Yandy’s Pilar Quintana
Above: Yandy’s Pilar Quintana, Vice President of Merchandising.
“After working as a buyer in the lingerie industry for a few years, I fell in love. I actually fell in love with the industry as a whole…To this day, I’m still as passionate as I was on my first day on the job.” – Pilar Quintana, Yandy.com.
Weaving her passion for lingerie, creativity, buying experience and product development skills, Yandy’s Pilar Quintana is one of the creative forces shaping the popular online lingerie retailer, Yandy.com.
If you’re a fan of the eBoutique’s lingerie and swimwear collections, Pilar is most likely one of the key figures at Yandy responsible for bringing those pieces to life. So wanted to share with our readers more of Pilar’s background and her work with Yandy with this intimate Q&A:
Q&A with Yandy’s Pilar Quintana, VP of Merchandising
Pilar, could you give our readers some insights about your role at Yandy?
I am the Vice President of Merchandising. I handle and oversee anything product related which includes buying, images, design, product development, product content, photoshoots, and all things exclusive to the Yandy brand. I have a great Merchandising team who are great at what they do and take pride in their specific areas and I’m so grateful for that.
We’d love to hear about your background! Could you tell us a bit about where you studied and worked in the past?
I’m born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and I am a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. One year out of school I was hired as the Swim/Active Wear Assistant Buyer with Dillards Department stores. I graduated from their Executive Training program and eventually was promoted to Juniors Separates Buyer then later became the Juniors Collections Buyer. I got to handle some pretty big brands at a young age, Byer, Roxy, Nike, Adidas, and Hurley, to name a few. Later, I worked for a chain of stores based in Phoenix which had an array of adult and lingerie products. They had 18 stores and I was responsible for purchasing all of the apparel for each store. It was quite an experience and I literally fell in love with the lingerie industry.
Above: style from Yandy’s Everyday Sexy Bras collection.
Did you have a passion for intimate apparel when you started out did that come later?
When I first started in the fashion industry I never thought I would end up in lingerie. It was never my passion. I was always a “Ready-to-Wear” kind of girl. After working as a buyer in the lingerie industry for a few years, I fell in love. I actually fell in love with the industry as a whole. I loved the product, the people, how it kept changing and how it was emerging as no longer a taboo. To this day, I’m still as passionate as I was on my first day on the job.
What drew you to Yandy?
I was drawn to Yandy because I knew it was a growing company with great, young entrepreneurs as owners. Not to mention it was a local company that was born right out of my hometown. I knew everyone in the industry and it was an easy transition. Working for an online only company where I no longer got to play with samples and had to concentrate on imagery took a little time. I still love to touch samples, it’s just something that will always be in me.
Above and from left: Yandy’s Charley Clemens and Pilar Quintana.
What would you say is the best part about working at Yandy?
Well, I love my job and I love the fact that I get to use my product development skills as well as my buying experience. It’s been rewarding and challenging. Most of all, I love the people and that fact that we have come so far so fast! The Yandy team laughs all day and works even harder. We are all passionate about the site and the company as a whole. Everyone has ownership in their areas and together we make Yandy go round. Whether its IT, Customer Service, Warehouse, Marketing, or Merchandising, it takes a village. We have come such a long way in the past few years. It’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come. I’m eager to see what is in store for us next.
There have been some major new roll outs, programs and collections this year at Yandy, could you walk us through how you’ve worked on each one and your roles?
This has been a big year for Yandy. We not only rolled out our biggest swim collection to date but we also introduced our line of Everyday Sexy Bras. These have been some big, year-long project. To see them be so successful has been literally amazing and so rewarding. I oversaw both projects. I touched every fabric, print, silhouette and approved each style in our swim collection. It is literally my baby. Each year our swim gets bigger and better. It has been really exciting. The Everyday Sexy Bras have been a goal for Yandy for years. It was up to me to make sure we had the styles, the fabric, the colors and the trends that our customers wanted. I’m very pleased with the response that the collection has received. Plus, you really can’t beat our prices!
Above and from left: Elena Serape One-piece Swimsuit and Magdalena Serape Bikini.
How do you get involved in the creative design process? Are there any specific pieces that we can trace back to your ideas?
I’m really involved in the entire process. The Swim Collection has a ton of influence from me which came from my heritage and different things that have inspired me. My family is the most important thing to me. We based a whole group with a Mexican-inspired Serape print, for example, to tie back into my Mexican roots.
Above and from left: Veronica Crochet Bikini and Ruby One-piece Bikini.
I named each piece in the Serape collection after a member of my family, an Arizona name or the city my family came from in Mexico. I also drew a ton of inspiration from the woman in my family and named other swimsuits within the collection after them as well.
This swimsuit is named after my Grandmother while this piece is named after the town my family is from in Mexico. And this suit is named after my sassy mother, Ruby. This suit is named after my cousin Veronica.
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