Learn how to put together a successful collection range – from the design showroom to the store; the fashion buyer decides what will be on display next season and operate within a new fashion environment. They plan the purchasing of seasonal items, identify upcoming trends and choose the right product and brand mix. Fashion buyers are the main drivers in the global fashion retail industry, a pivotal area and influential role in any successful fashion business.
At postgraduate level participants will have previous undergraduate level studies in economics, marketing, fashion design with marketing or similar, or proven work experience completing the course with highly specialised skills in fashion buying. Providing current and future business models, encapsulating innovation, new media and technology in the global buying process, this 15 month course (including placement) covers contemporary issues in product selection and purchasing methods. Buyers need to be business-minded with strong analytical skills and the ability to negotiate and work alongside many departments including marketing and sales, ensuring new collections and items are commercially viable either in store, or via online retailing and e-commerce platforms.
Participants learn the technical and theoretical aspects of a buying campaign analysing different retail formats and key macro trends leading towards a research-based dissertation. By studying the organisation of the buying team and undertaking a fashion industry placement, they fully understand the role and responsibility of buyers and merchandisers in the global market. Key buying processes include stock mix and import-export techniques as well as pricing strategies and the ability to forecast the profitability of a fashion product. Participants analyse the buying calendar and correctly plan the purchase of a seasonal collection using a balanced combination of products and brands responding to current trends and influences in a multi-disciplinary approach.
By understanding how the consumer perceives a collection they are able to put together an appealing, desirable and winning fashion collection. The relationship of visual merchandising and sales, negotiation techniques, and soft skills in communication, decision making, time management, leadership, and team working enable participants to successfully perform on real commercial projects developing effective buying strategies for a benchmark company. Participants apply the experience acquired on industry projects taught by qualified industry professionals, working to real company briefs, to prepare their own professional buying strategy for business, as well as potential industry start-ups.
Learn how to put together a successful collection range – from the design showroom to the store; the fashion buyer decides what will be on display next season and operate within a new fashion environment. They plan the purchasing of seasonal items, identify upcoming trends and choose the right product and brand mix. Fashion buyers are the main drivers in the...
- Fashion Buying Management
- Trend Forecasting
- Finance for fashion Buying
- Digital Technologies for Fashion Buying
- Big Data, Analytics and Digital Disruption
- Product Development and Innovation
- Supply Chain Management
- Advanced Fashion Retailing
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Research Methods
Fashion Buying Management Trend Forecasting Finance for fashion Buying Digital Technologies for Fashion Buying Big Data, Analytics and Digital Disruption Product Development and Innovation Supply Chain Management Advanced Fashion Retailing Corporate Social Responsibility Research...