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Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Advanced

Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Advanced

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Hannah Middleton


This advanced-level fashion buying course is for those who have already completed 'Introduction to Fashion Buying & Merchandising' and 'Fashion Buying & Merchandising: Buying and/or Merchandising Techniques'.  The course gives you a more in depth understanding of the Buying and Merchandising roles. Through the use of lectures, workshops, practical exercises and group work you will explore aspects of the fashion buyer and merchandiser roles including analysing macro and micro research to draw up a merchandise plan and create a range plan for a specific fashion retailer.

The course includes: 

  • An exploration of ECR (efficient consumer response), CRM and an insight into consumer demand theories
  • Merchandising analysis and stock management at store level and across omni-channels
  • An insight into the Open to Buy calculation 
  • Different ways to spend the Open to Buy
  • The link between store grading, distribution mix, stock management and allocation with profitability
  • Supply chain analysis and integrated supply chain strategies 
  • The changing buying and merchandising roles in the current global market

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.


Advanced. This course is for those who have progressed through all previous levels or have equivalent experience.

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level Advanced Level
Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Buying Techniques Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Advanced
Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Merchandising Techniques 
Fashion Buying & Merchandising: Intensive

  Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Luxury Brands   







Please note: 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.

What’s next?
After completing a Fashion Buying and Merchandising short course you may be interested in applying for London College of Fashion’s Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising. Applications are now open for 19/20 entry.

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Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Buying Techniques

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Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Merchandising Techniques

Tutor Description

Hannah Middleton has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry, including senior buyer at department store group House of Fraser for several years. Prior to her buying career she was an account manager for Peter Golding, which involved extensive travel to Europe and the Far East. She brings this wealth of global industry experience to her teaching at LCF, where she has delivered all levels of Buying and Merchandising short-courses for the last 5 years. She also teaches on the BA(Hons) Fashion Management and the new MSC International Fashion Management. She now combines her teaching with mentoring and consulting for small and medium sized businesses, to help them improve stock control, range planning and buying processes, in Europe and the UK.


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

  • Laptop/ iPad/ tablet
  • Notepad and pen
  • Pocket calculator

Available dates