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Starting Your Own Lingerie or Swimwear Label (Online Short Course)

Starting Your Own Lingerie or Swimwear Label (Online Short Course)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Nichole de Carle


This course is aimed at the budding entrepreneur who is looking to start a lingerie or swimwear business. You’ll be taken step-by-step through all the elements of a business start-up and be given practical advice on how to plan effectively for your new business venture. The course will start with discussing your business type, structure, finance and business plan. You’ll then move on to discuss range planning, sourcing production and costing. You’ll leave the course with an awareness of customer requirements as well as a basic understanding of the financial needs to ensure continuity and success when starting your own fashion label.

The course will also cover:

  • Pros and cons of starting up independently
  • Type of business, structure, finance and planning
  • Consumer research
  • Understanding seasonal buying patterns
  • Brand DNA
  • Component sourcing
  • Production sourcing
  • Costings and pricing
  • Invoicing, debt collection and VAT returns
  • Client servicing , distribution and delivery

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.


Beginners. In order to get the most out of this course we recommend that you have a business concept to work from. 

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.

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

Tutor Description

Nichole de Carle is a serial entrepreneur, having owned businesses in the Bodywear space for over a decade. She owns a group of businesses - from a Lingerie brand to a London design house and a new digital design customisation platform - that empowers entrepreneurs, influencers and brands to create cleverly curated collections across Bodywear & Activewear.

Founder of Product Development Lab, “London Contour Experts - “I set up a design house and bodywear consultancy, offering product development & commercial manufacturing solutions to Lingerie, Swimwear and Activewear brands on a global scale. We offer a unique service, creating designs from sketch to factory production, with a facility to manufacture product locally in London and further afield with off-shore partners.”

Bodywear Lab - Is a sister company to London Contour Experts. The business is a unique digital customisation platform to create Swimwear and Activewear collections. This next generation technology allows brands and influencers to be at the forefront of the design process, where they can create a range from an archive of commercial shapes, fabricate and personalise the branding to suit their customer. More than ever, people are leaving corporate jobs to follow their dreams of entrepreneurship, building out their hobbies or side hustles into profitable businesses. Bodywear Lab was established to help support this movement of successors.

Nichole is also Founder and Designer of Fierce and Fashionable Lingerie brand, named after her family name. Having worked as a Bodywear designer for fashion powerhouses Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan and then later at Sydney based lingerie specialists, Pleasure State. She was worked with an impressive list of A-list celebrities, including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Rita Ora.


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:

  • Notepad and pen
  • Laptop/iPad/tablet

Available dates

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