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Fashion Buying & Merchandising

From showroom to store: buying fashion and create the perfect assortment
Master's Degrees · Master's Courses · Master of Arts
Postgraduate
MILANO
FIRENZE
PARIS
LONDON

These full time postgraduate level courses are highly specialised programmes that support participants’ careers the fashion, luxury and creative industries. They are designed for those who have already acquired specific skills in the appropriate area at undergraduate level, or for industry professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of a specific subject area in fashion.

MILANO

Learn how to put together a successful collection range – from the design showroom to the store; the fashion buyer decides what will be on sale next season. 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.

22 Jan 2024 - 20 Dec 2024
Italian · English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
€5,500
Fee EU
€28,200
Fee non EU
€30,900
23 Sep 2024
Italian · English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
€5,500
Fee EU
€30,000
Fee non EU
€32,450

Validations

AFAM

Participants who successfully complete this Master programme will be awarded with a First Level Academic Master Diploma. Recognised by MUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research) as an academic diploma equivalent to a university postgraduate level Master degree, participants will obtain 60 CFA (crediti formativi accademici) equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Pathways available in Milano ‘Fashion Design with Womenswear Pathway’, ‘Fashion Design with Menswear Pathway’ and ‘Fashion Design with Activewear Pathway’ are a specialisation of the main course recognised by MUR ‘Fashion Design’. The final diploma awarded will state the main course title.

Programme Specification

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BOF · Badge of Excellence

Providing current and future business models, encapsulating innovation, new media and technology in the global buying process, this course in Milan 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. 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 to prepare their own professional buying strategy for business, as well as potential industry start-ups.

  • Fashion Buying Management
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Finance for fashion Buying
  • Digital Technologies for Fashion Buying
  • Product Development and Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Advanced Fashion Retailing
  • Research Methods
  • Fashion buyer
  • Fashion merchandiser and e-merchandiser
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Product manager
  • Crm strategist
  • Operations & retail manager

 

Badges of Excellence recognise a school’s strengths in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.

  • Global Influence – The global reputation and influence of a school, based on the selectivity of a school in admitting applicants and the enrolment rates of admitted applicants.
  • Long-Term Value – The students' preparedness for the real world, based on student progression rates provided by the schools, assessing student satisfaction around employment, career preparedness and accessibility of alumni.

An Overall BoF Score was then awarded to each institution based on the sum-weighted score across all three key indices.  

FIRENZE

Learn how to put together a successful collection range – from the design showroom to the store; the fashion buyer decides what will be on sale next season. 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.
23 Sep 2024
Italian · English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
€5,500
Fee EU
€29,600
Fee non EU
€32,450

Validations

AFAM

Participants who successfully complete this Master programme will be awarded with a First Level Academic Master Diploma. Recognised by MUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research) as an academic diploma equivalent to a university postgraduate level Master degree, participants will obtain 60 CFA (crediti formativi accademici) equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Pathways available in Milano ‘Fashion Design with Womenswear Pathway’, ‘Fashion Design with Menswear Pathway’ and ‘Fashion Design with Activewear Pathway’ are a specialisation of the main course recognised by MUR ‘Fashion Design’. The final diploma awarded will state the main course title.

Programme Specification

Virtual Open Day Firenze
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Metaverse Revolution
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Learning focus
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BOF · Badge of Excellence

Providing current and future business models, encapsulating innovation, new media and technology in the global buying process, this 9 months course in Milan or Florence School or 15 months course (including placement) in Paris or London school 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. 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 to prepare their own professional buying strategy for business, as well as potential industry start-ups.

  • 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 buyer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Product manager
  • Brand manager
  • Crm strategist
  • Logistics & retail manager

 

Badges of Excellence recognise a school’s strengths in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.

  • Global Influence – The global reputation and influence of a school, based on the selectivity of a school in admitting applicants and the enrolment rates of admitted applicants.
  • Long-Term Value – The students' preparedness for the real world, based on student progression rates provided by the schools, assessing student satisfaction around employment, career preparedness and accessibility of alumni.

An Overall BoF Score was then awarded to each institution based on the sum-weighted score across all three key indices.  

