Need a stock update? Freshen things up for autumn 13 with these short-order favourites.
“The men’s tailoring has been doing amazingly, in flecked and windowpane herringbone - there’s a real gap in the market for it,” says Juls Dawson, sales agent for men’s and women’s wear brand Bellfield. “Heavy outerwear has also been popular, particularly the arctic parka update [from £14.50 wholesale].
“Woodland themes and stained-glass prints on jersey have been good for women. There’s also a good tapestry theme, trimming jackets and separates and covering a great bomber jacket.”
The brand’s men’s footwear, which launched for spring 13, has been popular too, joined by the debut range of women’s footwear options for autumn 13. Leather and pleather have also been introduced for the first time across menswear and womenswear.
Wholesale prices from £5 for vests and from £36.50 for a suit (jackets from £21 and trousers from £15.50)
Contact 020 7739 7620
Ruby Rocks’ signature dresses come in a host of new patterns and fabrics for autumn 13, from casual to dressier options. A loose-fitting dress with a layered sheer lace overlay stands out, alongside tulip-skirted options and maxi lengths.
Jennifer MacDonald, Ruby Rocks’ director, says: “Separates to mix and match have also been bestsellers, in particular kimono tops, bomber jackets, culottes and light woven sweat tops.”
Autumn 13’s print and pattern pieces feature Eastern-inspired peacocks, oriental dragon designs and geometric Aztec shapes.
Wholesale prices £18 for a dress to £24 for a bomber jacket
Contact 07973 718301
Neon Rose offers an on-trend take on the grungy look hitting the high street this autumn.
“We’re keeping the silhouette easy and timeless, with skater skirts, cut-out side dresses and a new high-neck dress shape,” says Amy Kumar, the womenswear brand’s director.
PU trims, acid-wash jersey and fabric combinations such as lace and check jersey all feature.
“The Aztec-patterned vest with PU trim has been one of our bestsellers, and the acid-wash jersey wrap dress has been great in terms of sales,” says Kumar.
Wholesale prices £6.50 for a striped T-shirt to £23.20 for a PU-sleeved faux fur-trim hooded parka
Contact 0161 235 5289
“After the recent appointment of a new design team, [this collection] really marks the evolution of the brand,” says Polly Pritchett, head of sales at Self Service, Finders Keepers’ UK agent and distributor. “They’ve introduced neoprene structured separates, asymmetric dresses, sportswear-inspired bralets and contemporary playsuits.”
The womenswear collection also includes signature asymmetric dresses, structured peplum bustiers and sportswear-inspired sweaters.
Wholesale prices £18 for a cotton vest to £88 for a cotton parka jacket
Contact 020 7725 5700
“Heritage and preppy are the key trends for guys,” says Angela Robinson, branding manager at Whispering Smith, which designs and wholesales Brave Soul. “It’s all about the yarn and fabric texture for womenswear, with Lurex giving added sparkle.”
Items topping buyers’ lists include chunky Christmas jumpers and the brand’s signature duffle coat for men. Geometric, patterned and fluffy textured knits stand out for women.
Wholesale prices £6.99 for knitwear to £25 for a jacket
Contact 01618 313700
Good basics are often hard to find, but ethical brand Rapanui has launched a new short-order range that ticks both quality and ethical boxes. The 12-piece collection includes plain vests, tops, T-shirts and hoodies in a range of colours, derived from bamboo, eucalyptus and organic cotton and made in a factory powered by wind turbines. Accessible price points start at £3.98 with a 2.5 mark-up.
“We want to give people the option to go for something that’s bang on trend and has a genuine approach to solving some of the problems in fashion supply chains,” says Mart Drake-Knight, co-founder of the brand.
Wholesale prices £3.98 for a cotton T-shirt to £9.98 for a zip-through hoodie
Contact 01983 409790
“Lots of the monochrome and neon pieces have been doing really well,” says Lucy Cosens, wholesale manager at womenswear label Poppy Lux. “Buyers have been going for less body-con dresses, which is what Poppy Lux started out with.”
Popular styles have included maxi shapes and looser skater-style dresses and skirts. Other key pieces include a monochrome checkerboard-print twin set, sporty floral sweatshirts and dresses with geometric sheer-panel cut-outs.
Wholesale prices £8 for a skirt to £15.35 for a dress
Contact 01273 911393
“We’ve taken inspiration from the ladylike 1940s influences seen on the runway, as well as incorporating some real statement metallics for Christmas,” says Katie Martin, sales executive at Louche. “Our coats this season are directional too, with heavy use of oversized, boyfriend silhouettes.”
Bestsellers from last season make a return, including a twist-front dress and fun intarsia knits. Leopard, signature florals and geometric houndstooth are key patterns, while fluffy knits and metallic faux leathers provide textural interest.
Wholesale prices range from £8 for a T-shirt to £40 for dresses
Contact 020 7091 1886