Wow, what a rollercoaster of a season we’ve had.
The public mood has been lifted by the Olympics and the Jubilee, but it’s hard to see if that euphoria has translated into more retail sales.
We’ve been fighting against larger adverse factors such as terrible weather, the recession, and gloomy predictions in the media. For many small retailers, just staying in business has been something to be proud of. I’m lucky my sell-throughs have been pretty good, and there’s only a small amount of Sale stock left in store. In the circumstances, I think that shows the strength of the product.
Looking ahead to spring 13, I’m focusing on trans-seasonal pieces, and luxury quality at affordable prices. Existing and new brands I’ve seen have stepped up to the mark. I’ve seen many good products and have been resisting temptation, holding spending back so as not to go over my budget. The UK shows were fantastic this year: especially Scoop, with a really impressive mix of niche and designer brands, and Pure London, showcasing some more exciting high-end labels.
The new season is starting to arrive now and I’m looking forward to a great autumn. Let’s hope for some good weather, and better economic news.
- Paula Fitzpatrick, Owner of contemporary womenswear indie Love KR in Kensal Rise, London