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National treasures

Independent retailers from across the UK and Republic of Ireland reveal their best-selling items to provide a snapshot of current sales trends

Koo, Blackpool - Brands stocked: Marc Cain, Roberto Cavalli, Rock & Republic, Save the Queen

"At £369, the Victoria Beckham Rock & Republic jean gives women a feeling of celebrity status. The bestseller comes in a mid-wash with crystals on the back pocket logos, and a lot of celebrities have been seen in them. It sells so well because of the fit. It gives the bottom a great shape for all women who try the style on." - Carolyn Cinardi, manager

Peter Charles Menswear, Lancaster - Brands stocked: Bugatti, Hugo Boss, Paul & Shark

"Paul & Shark knitwear has been selling really well. There's a navy men's knit with a high neck and short zip at £247 that's a winner - it has light blue panels on the shoulders and everything about it is spot on. It fits really well so it looks great on. It strays away from the basic sweater look and I think that's why it sells." - Nigel Broadbent, partner

Louis Copeland, Dublin - Brands stocked: Brioni, Canali, Hugo Boss, Paul & Shark, Polo Ralph Lauren

"Canali's pinstriped suit at £995 is our best-selling style at the moment. It is the closest an off-the-peg version can get to a tailored suit. No tailoring or alterations are needed, so it works for our customers. It is our bestseller by far and the exceptional quality helps to generate repeat customers." - John O'Donoghue, sales manager

Rio, Belfast - Brands stocked: Cast Iron, Gant, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger

"The long-sleeved floral print Ted Baker shirts, priced from £75 to £85, are a great alternative to stripes, which most men are fed up with. It took guys a while to wear something other than T-shirts, but now they're catching onto the layering trend and these shirts help that look." - Paul Stinson, manager

Chessmen, Cardiff - Brands stocked: Diesel, Firetrap, G-Star, Henleys

"The white knitted Henleys hoodie for men is priced at £50 and is selling really well. It's popular because it comes in a great range of colours with different designs on the front, and has a great cut. It has really caught the imagination. Henleys provides excellent service on stock deliveries, the sales agent is great and keeps us constantly up to date." - Akeel Rafiq, manager

Coco's Womenswear, Frome - Brands stocked: Betty Barclay, Great Plains, Nougat, Stills

"It's hard to predict so far which will be the bestsellers, but both Nougat and White Stuff are doing well. Customers have picked up on White Stuff's three-quarter sleeve green jersey dress with an abstract print. It's very easy to wear, plus at £50 it provides an entry-level price for us." - Annette Davis, owner

Quest Clothing, Falkirk - Brands stocked: Diesel, G-Star, Hugo Boss, Paul & Shark, CP Company

"The CP Company waist-length waterproof jacket at £450 is our best-selling item at the moment. It has a contemporary, casual look and the fit is excellent. We sell four or five a week. The high price never deters customers." - Chris Kallus, manager

Ray's Menswear, Alnwick - Brands stocked: Full Circle, Henri-Lloyd, Marc O'Polo, Nigel Hall

"Florentino linen shirts have sold really well among 35- to 45-year-olds. The quality is fantastic, they come in superb colours and, at £70, are a great price. The bestsellers have been the soft, fresh green and the green with lilac stripes. When you're selling linen shirts in February and March, it tells you they must be spot on because no-one is even wearing them yet." - Ray Johnson, owner

Aqua Couture, Leeds - Brands stocked: Arrogant Cat, Buddhist Punk, James Steward

"The rose-detail layered-style jumper dress by Arrogant Cat is selling really well because it gives such a sexy look, and it is a look that all shapes and sizes can wear. The dress costs £97. It's a trendy, funkier look and fits in with the layered trend that's so popular at the moment." - Julie Lingard, owner.

Diffusion, Wolverhampton - Brands stocked: Armani Jeans, D&G, Diesel, Firetrap, G-Star, J Lindeberg, Ted Baker

"Our top-selling style is the G-Star Elwood jean at £99 in both men's and women's. It has a loose fit and a casual look with lots of stitch detail. The unusual stitching provides a different look without being fussy, and the jeans' fit really seems to suit everyone." - Durand Bailey, manager

Giulio, Cambridge - Brands stocked: DKNY, Miu Miu, Prada Sport, Temperley London

"The J Brand skinny jean in dark denim is right on trend and has proved very popular with customers. It has a beautiful fit and looks great on women. Even if a woman has a fuller figure, she can tuck the jeans into boots and they look great. The style sells for £140." - Rebecca Kobzik, manager

Charli, London - Brands stocked: European Culture, Missoni, Paige Premium Denim

"Our top-selling style is the Paige Premium Denim Hollywood Hills Vintage Mystique at £170. It's not a skinny jean and people are trying to move on to the next trend. You can wear it with flip flops, unlike skinny jeans. It fits well and is a great casual look." - Sangita Ebrahin, owner

Amber, Chichester - Brands stocked: Betty Jackson, Day Birger et Mikkelsen, Joseph, Lilith

"The Diane von Furstenberg silk and jersey V-neck dress with short sleeves in navy and white is our bestseller at the moment. It costs £288. It's not a wrap dress, but it's popular because it feels good and is very flattering to all shapes and sizes. The style is very versatile. You can wear it by itself or layer it over linen trousers." - Jude Bird, owner.

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