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Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Intensive (Online Short Course)

Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Intensive (Online Short Course)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Helen Joslin, Stephanie Liberman, Eddie Knevett


Are you looking for a career in fashion business management? Perhaps becoming a buyer or merchandiser but not sure how to go about it?  Then this course is a great place to start.

The course will answer those fashion questions you have been thinking about.  Who decides what we are wearing next season? How do the products arrive in stores? Why are some retailers successful but others are not? 
This is all down to the fashion buyers and merchandisers, the main drivers of any retail business or brand and very influential decision makers. 

The course includes:

  • What do buyers and merchandisers actually do in retailers and brands?
  • How do they set the prices that they sell to the consumer?
  • How do they calculate the price that they will buy from the supplier?
  • How are they organised and how do they operate within the company organisation?
  • How do they manage the create skills of the designers? 
  • How do they plan supplier lead times, and delivery schedules?
  • How do they calculate how many garments they expect to sell?
  • How do they calculate how many they intend to buy?
  • How do they organise distribution to their shops?
  • How do they sell on their website?
  • How do they manage sales and stock during the selling season?

The course is a combination of discussions and practical tasks. At the end of the week you will have:

  • Produced your own range plan of garments
  • Created a sales forecast for it
  • Created a buying plan and buying budget for it
  • Bought it in a competitive game played against the tutor
  • Allocated it to your stores, after the buying campaign is complete

As these are practical exercises you will need a notebook, pen or pencil, and a simple calculator. 

This course covers the first and second steps in the series of our 'Fashion Buying & Merchandising' short courses. Once you've completed this course you might consider moving onto our advanced level courses, 'Fashion Buying & Merchandising: Advanced' or ‘Range Building’ and ‘WSSI Creation & Interpretation’ for a more in-depth understanding of the subject area.

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 or those with some previous experience. 

This course is for students ages 18 and older.

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   


Student review:

"I want to say thank you so much. Your class helped me understand what fashion buying and merchandising is in detail. It also helped me to find a better job! I will start work at a fashion company which is the sole distributor of MAJE, Sandro, A.P.C and Claudie Pierlot for KOREA as online MD. I got a new job It is because of your class! :) I really appreciate it" - Mimi, Korea.


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.

You may also be interested in:

Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Fashion Buying and Merchandising: Buying Techniques

Fashion Buying and Merchandising for Luxury Brands

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

Tutor Description

Helen Joslin has over a decade of industry experience in buying and merchandising, working across the high street for large multi brand department stores.  Specialising in menswear Helen has extensive experience buying and merchandising across multi-product categories for companies such as Arcadia and Debenhams.  Outside of her buying career Helen is currently launching her own e-commerce website.

Stephanie Liberman has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry. Starting her buying career at Woolworths, she worked in variety of multi-channel retailers and was a senior buyer at department store, Debenhams and stationery retailer, Paperchase. During her buying career she travelled extensively to Europe and the Far East and has built up a wealth of sourcing experience and relationships with offshore suppliers. Whilst at Debenhams she also developed and ran the buying school program and ran training and mentoring for all levels of the buying and merchandising community. She currently teaches at Regent's University London on short courses for Artscom at LCF.

Eddie is a highly successful and respected fashion accessories buying manager with a wealth of experience in buying and merchandising for branded luxury for multi brand department stores, premium and luxury brands as well as premium own label brands.

Experienced in creating destination retail concepts for example strategically taking House of Fraser accessories from a high street own label offer to one of the largest premium and luxury offers within the UK. Eddie has built successful working relationships with numerous luxury brands including Hermes, Cartier, Gucci, Prada, YSL, Chloe, Givenchy, Mulberry, Anya Hindmarch, Paul Smith Michael Kors, to name a few.  Working with these brands on both an own bought, concession and branded shopfit basis.

As well as teaching Eddie works with various international fashion brands and retailers on a consultancy basis.


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:

  • Laptop/ iPad/ tablet
  • Notepad and pen
  • Pocket calculator
  • Please bring along 2-4 magazines (fashion/ lifestyle/ home) that you are willing to cut up

Available dates