Fashion buying: an introduction

Get the skills and knowledge needed to start your career in fashion buying. On this introductory course, you will be guided step-by-step through the buying process, enabling you to make the leap forward into the fast paced world of fashion.

You will learn how to build an innovative and well balanced collection, to review and critique your own work whilst having the opportunity to develop your own independent ideas. This course will help you to think creatively and commercially whilst covering all aspects of what a fashion buyer actually does and the everyday challenges that you will face.

Topics covered: 

  • Defining your vision and the use of mood boards
  • How to select your colours and combinations
  • Creating an innovative and well balanced collection
  • Price structure, margins and their importance
  • Budgets and planning 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will have gained valuable insights into the fundamentals of fashion buying. You will have developed the confidence to apply your skills in the workplace. This includes knowing how to formulate your strategy, as well as making the right choices to maximise sales and achieve your targets.

What you need to bring

Notebooks and pens/pencils or laptop for note taking


6 weeks


Tuesdays, 18:30-20:30


Coming soon


£250 (inc. VAT)

About your tutor: Debra Winstanley

Debra is a commercial/creative former Head of Buying for a national brand with in-depth knowledge of fashion, from volume high street to limited high-end. 

Having worked in London, Paris and Istanbul, she has extensive experience in managing the buying process from vision, through production, to shop floor. 

As a Buying Director, Debra has an impressive commercial track record, ensuring her brands were well positioned for a long-term sustainable future. 


Any questions?

Please contact us on shortcourses@rave.ac.uk

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