiration for jumpstarting my career path,” stated Lemoine. “The balance of design and business classes within the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing program has definitely helped me excel in the analysis portion of my job, as well as the creative side of the position.”

As a Manager of Merchandise Programming, Lemoine is responsible for running the company’s residual inventory by collaborating with event production, merchandising and planning to create various events on the website. From her previous on-campus involvement in the Student Merchandisers and Marketers Association; she learned how to stay up-to-date on current fashion events and was exposed to other industry professionals.

Advice to New Graduates

“Have the drive and ambition to use the tools Mount Ida has provided you with, so you can get where you need to go,” added Lemoine. “Networking is a key element and it’s never too early to start making connections. Take the time at Mount Ida to get to know your professors and peers on a professional level because it’s always helpful to have an advocate when job searching.”

Lemoine’s proudest accomplishment at our college was receiving the Dorothea Taylor Memorial Award for History of Fashion and Costume during Senior Week. She is passionate about the fashion topic, which applies to her position. In the future, Lemoine hopes to continue working in the e-commerce side of retail and plans to grow her career to the executive level.