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Circle of Gentlemen to add sports-inspired line to men's collection

Dutch premium menswear brand Circle of Gentlemen is to add a sports-inspired line to its existing collection for autumn 12.

The brand’s “Club Collection” will offer vintage-inspired shirts, heavy deconstructed jersey jackets, five-pocket chinos, polos and denim shirts, alongside its existing men’s tailoring-based line.  

Sales agent Mark Hickling, sales agent at agency Marc Alexander, has said the brand is on track to more than double its 22 UK stockists for A12 - aiming for 45. Key stockists for S12 include indies Psyche of Middlesbrough, Stephen Lawrence in Chichester, Brocks in Cirencester, Richmond classics in Bournemouth and Signature in Aberdeen.

The men’s collection for A12 focuses on sharp tailored styles including full suits and Egyptian cotton shirts, as well as double-breasted coats, rain-proof padded coats and waistcoats. It also features single-breasted and field jackets in English fabrics such as Shetland tweed.

Circle of Gentlemen offers four collections a year, two main forward buy and two limited edition collections, which are available on a first come first serve basis in season.

Hickling said: “It’s about short bursts of nice product that get full margin and keep the consumer coming through the door.”

A number of indies, including Warwicks of Windsor, have reported a 90% sell-through on Circle of Gentleman shirts they bought for A11. The brand is sitting alongside others including Paul Smith, Etro, Holland Esquire and Duchamp, with wholesale prices ranging from around £41 for a shirt to approximately £207 for outerwear.

Warwicks manager John Abrahams said: “We’ve only stocked shirts so far as it’s still a very new brand but everything has sold really quickly. We’ll probably be looking at the Club collection now as well.”  

Hickling added that trousers and knitwear are fast catching up the sales volumes of shirts and jackets.

Circle of Gentlemen’s main markets are the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Italy, UK, Canada, Nigeria and Mexico, with more than 400 stockists globally.

The brand will show at Premium, Berlin and Modefabriek, Amsterdam at the end of this month.

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