PARIS

Learn how to put together a successful collection range – from the design showroom to the store; the fashion buyer decides what will be on sale next season. 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.
01 Oct 2024
English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
€5,500
Fee EU
€29,600
Fee non EU
€32,450

Validations

Regent’s University London

Validated by Regent’s University London

For London further guidance can be found here
RNCP

Participants who successfully complete the Fashion Buying & Merchandising course taught in Paris will receive the corresponding 'RNCP' title of: “Manager de la performance achats” , recognised by the French State by decision of France Compétences (French Ministry of Labour) of 10-11-2021. As recognised vocational training, level 7 RNCP corresponds to the competences of a Master's degree.

Metaverse Revolution
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Learning focus
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BOF · Badge of Excellence

Providing current and future business models, encapsulating innovation, new media and technology in the global buying process, this 9 months course in Milan or Florence School or 15 months course (including placement) in Paris or London school 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. 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 to prepare their own professional buying strategy for business, as well as potential industry start-ups.

  • 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 buyer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Product manager
  • Brand manager
  • Crm strategist
  • Logistics & retail manager

 

Badges of Excellence recognise a school’s strengths in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.

  • Global Influence – The global reputation and influence of a school, based on the selectivity of a school in admitting applicants and the enrolment rates of admitted applicants.
  • Long-Term Value – The students' preparedness for the real world, based on student progression rates provided by the schools, assessing student satisfaction around employment, career preparedness and accessibility of alumni.

An Overall BoF Score was then awarded to each institution based on the sum-weighted score across all three key indices.  

LONDON

This programme is for applicants who have previous undergraduate level study or proven work experience. Students complete the programme with buying and merchandising skills for various positions within the fashion buying, merchandising and luxury business industry fully realising through both academic study and professional placement and projects the role and responsibility of buyers and merchandisers in the global marketplace.

29 Jan 2024 - 11 Apr 2025
English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
£4,400
UK Nationals or UK Domicile fees
£17,700
International fees
£27,600
01 Oct 2024
English  - Fee
Enrollment Fee
£4,400
UK Nationals or UK Domicile fees
£19,250
International fees
£28,450

Validations

Regent’s University London

Validated by Regent’s University London

For London further guidance can be found here
Metaverse Revolution
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Visit the School · London
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BOF · Badge of Excellence

The programme exposes you to the fast paced environment buyers need in order to be business-minded alongside strong analytical and negotiation skills working with suppliers and various departments including marketing and sales. This ensures new collections and teams are commercially viable either in store, or via online retailing and e-commerce platforms. You will learn the technical and theoretical aspects of a buying campaign, analysing different retail formats and key micro and macro trends alongside the buying processes include stock mix, import-export techniques as well as pricing strategies and the ability to forecast the profitability of a fashion product. You will analyse the buying calendar and get the opportunity to correctly plan the purchase of a seasonal collection using a balanced combination of products and brands responding to current trends and influences.

With the advancement of fashion retail and using digital technology including AI and data strategies buyers more than ever require more understanding of how consumers perceive a collection. We will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of how to put together an appealing, desirable and winning fashion collection. You get to explore further the relationship of visual merchandising and sales, negotiation techniques, and soft skills in communication, decision making, time management, leadership, and team working all of which enable you to apply the experience acquired on live industry projects to prepare for your own professional buying strategy for business, as well as potential industry start-ups.

  • Buying Management in the retail environment
  • Forecasting in Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • Product Development and Supply Chain Management – Fibres and Fabrics, Innovation and tech
  • Fashion Merchandising and Finance for Range Planning and Merchandising
  • Data Strategies and Future Retail Ventures
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Setting up or transforming their own business
  • Fashion Buyer
  • Merchandiser
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Product Development – Manager
  • CRM specialist
  • Logistics and retail management
  • E-commerce online Fashion Buyer
  • Category Manager
  • E-commerce category merchandiser
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Wholesale Manager

We encourage students through creative innovation, enterprise and professional development to explore their own vision and professional preparation for various roles in the fashion industry which foster innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving.

 

Badges of Excellence recognise a school’s strengths in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.

  • Global Influence – The global reputation and influence of a school, based on the selectivity of a school in admitting applicants and the enrolment rates of admitted applicants.
  • Long-Term Value – The students' preparedness for the real world, based on student progression rates provided by the schools, assessing student satisfaction around employment, career preparedness and accessibility of alumni.

An Overall BoF Score was then awarded to each institution based on the sum-weighted score across all three key indices.  

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