Certificate of Professional Fashion Buying

Fast Track Course To Become A Certified Fashion Buyer In Just 12 Weeks… 

Make a career from your passion and land your dream job.  Learn how to buy clothing, shoes and accessories for a fashion boutique, online store or large retail chain with our Certificate in Professional Fashion Buying.
Fashion Buyer Course Online By La Mode College

Included In The Course

Physical Course Manual + Online Tutorials, Downloadable Templates + Resources + 12 months fashion mentoring + Qualification

Course Duration

50 hours of study that can be completed in your own time. Minimum time is 12 weeks- maximum time 12 months. You study when its convenient for you.

Prerequisites

No experience is required-  Just a passion for fashion and an eagerness to learn!

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How to Become a Fashion Buyer by La Mode College

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Become a Fashion Buyer…

La Mode’s  ‘Certificate in Professional Fashion Buying’ is a fast track program designed to teach the key skills that are required to become a fashion buyer, and equip you with all the knowledge needed to land your dream job in the industry!

A fashion buyer determines what trends are going to be in for the season, and is in charge of what styles a retail store  or boutique will stock. Fashion Buying is a highly sought after job, yet there is not much training available to those interested in this career path.

La Mode’s Professional Fashion Buying Course will cover all aspects and competencies that are required to become a professional fashion buyer, and teach you the jargon / and terminologies that you will need to know to get a job as a buyer or buyers assistant.

In This Course You Will Learn

Trend Forecasting

Product Sourcing / Selection

Customer Markets

Marketing Strategies

Retail Operations

Fashion Business

Buying Plans

Online Store Sales

Study From Home At Your Own Pace

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Get Qualified In As Little As 12 Weeks

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CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONAL FASHION BUYING

Study Pack + Course Materials

Presented in an easy-to-follow format, this extensive home study course allows you to learn at your own pace and will provide you with the in-depth and yet practical knowledge and tools you need to begin  a successful career as a professional fashion buyer or assistant buyer. 

This course offers a very sensible and realistic approach to developing your fashion skills, enabling you to conquer the competition and build your retail knowledge, boost your business acumen and give you the skills to select products that sell.

Your Course Pack Includes…

Physical Course Manual

Online Course Access- Unique Student Portal

20 x Online Tutorials

Fashion Buying Plans

Instructional Videos You Can Watch At Any Time

Student Forum

12 Months Of  Student Support + Fashion Mentoring by Professional In The Industry

Downloadable Templates + Fashion Resources

Qualification Certificate of Professional Fashion Buying

Course Manual Topics

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Become a Fashion Buyer Fast Track Course

Part 1: Fashion Buying

  • What a Fashion Buyer does
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Buyer
  • The Buying Office Structure
  • Retail Buying and Trend Forecasting
  • Travel
  • Buying Principles and Terminology
  • Buyers Performance Indicators
  • Retail Formulas
  • Buying Terminology
  • Examples of Buyers Job Descriptions

Part 2: The Retail Industry

  • The Retail Fashion Industry
  • Retail History
  • Key Retail Operations
  • Effective Communication and Sales Technique
  • Stock Control
  • Retail Differentiation

Part 3: Retail Merchandising and Buying

  • Retail Merchandising and Buying
  • Understanding Your Customer
  • Product Range in the Retail Market
  • What Makes Merchandising Effective
  • Sales Strategies for Merchandising Plans
  • Creating the Merchandising and Buying Plan
  • The Six Month Merchandise and Buying Plan

Online Tutorial Topics

Unit 1: Understanding Target Markets

Unit 1: Understanding Target Markets

  • The role of a fashion buyer
  • How to select clothes people want to wear
  • Understanding the target market and demographic specifics of a store’s customers
  • Determining your niche market + client avatar
  • Determining your stores unique selling proposition
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Unit 2: Trend Forecasting

Unit 2: Trend Forecasting

  • Retail buying and predicting fashion trends
  • How  and where to conduct trend forecasting
  • Colour trend forecasting- how to select the right colours for each season
  • How to compile a  trend inspiration / mood board
  • Top trend forecasting websites- both free and paid
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Unit 3: Retail Operations

Unit 3: Retail Operations

  • The fashion retail industry
  • The role of a fashion store or boutique
  • Stock control
  • The process of getting stock to the retail store
  • Retail differentiation
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Unit 4: Buyers Terminology

Unit 4: Buyers Terminology

  • Buyers principles and terms
  • Stock allocation , pack breaks and core sellers
  • The product mix / range plan
  • Product categories
Unit 5: Fashion Retail Formulas

Unit 5: Fashion Retail Formulas

The Retail industry is very competitive, so it is essential that good retail mathematics are used to predict and plan for profit and to measure financial performance of stock.

