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The Insiders: Korryn Bentley, Senior Homewares Buyer

Staying on top of the latest and bringing to life the trends of the season, our team of buyers scour the globe for special pieces for your home. Freedom Senior Homewares Buyer Korryn Bentley’s job is just that; hunting down and selecting beautiful items from all corners of the world to bring to our stores.

Today we chat with Korryn about her job and what goes on in the inside at Freedom.

In five words, describe your role with Freedom.
I am the Senior Homewares Buyer at Freedom. As well as selecting homewares products for the Freedom Stores, seasonally we come up with a new creative direction for products in the business and it is my job to analyze the trends we see in homes, on blogs, through fashion and at international trade fairs to come up with this direction. (Sorry, not five words).

What’s your favourite part of your job?
I love seeing product I have bought for the business in homes and secretly knowing the backstories to them all. I recently visited a friends mothers house where I saw half their house decked out with Freedom product, before long I  found myself telling everyone stories of how this and that product gets made in mass production. I’m a huge geek when I visit suppliers, I like to know every step of the process for how things are made.

How did you get started as a buyer?
I studied a degree in Textiles when I finished high school and my first job out of university was working with one of Sydney’s oldest textile studios. I painted textile patterns for years, but I always wanted to be part of the development process with suppliers and I was lucky enough to step into a Product Development Role. All my career I have worked with developing products, it is my real passion.

What’s the worst part of your job?
I travel a lot for work, and as glamorous as that sounds it also means no food in the fridge and limited clean clothes at my house.

Travel is a big part of your role – where’s your favourite place to go?
Hands down India – it is amass of colours and textures – it feels like my second home these days, I’m usually the one telling the taxi drivers the directions for where we are going.

Your weirdest work experience?
Some of the food I have to eat while travelling is a terrifying thought. But it is just all part of the job!

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