Even The Best Can Be Better! 

Even The Best Can Be Better! 

Hi, again! I hope your past couple of weeks have been wonderful!

Just to dive right in to it . . . Today the Buying and Design Team of SELECTED Femme/Homme had a TEAM DAY on Campus! You’re wondering what is Campus?!N.Cromartie Campu In 21 characters, Campus is home to the IBT Tryouts :), the site for educational training’s for BESTSELLER, with amazing chefs that cook divine food!

Back on topic :)… the joy of being a part of this eight-hour event today was the ability to surround myself with knowledge-sharing people.  As much as I wanted to give my thoughts as a
Trainee (which is always welcomed), I felt today was the perfect day to “sponge learn”. Here are few thoughts and take-a-ways absorbed , that may help you once you join your future brand and team:

N.Cromartie Communication1. Communication – is a three-way connection— A. My perspective, B. Your Perspective of interest, and C. The Common Topic: The IBT Program Experience, which naturally grows relationships!  Communication requires respect for each others perspectives. 

2. Even The Best Can Be Better – this golden nugget means exactly the way you read it!  This will always guide my today, and challenge my tomorrow.  I hope it does the same for you.

3. Sustainability – one of my motivations for applying for the IBT Program in 2016! BESTSELLER’s vision is “to be among the most sustainable high street fashion companies” by implementing 20By20 ( meaning 20 Goals- targeting areas like, Supply Chain Management, Workers Rights (in Supplier factories), Communities, Products, and Environment & Chemicals by 2020)! Future fashion = sustainability awareness and action.

By far, my favorite take-a-way today was “Even The Best Can Be Better.” This embraces the other two areas above, which challenges me to better my communication style with others within this diverse workplace: while, learning how I can help make our sustainability goals a reality as a Buying trainee.  Moreover, I really enjoyed another day of being a student! The learning never stops. 🙂

More to come, so just let me know if you have any more questions, comments, or just want to know more specifics. I’m here for you!

Lastly, if you are interested in knowing more tips before you apply for the IBT 2017 Program , please check one of my fellow IBT’s blog post, Applying for IBT? Here Are Some Tips by Anna Gyetvai



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5 responses to “Even The Best Can Be Better! ”

  1. Dia says:


    First, should i call you NaKena or Cromartie? What do you prefer?
    Secondly, you are absolutely right – sustainabilty should not be a trend – like put a label with *eco* or ‘sustainable’ on it, and drive your sales up -, it is a core value. Even though there might be some obstacles in making outsourced fashion more fair, I believe in sustainable apparel 🙂

    Looking forward to the next post!


    • Shirley says:

      You are such an inspiration to us all here in the states! I wish you all the success in the world. May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors. I am so very proud of the young woman you have become.

      Love Always,

      Your Mom

      • Nakena Cromartie says:

        Hey Mama,

        Thank you, dad, and the family for the endless support!:) Miss you all more than you can imagine, but I am glad that my journey can serve as an inspiration to others. We just have to have “mustard seed” faith and believe in ourselves, no matter what!

        See you all in July, and talk you in the coming day!

        Love you,

        NaKena <3

    • Nakena Cromartie says:

      Hi Dia!

      I sincerely apologize for the delay. You can call me NaKena; sometimes, I find it easier to type my last name. 🙂 Yes, I’m completely in agreement. After this Team Day, it motivated me to see what ways I can position and educate myself to aid our efforts in moving towards a “more sustainable” direction. There is more to come from BESTSELLER, and I hope to be included! The next post is in progress, but should be ready by this week. 🙂


      NaKena Cromartie

  2. Alexandra Bush says:

    Hi NaKena,

    I am also an American applying for an IBT sourcing position. What advice can you give specifically about interviewing for sourcing? Do you interview with the same brand manager in the third interview that you did in the second? What do you think helped you stand out in the third interview?

    I really appreciate the insight!


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