Fashion Buying and Merchandising (Online Short Course)

Fashion Buying and Merchandising, online short course at London College of Fashion

Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Who decides what we are wearing next season? How do the products arrive in stores? Why are some retailers successful and others are not? This is all down to the fashion buyers and merchandisers, the main drivers of any retail business and very influential decision-makers...

Taught by: Claudia Walker.


Who decides what we are wearing next season? How do the products arrive in stores? Why are some retailers successful and others are not? This is all down to the fashion buyers and merchandisers, the main drivers of any retail business and very influential decision-makers.

This fashion buying course covers the key elements of 'Fashion buying and merchandising 1 and 2'. This online course will give you a unique insight into industry practices, through real case studies and practical projects.

The course includes:

  • Roles and responsibilities of fashion buyers and merchandisers
  • Major fashion retail brands
  • Trade fairs, ready-to-wear and couture shows
  • Trend prediction, fashion forecasting and seasons
  • The buying calendar
  • Customer profiling and segmentation
  • Retail Maths, budgets, margins and price architecture
  • Planning successful ranges
  • Marketing and branding
  • Product development and effective mood boards
  • Fabric and styling terminology
  • Competitor shopping skills
  • Sourcing and supply chains
  • OTB and Critical Path

The projects you'll be asked to undertake involve mathematical formulae therefore it's essential you have an understanding of maths to GCSE level C or equivalent.

Why choose an LCF online learning short course?

Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Fashion wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. You will participate in the live classes each week and you will undertake weekly assignments to be completed in your own time. 

Online learning:

Please make sure you are available to participate in the live online chat sessions which are run to UK time.

All online learning courses include weekly chat sessions with your tutor and other students on the course, which are conducted through an interactive seminar (called Blackboard Collaborate). The chat sessions will include text and voice/video chat, as well as an opportunity to 'share' your tutor's desktop so that s/he can navigate you through websites, powerpoint presentations and other work. These sessions are essential to attend each week, so please check the times of the course when you book and take into account any local time differences.

You may also be required to undertake weekly assignments between sessions. These will be housed on our Workflow website, along with additional resources and discussion forums which can be used to interact with fellow students in between classes. You may be expected to dedicate between one - two hours a week to these self-study projects. A full technical specification is listed in 'Materials'.


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.


Please book as early as possible. This will allow us enough time to provide you with login for the online short course learning software.

When making your booking do not tick the 'If you DO NOT hold a UK/EU/EEA passport click here' box as this is only relevant for classroom courses. If we send you an email telling you to present your passport to us, please ignore this email, as it does not apply to you. 

If no dates are available for this course please 'Make an enquiry' using the link below and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Tutor information

Claudia is an award-winning buyer, who possesses a wealth of experience across buying and merchandising for multi-brand department stores, online retailers and premium own label brands. Having worked across numerous brands from high street to luxury, covering both apparel and accessories, in January 2017 she won a coveted 'Buyer of the Year' award in recognition for her work. Having previously honed her skills in visual merchandising and retail management, Claudia has developed a truly multifaceted view of the industry. In addition to her career in buying and merchandising Claudia regularly speaks at industry events such as The Fashion Exchange and has represented major brands in promotional videos for international companies such as True Fit.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • Notepad and pen

In addition to the materials listed above, you will need:

  • A recent computer with a recent operating system    
  • An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers eg Safari and Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and Internet Explorer)    
  • Microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)    
  • Headphones    
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

Further information on the online learning system requirements.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
26/10/2017 - 30/11/2017Thursday18:00 - 19:006 Weeks£199Available Online Add to Basket