How to become a Fashion Accessories Retailer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Fashion accessories retailers specialise in supplying a wide range of accessory items such as bags, purses, scarves, belts, hair accessories, sunglasses, watches and jewellery - typically for women, but increasingly also for men and children.

Customers include people buying items to accessorise an outfit for everyday use or special events, or looking for gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.

As well as trading from traditional retail premises, fashion accessories retailers increasingly trade online and some supply by mail order. Many also sell from local market stalls and at vintage fairs, as well as via online marketplaces such as ASOS Marketplace, eBay and Etsy.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a fashion accessories retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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