In this tutorial we cover the retail formulas that a good Fashion Buyer should know. Although there are computer programs that will automatically calculate these formulas for a buyer, it is essential that a fashion buyer understands the formulas. 

Unit 6: Buying + Merchandising Plans

Unit 6: Buying + Merchandising Plans

  • The five key elements of fashion buying
  • The difference between ‘Merchandising’ and ‘Buying’
  • Creating a buying or merchandising plan
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Unit 7: Selecting Stock / Sourcing Product

Unit 7: Selecting Stock / Sourcing Product

  • How to select stock for a retail store or boutique
  • Where to source brands to stock in your retail store
  • How to contact / approach a brand to enquire about becoming a stockist
Unit 8: Range Showings

Unit 8: Range Showings

  • What happens in a range showing
  • Important components to prepare before attending a range showing
  • The buying calender
Unit 9: Purchase Orders + Trading Terms

Unit 9: Purchase Orders + Trading Terms

As a Fashion Buyer you will be ordering stock on a weekly and monthly basis. Its very exciting ordering new styles, hunting down the latest collections and hottest product! When you have sourced the merchandise that you will be buying for your store, you will have to place an order. So, you will need to be familiar with purchase orders and trading terms!

In this tutorial we will show you what a ‘Purchase Order’ looks like, and give you a template to use. We will also cover the key trading terms that a fashion buyer must be aware of before making an order.

Unit 10: Marketing Strategies

Unit 10: Marketing Strategies

In this tutorial we will cover the marketing strategies to help increase sales in your store.  After a fashion buyer has bought stock, they are also responsible for achieving sales of that stock. For this reason, a background in marketing is of advantage to help get maximum exposure and sell thru on products. This tutorial will cover key marketing strategies to help promote sales for the store / online boutique.

 

Unit 11: Working With Instagram Bloggers

Unit 11: Working With Instagram Bloggers

  • Working with  instagram fashion bloggers and influencers

  • How to use Instagram to promote your store/ boutique /brand and drive sales
  • The difference between inspirational  instagram accounts and blogger/ fashion influencer accounts
  • Hot tips for sponsoring posts on fashion  instagram accounts
  • Blogger outreach programs

Unit 12: Instagram Marketing

Unit 12: Instagram Marketing

  • How to set up an optimised business Instagram account
  • How to create popular Instagram posts that users want to follow
  • Working with ambassadors
  • How to boost engagement +  strengthen customer relationships
  • Contests and giveaways
  • Instagram stories
  • Planning apps
Unit 13: Facebook Marketing

Unit 13: Facebook Marketing

How to Effectively and Quickly Drive Traffic and Generate Online Sales From Facebook for Your Store or Boutique.

Facebook is one of ‘ the’ most effective ways to capture the audience of your target market, and drive sales of your online store, physical store or boutique, or your own fashion line. In this tutorial we will cover the ins and outs of using facebook advertising and sponsored ads to drive traffic and sales.

Unit 14: Pinterest + Blogging Marketing

Unit 14: Pinterest + Blogging Marketing

In this tutorial we will cover how to market  products for your store using Pinterest to:

  • Increase brand awareness
  • increase web traffic to your fashion business website
  • Increase enquiries for your product
  • Increase sales of your products
Unit 15: Instore Promotions- Strategies to Increase Sales

Unit 15: Instore Promotions- Strategies to Increase Sales

As a fashion buyer, you are responsible for not only selecting the stock that a store will have on display available to a customer,  but you are also responsible for that stock selling.

So, ‘promotions’ and sales tactics are important to help you get the ‘sell thru’  on  the stock you have bought, and help you achieve sales targets.

Quite often a fashion buyer will be present in a weekly sales meeting with top managers of the business. Categories and styles not selling will be bought to attention. So what do you do when sales are down?

In this tutorial we are going to cover the top strategies for increasing sales- and sell thru on products.

