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AIS positive despite tough trading

Visitors to AIS menswear show in Solihull were in a buoyant mood despite a tough start to autumn 07.

Buyers at the show said that trade had picked up nearer Christmas and exhibitors were encouraged by the upbeat atmosphere.

Exhibitor Steel & Jelly's merchandise manager Amarjit Salh said: "Thursday and Friday were busier than the first two days because of the non-members."

Member attendance was flat on last year's show but non-member attendance grew 50%. They included the show's first international visitor, Spanish department store El Corte Ingles.

Trends included three-piece tailoring, slimmer-fit suiting and shirts, velvet jackets, and country looks with herringbones.

However, some exhibitors reported lacklustre interest in heavier coats and knits.

AIS head of menswear Richard Ireland said he would be reviewing the exhibitor list for the next menswear show with a view to increasing selectivity. He added that he was pleased with the reaction to AIS menswear own label Kingston.

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