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Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising (Online Short Course)

Introduction to Fashion Buying and Merchandising (Online Short Course)

College
London College of Fashion
Taught by
Frankie Law

Description


This fashion buying course will help you to make that leap forward into the fast paced world of fashion retail. You will learn all about what a buyer and merchandiser actually do and the everyday challenges that you will be faced with at all levels of the market. 

This course will introduce you to the roles and what to expect if you plan to start your career with an established retailer, or if you have recently started in a buying or merchandising role and want to understand best practice.

With the emphasis on larger retailers, this course will help you understand what it takes to succeed as a buyer or merchandiser, and the many exciting and challenging aspects of the roles.

You will also start to build a comprehensive reference file on the subject.

The course will include:

  • Industry structure
  • Marketing research
  • Customer profiling
  • Branding
  • Buying & merchandising roles/responsibilities
  • Buying calendar
  • Critical path
  • Competitor shop
  • Buying strategy
  • Range planning  
  • Product development
  • The quality process
  • Purchasing budgets
  • Stock management
  • Margin
  • Pricing
  • Negotiations

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. 

This course is the first in the series of our 'Fashion Buying & Merchandising' short courses. Once you've completed this course you might consider moving onto our intermediate level courses, 'Fashion Buying & Merchandising: Buying Techniques' or ‘Fashion Buying & Merchandising: Merchandising Techniques’ for a more in-depth understanding of the subject.

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.

Level:

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

This course is for students aged 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

 


 

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


Tutor Description


Frankie Law graduated from LCF with a first in Fashion Management and has since gained over 14 years of fashion buying, merchandising and design experience within UK retail, holding positions at high street and department store retailers. She has been instrumental in developing, buying for and managing 14 brands, overseeing a departmental annual sales plan of £54 million.  She currently consults internationally for various factories and suppliers within the fashion industry, range building and developing fast moving and extensive collections, as well as forecasting trends and analysing trade information.

Materials


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 2/3 magazines (fashion/ lifestyle/ home) that you are wiling to cut up.





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