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Starting Your Own Fashion Label (Online Short Course)

Starting Your Own Fashion Label (Online Short Course)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Toby Meadows


Have you decided you are ready to start your own fashion business? So what are your next steps? This dynamic course is delivered by the consultant and business owner Toby Meadows, who developed the course to support fashion entrepreneurs in their journey to becoming fashion business owners. This starting a fashion label short course will answer all your questions and give you a clear idea of what you need to be thinking about, and the preparation and planning involved in making your business successful.

The course includes:

  • How to be your own boss
  • Business structure
  • Ways to get your own venture started
  • Running a fashion business in practice
  • Structuring your business plan
  • Product and image development
  • Understanding the fashion year plan
  • Designing and sampling a collection through to production
  • Sourcing fabrics
  • Working with manufacturers
  • Costings and pricing
  • VAT
  • Understanding profit and loss and cash flow for a fashion business
  • How to sell your collection to stores (eg. trade exhibitions)
  • Marketing and promotion

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.


Intermediate. To fully benefit from this course you should have experience of the fashion industry or attended our 'Essential Guide to the Fashion Business' short course. You should come to the course prepared to discuss your potential business idea. 

This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

You may also be interested in:

Essential Guide to the Fashion Business

Manufacturing for your Fashion Label

Understanding Fabrics Study Tour to Premiere Vision, Paris

Student reviews:

"Toby Meadows was fantastic. He is relevant, current, knows the industry extremely well and above all helpful. His teaching is really inspiring and fun. All I want to do now is get started on my fashion label project." - Denis, UK

"Toby’s lectures were animated with lots of stories and experiences." 

"Excellent course, well presented and at a good pace. The content was really useful and complimented a lot of my research. It also went a lot further by teaching me the good aspects/pitfalls for a start-up that I hadn't even considered yet. Definitely recommend."

"Loved the course content and Toby is a great teacher full of loads of info, really life scenarios etc. I felt I could relate to all the course content and learnt a lot."

“What truly set this course apart is Toby's fresh, open and honest insights as well as the personal and transparent stories”

“Very good - I thought linking it to each person's small business was excellent”

“Toby is so articulate and engaging”

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Toby Meadows is the international best selling author of ‘How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label’ currently translated into 9 different languages. He is the founder and Director of TNM Consultancy Ltd, a collective of fashion professionals providing creative and business services to the fashion industry, as well as a Director of the award winning London based cult womenswear designer label Belle & Bunty. For the past 15 years he has been a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, invited to host conferences on developing a fashion label as well as writing and delivering short courses for professional development within the fashion industry both in the UK and abroad. As well as consulting to hundreds of small to medium size fashion enterprises Toby has worked with some of the worlds largest and most recognisable fashion businesses from high street giants, Gap, Zara, Topshop to high-end designer retailers: Harrods, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to name merely a few. He has recently been advising the Mayor of London's office with their plans for the development of an East London Fashion Cluster and currently sits on the Advisory Panel for the Centre for Fashion Enterprises in London as well as developing business support incubator programmes around the world working with the next generation of highly talented emerging designer to develop an infrastructure for their business and increase their chances of longevity.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date version of the Google Chrome web browser
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Onsite Short Course Materials 

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

  • Notebook and pen
  • Laptop/iPad/tablet

Available dates