fashion industry jargon buster

 

On my first day of work as a 21 year old trainee buyer, I thought I had landed on another planet. 

I felt as if everyone was speaking in code and it turns out they were!

Over the years I have pulled together a comprehensive list of acronyms that are used in the fashion industry.

Using these will show the factory that you know that you’re talking about and that you’ve got your shit together!

  • CPR – cost price reduction

  • GMT – garment

  • FTY – factory

  • AOV – average order value

  • ASP – average sell price

  • RPT – repeat

  • RP – range plan

  • QC – quality check / quality controller

  • MOQ – minimum order quantity

  • FOB -Freight on Board

  • CIF – cost insurance freight

  • DTM – dyed to match

  • CMT – cut make & trim

  • CM – centimetres

  • MM – millimetres

  • SNP – side neck point

  • BND – back neck drop

  • FND – front neck drop

  • CAD – computer aided design

  • PX – price

  • RTV – return to vendor

  • RTS – return to seller

  • SKU – stock keeping unit

  • QTY – quantity

  • JIT – just in time

  • LT – leadtime

  • TGT – target

  • ROS – rate of sale

  • WoW – ways of working

  • TW – this week

  • TY – this year

  • LW – last week

  • LY – last year

  • BTS – behind the scenes

  • BTS – back to school

  • OTB – open to buy

  • SS – short sleeve

  • LS – long sleeve

  • LFL – like for like

  • B2B – business to business

  • B2C – business to customer

  • CP – cost price

  • SP – sell price

  • FF – fast forward

  • SEDEX - Supplier Ethical Data Exchange

  • CTR – click through rate

  • KPIS – key performance indicators

  • PPC – pay per click

  • SEO – search engine optimisation

  • EDLP – everyday low price

  • ROI – return on investment

  • LCM – life cycle management

  • OOS – out of stock

  • POS – point of sale

  • WTD – week to date

  • YTD – year to date

  • WOW – week on week

  • YOY – year on year

  • TCX – textile cotton number

  • TPX – textile paper number

  • RTW – ready to wear

  • RFID – radio frequency identification

  • OOTD – outfit of the day

  • LFW – London Fashion Week

  • NYFW – New York Fashion Week

  • PFW – Paris Fashion Week

  • MFW – Milan Fashion Week

  • SS – Spring Summer

  • AW – Autumn Winter

  • AOP – all over print

  • BNWN – Buy now, wear now

  • AR – artificial retail

  • LBD – little black dress

elizabeth x

p.jpg
 
fashionKayleigh Noele