How to become a Menswear Retailer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Menswear retailers specialise in supplying the latest in men's fashion and accessories, including formalwear, casualwear, sportswear, nightwear, underwear and outdoor clothing. Many also supply a selection of footwear, as well as bags, ties, sunglasses and belts. Some supply branded and designer label wear or seasonal and specialist items such as swimwear and lightweight formal clothing, such as suits for weddings held abroad in warm climates.

Menswear retailers typically supply general mid-range clothing items or high-end niche designer garments for men of all age groups with a particular style. Some also provide in-house tailoring and a personal shopping service.

As well as trading from traditional retail premises, menswear retailers increasingly trade online and some supply by mail order. Many also sell via online marketplaces such as ASOS Marketplace, eBay and Amazon.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a menswear retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and 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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