Unit 16: Starting Your Own Business

Unit 16: Starting Your Own Business

  • How to register a business name
  • What company structure is best for you
  • How to register your website domain name and set up web hosting
Unit 17: Business Start Up Capital

Unit 17: Business Start Up Capital

  • Estimating Start Up Costs For Your Fashion Business
  • Managing cash flow 
  • Estimating how much money you need to start
  • Helpful tips  on how to be resourceful and get the most out of your budget.
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Unit 18: Setting Up a Online Store

Unit 18: Setting Up a Online Store

  • 4 Keys to Success in Launching Your  Very Own Online Fashion Store 
  • Successful Online Store Layouts
  • Selecting a platform for your online store
  • Working with website developers
  • Low Cost ways of setting up your own professional website
Unit 19: Online Store: Word Press Platform

Unit 19: Online Store: Word Press Platform

  • The Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Store with ‘WordPress  + Woo Commerce…’
  • In this tutorial we have an extensive video tutorial teaching you how to set up your online store using Word Press, and we include the best online fashion store templates  that you can buy for less then $100.  The video tutorial includes the basic functions of setting up and running your online store, including how to add products, change banners and accept payments.
Unit 20: Online Store: Shopify Platform

Unit 20: Online Store: Shopify Platform

  • The Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Store with ‘Shopify’
  • In this tutorial we have an extensive video tutorial teaching you how to set up your online store using Shopify.  The video tutorial includes the basic functions of setting up and running your online store, including how to add products, change banners and accept payments.
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Our Student Success Isn’t  By Chance, Its By Design

Unlimited Downloads

Download the fashion resources and templates at any time, and watch the class tutorials as many times as you would like. This means you can revisit the subjects you need when you need them.

Student Forums + Support Groups

Get the support you need to stay motivated.  Individual mentoring with a dedicated student advisor to develop your confidence and skills as a buyer.  Get the guidance and skills to apply for buying jobs or start your own fashion boutique or online store.

Instant Access

We know your a busy #bosslady.   Sign up and start accessing the course materials within 24 hours of enrolling. Wherever you are in the world, log in and access our comprehensive collection of tutorials, videos and documents.

FREE Bonus: How To Start Your Own Online Fashion Store. 

Opening your own online boutique or store is a rewarding opportunity where you get to be creative everyday. Use your buying skills to select stock for your own online business and become your own #bossbabe .  

Topics Include:

  • How to set up your own online store and/or website- for under $100
  • Registering a domain name and setting up your ecommerce store quickly and professionally
  • Obtaining start-up capital
  • How to source products to sell online at wholesale prices
  • Payment gateways to accept payments online from your e-commerce store
  • Planning and implementing a social media marketing strategy
  • How to increase your  followers on social media channels to increase brand awareness
  • Google rules and ranking secrets to getting found online
  • How to increase your sales on your online store
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What Our Students Are Saying…

  • I completed the Fashion Buying  Course and I was blown away by the support! Im super excited - thanks to this course I got an assistant Fashion Buying Job for a luxury Fashion Store in Dubai!

    Rebecca Eid
    Rebecca EidFashion Buying Course Student
  • “The course has helped me understand the role of a fashion buyer. I have learnt that a professional fashion buyer has the ability to forecast trends and is capable of predicting what styles to buy for a store.  Also have a commercial eye. I enjoyed completing the last assignment!”  

    Jen Satkunam
    Jen SatkunamFashion Buying Course Student
  • I really loved this course,  I have worked in retail before so it was great to get focused fashion buying training.  All of the information was practical and useful,  I loved all of the videos, it made the course feel more interactive.

    Olivia Brazzale
    Olivia Brazzale
  • I loved this course simply because it made me think out side the fashion box…. my favourite topic in the course was product mix and range planing. I learnt the most about buyers terminology, and now that I am looking for employment I know all the lingo! I found the Fashion Buying material really informing to read and easy to understand and  I liked how it gave me heaps of examples I can use in a real job situation.

    Annalisa Picone
    Annalisa Picone
  • I loved this course simply because it made me think out side the fashion box…. my favourite topic in the course was product mix and range planing. I learnt the most about buyers terminology, and now that I am looking for employment I know all the lingo! I found the Fashion Buying material really informing to read and easy to understand and  I liked how it gave me heaps of examples I can use in a real job situation.

    Danet Hok
    Danet Hok
  • “The course has helped me understand the role of a fashion buyer. I have learnt that a professional fashion buyer has the ability to forecast trends and is capable of predicting what styles to buy for a store.  Also have a commercial eye. I enjoyed completing the last assignment!”

    Jen Satkunum
    Jen Satkunum

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