Fashion Merchandising

Focus on the business side of fashion. Fashion merchandisers strategize the best way to advertise and sell clothes. They identify trends, track inventory, and look for ways to increase profits. They have a deep understanding of the fashion industry, from product development to merchandising textile and apparel products.  

Study Away: New York

The study away program is offered in January and July and focuses on the center of the US fashion Industry. For information, contact

Study Abroad: Paris 

The study abroad program takes place for two weeks in June and focuses on the luxury fashion industry. For information, contact

Study Abroad: Italy 

The study abroad program takes place in January and June. It focuses on manufacturing and retailing fashion in Italy. For information, contact

  • Retail Buyer
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Product Designer / Pattern Maker
  • Store Operations Manager
  • Stylist / Fashion Coordinator / Fashion Director
  • Textiles Testing & Evaluation Specialist
  • Fashion Product Developer
  • Costumer
  • Visual Display Manager / Merchandiser

Job outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of purchasing managers and buyers and purchasing agents is projected to decline 3 percent from 2016 to 2026. The outsourcing and automation of less complex procurement functions are among contributing factors causing employment declines for these occupations.

The median annual wage for purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents:  

  • CA: $141,400 (purchasing managers)
  • US: $67,600

  • Business skills: Fashion merchandisers are passionate about fashion and have a deep understanding of the fashion industry. They should know how to efficiently set budgets, establish prices, and direct teams. 
  • Communication skills: Fashion merchandisers must be able to communicate the vision of the clothing line. They must also be able to give clear instructions. 
  • Leadership abilities: Fashion merchandisers must form strong working relationships with their team. This may include motivating staff, resolving conflicts, and dealing with customer-related problems. 
  • Decision-making skills: Fashion merchandisers must make informed and timely decisions when choosing apparel they think will sell.