Retail Ready with Fiona Chautard and Ryan James
2:00 pm14:00

Retail Ready with Fiona Chautard and Ryan James

One-day masterclass for fashion designers at pre-start or startup stage looking to know the basics of starting up and running a fashion business.

Start 2019 as you mean to go on in this series of Starting Up Masterclasses fresh for the New Year: Retail Ready with Fiona Chautard and Ryan James.

This masterclass will give you the tools to get your work ready for market.

Fiona Chautard will support you to define and understand your audience, look at the differences between wholesale and direct selling and cost and price your work correctly. The group will then walk round the corner to Ryan James Menswear Store where founder James Rennie will offer insight into approaching and building relationships with buyers followed by an informal Q&A and networking with fellow attendees.

Attendees will finish the day with:

  • A defined customer 

  • Clear grasp on costing and pricing 

  • Basic retail strategy

  • New connections within the Scottish design industry

You will be asked to think about:

  • Your ideal stockists

  • Brands you admire

  • Brands you align your work with

Please send over any questions you have for Fiona and James and we can pose them for you on the day.



*This Masterclass is the first of three focusing on Starting Up Your Fashion Business. Attend all three to get a discount on the final one!


Fiona Chautard is a qualified business coach, experienced mentor and adviser to the creative industries with a specialism in fashion, textiles and design. She is the specialist industry adviser for fashion, textiles and retail at Textiles Scotland, Cultural Enterprise Office and Fashion Foundry where she advises & mentors creative businesses and individuals. She is a mentor for the Craft Council and Fashion Foundry and serves on advisory boards at Caledonian University and Textiles Scotland.

James Rennie is the director behind Ryan James Studio - an independent menswear store in Glasgow. Opened in July 2017, Ryan James Studio curates clothing, grooming and accessory brands from the UK and Europe.

Photo by Ciorstaidh Monk, Jennifer Kent Store.

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