Become a fashion buyer - learn the essentials
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Learn the essential tasks of a fashion buyer and skills required to secure your first role!
4.2 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
107 students enrolled
Created by Diane C
Last updated 9/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know the role of a fashion buyer
  • Know the skills required to succeed as a fashion buyer
  • The confidence to embark on a career as a fashion buyer
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Requirements
  • Have a pen and paper ready to take notes
Description

Become a Fashion Buyer - Learn the essentials.

This course will help you decide if becoming a fashion buyer is for you, and it will help you understand the key tasks of a fashion buyer and the skills required to become a successful fashion buyer.

By the end of this course you will be in a position to understand what a fashion buyer does. You will have the confidence to either embark on further study or take the steps to securing your first job as a fashion buyer.

Section 1:

Introduction

Section 2:

  • You will learn the buyers main responsibilities
  • You will gain an understanding of the key areas a buyer is evaluated on in their role (otherwise referred to as KPI's or key performance indicators), and
  • You will understand the key skills required to be successful in this role.

Section 3:

  • Structures of buying departments are discussed – from small to large sized businesses , different types of buying roles (brand buyers to product developers) and
  • We will cover other staff roles in a buying department that work alongside a buyer.

Section 4:

  • You will understand the steps involved in planning a fashion range

Section 5:

  • You will gain an understanding on various sources used in predicting fashion trends for your fashion range and a checklist is provided for you to create your own trend board.

Section 6:

  • You will gain a good overview of the financials involved in planning a fashion range, and gain an understanding of the considerations to factor in when building a fashion range.

Section 7:

  • You will understand what to look at when sourcing a fashion supplier, how to evaluate a supplier and understand the different types of suppliers.

Section 8:

  • Understand the steps involved in negotiating with a supplier.

Section 9:

  • You will understand the term landed cost price and how this is calculated.
  • You will also understand the importance of strategies involved in setting the retail price.
  • Gross Profit calculations are also included in this section as it is important financial part of a buyers role.

Section 10:

  • You will understand the fundamental analytical functions in a buying department and gain an understanding of what an open to buy is.
  • There will be basic calculations and examples of an OTB.

Section 11:

  • You will gain an understanding of the key sales reports reviewed in a buyers role.

Section 12:

You will gain tips on the best way to land your first role. We will cover work experience, qualifications, finding available positions, cover letters and CV presentation, and interview preparation for meeting with a company.


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for students, recent graduates or people seeking a career change into buying. This course is probably not for you if you are seeking to learn more advanced and in depth studies on fashion buying.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
2 Lectures 06:03

Introduction to Become a Fashion Buyer - learn the essentials.

Preview 02:36

This lecture outlines each section in the course.

Preview 03:27
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Main responsibilities, KPI's and key skills of a fashion buyer.
3 Lectures 14:03

This lecture details a buyers main responsibilities. After completing this lecture you will understand key tasks of a buyer.

Preview 05:21

This lecture discusses the KPI's (key performance indicators) of a buyer. You will understand how buyers are evaluated.

Section 2, Lecture 2 Key performance indicators
05:08

This lecture discusses the key skills required to be a successful fashion buyer.

Section 2, Lecture 3 Buyers' key skills
03:34
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Section 3: Company buying structures & different buying roles.
3 Lectures 11:58

This lecture discusses the common company structures in buying departments

Section 3, Lecture 1 Structures in a buying department
03:49

This lecture discusses the different types of buying roles

Section 3, Lecture 2 Different types of buying positions
02:35

This lecture outlines other positions in a buying department other than the buyer.

Section 3, Lecture 3 Other positions in a buying department
05:34
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Section 4: Planning a fashion range
1 Lecture 14:00

This lecture outlines the steps involved in planning a fashion range. You will understand the process of building a range.

Section 4, Lecture 1 Steps in planning a fashion range
14:00
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Section 5: Researching Fashion Trends
2 Lectures 10:04

This lecture discusses the various avenues to research fashion trends

Section 5, Lecture 1 Sources to research fashion trends
06:06

This lecture discusses a mood board and a checklist on creating the perfect mood board.

Section 5, Lecture 2 Mood boards
03:58
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Section 6: Building a fashion range using financial details
1 Lecture 14:34

This lecture details all the factors to consider when building a fashion range. It also details the financial considerations.

Section 6, Lecture 1 Financials in building a range
14:34
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Section 7: Suppliers
3 Lectures 11:06

This lecture discusses the points to consider when selecting a supplier.

Section 7, Lecture 1 How to select the right supplier
05:51

This lecture discusses measuing the effectiveness of a supplier.

Section 7, Lecture 2 Measuring supplier performance
02:09

This lecture covers the different types of suppliers.

Section 7, Lecture 3 Types of suppliers
03:06
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Section 8: Negotiating
1 Lecture 08:20

This lecture discsses the steps to negotiating with a supplier.

Section 8, Lecture 1 Steps in negotiation
08:20
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Section 9: Cost Prices, Retail Prices, Markups and Gross Margins
3 Lectures 18:51

This lecture discusses the term landed cost price and calculations are provided to work out landed costs. You will understand the term landed cost price and how to calulate this.

Section 9, Lecture 1 Landed cost prices and calculations
04:05

This lecture discusses different retail pricing strategies to entice a customer to purchase.

Section 9, Lecture 2 Retail pricing strategies
06:01

This lecture discusses gross profit and measuring it through mark-ups and gross margin percentage formulas. You will understand how to calculate mark-up numbers and gross margin percentages.

Section 9, Lecture 3 Markups and gross margin calculations
08:45
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Section 10: Merchandise Planning
3 Lectures 19:14

This lecture discusses sales budget planning

Section 10, Lecture 1 Sales budget planning
04:37

This lecture discusses an open to buy (OTB) and a brief overview of how it is calulated.

Section 10, Lecture 2 Open to buy
06:42

This lecture discusses planning and managing stock

Section 10, Lecture 3 Stock planning
07:55
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About the Instructor
Diane C
4.2 Average rating
20 Reviews
107 Students
1 Course
Fashion Lecturer & Buyer

Fashion Buyer, Fashion lecturer and Business owner, Diane Curtis has a wealth of knowledge in buying departments for both small and large International fashion brands.

Diane's passion for becoming a fashion buyer began in the womb. Her parents were manufacturing and supplying fashion footwear across Australia and New Zealand, and as a child her father would seek Diane's feedback on the range, where she happily gave her feedback on different styles and trends.

At age 10, Diane's innate passion for fashion was evident, with bookshelves full of fashion magazines, every month she would be sure to purchase a fashion magazine and spend hours scanning the pages to take in the latest fashion trends.

As Diane reached her adult years, she still had a deep desire to work in buying roles and expand her knowledge, and travelled to London to work in buying departments for large fashion brands.

Senior roles in buying continued with International fashion brands: Armani Exchange, CK Calvin Klein, and French Connection.

Diane is now a fashion lecturer as well as a business owner.

Diane's approach is to educate people about the foundations of buying and the key skills required, knowledge and duties that are conducted on a buying floor. Diane's passion is in helping people to become confident in knowing what to expect in a buying department and arming them with the knowledge to succeed in the industry.