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ABOUT

 

We conduct global searches
Exclusive to Fashion


From startups to Fortune 500s
we place senior level positions

 
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Identifying top talent is the easy part. Every recruiter should be able to do this. Finding a proper fit requires discernment and skill; a blend of art and science.

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Focus on Fit

We deliver top performing talent, qualified for cultural fit, whose experience and skill set aligns with your strategic goals.

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Tailored Search

Innovative search process. A blend of art and science. We create and execute customized search plans, tailored to each of our client’s unique needs; including culture, size, specific requirements, and circumstances.

Industry Expertise

Our expertise in industry needs, challenges, trends, and leaders allows us to understand the implications of our clients and search positions.

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"Seek to escape blandness and mediocrity."

Dione Bledsoe, Managing Partner and Founder

Dione Bledsoe, Managing Partner and Founder

OUR STORY

Dione Bledsoe founded The Fit in 2009 with a desire to leverage her fashion industry background to help businesses solve a problem, finding a great fit. Knowing that a successful placement is about more than matching a resume to a job description Dione built the firm by developing authentic relationships and practicing a holistic approach to full-cycle recruitment, acknowledging the invaluable chemistry between candidate and company. She now manages a team who reflect the values of The Fit. Authenticity, exceptional service and the pursuit of excellence.

Prior to her search career, she spent 7 years as an agency booker in the fashion modeling industry, booking and placing some of the world’s most recognizable faces and highest paid models, both in the US and globally. She was then recruited by Management Recruiters International, one of the world’s largest search firms, where she led the Apparel and Footwear practice. Active in her community, she served as Fund Development Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Portland. In 2011 and 2012 she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Dione is also a member of Fashion Group International, Two Ten Footwear Foundation, Women in the Footwear Industry (WIFI), Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) and Athletic Outdoor Young Professionals (AOYP).

Ms. Bledsoe is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a BA in Communications. She currently resides in Portland, OR with her beloved Yorkshire terrier, Rooney.

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Find The Fit combines the focus and personal attention of a boutique with the capabilities of a large firm.

What People Are Saying

Great experience working with Dione, will use her again. Dione was professional, prompt, and thorough in her search. She ultimately found a candidate that fit our company culture and had all the experience we were looking for.
Director Sourcing and Development: Apparel and Gloves - Black Diamond Equipment
After 12 years of working with recruiters in the design and development community, I’m pleased to say that working with Dione has been an absolute pleasure. I won’t give away her secrets to success, but for me she has delivered timely and sustainable results, and it’s not hard to see why, given her genuine commitment and knack for identifying mutually beneficial opportunities. Her approach to research and candidate presentation is refreshingly effective and considerate of your time.
Vice President of Design & Development - Gregory Packs
Dione is an extremely talented recruiter with a knack for identifying candidates that are not only qualified but also fit right in with existing culture without ever stepping into our office. Dione is easily accessible, pleasant to work with, and works hard to source and place the best of the best for her clients. I so appreciate Dione’s assistance in hiring some of our best employees and look forward to working with her in the future.
Director of Human Resources - QuiBids
Having worked with Dione on a number of searches I have found her to be an important asset for any company that used her services. She has the broadest network of candidates I have ever seen. Dione’s attention to each detail of her assignments always generated high level candidates who were great fits both in terms of credentials and personality. Should the opportunity present itself, I will use her services again and again.
President - Ulrich Retail Group, Inc., Chase Thomas Custom Clothing
Dione is an expert in negotiation. She quickly learned our vision which, at initial stage as of November 2013, was too grand to grasp for some people. I have received valuable insight in addition to highly qualified candidates due to her deep knowledge in fashion industry and hiring. I’d recommend anyone who needs to hire the right people for their organization to reach out to Dione.
Founder - CIVVA
I had the opportunity to work with Dione back in June. I was recruiting for a Sr. Designer and was having a difficult time finding the right candidate with the skill sets that were needed for this position. I connected with Dione via LinkedIn and from the onset my experience with her was great. Her experience in the fashion industry was a great determining factor in helping us find the right candidate. She was in tune with our requirements for this position. Dione was honest, professional, and straightforward. I would use Dione again to help us recruit qualified candidates. It was a pleasure to work with her and would recommend her and the Fit as the agency of choice.
Human Resource Manager - Signal Products Inc.
Dione has been a huge asset to my company’s growth in in the U.S. She is detail oriented, professional and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We are a Canadian company in the infancy stage of our American business. She has provided me helpful insight and direction needed to develop the American market. I highly recommend Dione for her selfless approach, friendly attitude and having the information I needed to grow in a new and untapped market.
Owner - Fergy Sales, F.L.Y. Underwear
Dione is an excellent recruiter, and even more so, a strong partner in helping find solutions to meet business needs. She has great energy and communication skills, and does a great job of asking the right questions to determine how to proceed in the search process. She is well connected in the industry and works hard to find and connect with strong talent. Dione is a great resource overall and you won’t be disappointed with her partnership!
Senior Recruiter - Brooks Running
Dione would be a valuable resource to any organization. She is an excellent relationship builder and her level of integrity is rare in this business. I was fortunate enough to utilize her services on many searches and I was always impressed with her feedback on candidates and the attention she paid to truly understanding my needs as a client.
HR Manager - Fox Head
Our experience with Dione’s work was extremely positive. She was really professional and competent and after just one brief she was able to correctly understand the profile we were looking for and to propose the right candidate.
Director of Marketing & Retail - Baldinini
Dione truly does know the fashion industry. Very professional and was able to understand the complex requirements of a technical outdoor apparel company and more importantly, deliver. She helped place several high level positions within a very reasonable time frame. Was very timely with communications and extremely courteous.
Human Resources Business Partner - Arc'teryx Equipment