Looking to freshen up your spring ranges? Check out our menswear quick fixes.
Summer 14 sees Bellfield moving on its fabrics and prints to maintain a young, contemporary feel. For menswear, this includes suede for bomber jackets and loop-back jersey fabric for shorts, while standout pieces include a deep blue ombré-effect jumper and tropical-print T-shirts. Core basics such as plain T-shirts continue to sell well, while lightweight cotton jackets and lotus-print swim shorts and T-shirts have been popular with buyers at Jacket Required. Represented by Just Consultancies, wholesale prices range from £5 for vests to £38.50 for leather jackets.
020 7739 7620 www.bellfieldclothing.com
Knitwear brand Glenbrae debuted a new range of colours at Moda this season, including jewel tones for its lambswool and fine-gauge merino collections, as well as a zip-neck style in long-sleeved and sleeveless versions. Best-selling pieces so far include the classic V-neck and round-neck lambswool sweaters.
The brand is making a concerted effort to sell to independent retailers in the country clothing market. Stockists include Manns of Cranleigh in Surrey, Carter’s Country Wear in Helmsley and Barkers in Northallerton, both in North Yorkshire. Wholesale prices range from £29.95 for a classic V-neck in lambswool to £55 for a lined windbreaker in lambswool.
07873 952241 www.glenbraeknitwear.com
Ethical brand Rapanui, founded in 2008, has expanded its menswear and womenswear collections to include a line of fashion basics, including plain bamboo T-shirts and organic cotton tops, alongside its main slogan T-shirt range. Key menswear pieces that have sold well for spring 14 include a polar bear-print T-shirt and a shark-print T-shirt; co-founder Rob Drake-Knight asserts that animal prints have been really popular for the past few seasons. Stockists include etailers Surfdome and Skatehut.
Wholesale prices for T-shirts range from £8 to £10.
01983 409790 www.rapanuiclothing.com
T-shirt label Divine Trash has absorbed its sub-brand Trash for spring 14, with both now operating under the Divine Trash banner, and expanded into a full clothing collection for the first time. On the men’s side, the new range includes pieces such as shell tracksuits and windbreakers, plus T-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts. Details such as branded zips have been added, while new fabrics include meshes and Airtex, mixed with poly-treated jersey for an emphasis on a premium street meets sportswear aesthetic. The brand is stocked in 150 UK independents, as well as Footasylum and USC.
Represented by Blah Blah Blah Clothing, wholesale prices range from £6 for T-shirts to £28 for jackets.
0161 235 5247 www.original-trash.com
Streetwear brand AKA continues to develop its men’s and women’s collections, and the introduction of more expensive fabrics has resulted in price rises.
The men’s range includes joggers with leatherette panelling, mesh bombers and viscose shirts, as well as detailing such as zips on the brand’s signature digitally printed jersey T-shirts. Stockists include Bank, Fallen Hero in Scunthorpe and Resurrection in Liverpool. Represented by Rogue Agency, wholesale prices range from £8.25 for T-shirts to £31.50 for mesh bombers, with a
07814 239699 www.alsoknownasaka.com
Colour is king at Native Youth, with space-dye jersey, floral-printed cottons and washed denim the focus. Swimwear has been a bestseller, with the range growing from four to 12 styles for spring 14 in an assortment of prints. Technical pieces have also been expanded, with windbreakers and fisherman jackets selling well. UK stockists include Asos and Urban Outfitters. Represented by Just Consultancies, wholesale prices range from £7 for T-shirts, to £11.50 for shirts and £21.50 for jackets, with a 3.5 mark-up.
020 7739 7620 www.native-youth.com
This spring, Voi Jeans’ best-selling pieces have been polos, hoodies, joggers and jackets, which wholesale at £8 for T-shirts to £34 for outerwear. Major pieces include a shirt with button-down collar and contrast roll-up sleeves (below), and a sleeveless denim jacket. The brand supplies in-season top-ups on short order but will operate four collections per year from spring 15.
01772 841973 www.voijeans.com
Friend or Faux
A bold, colourful collection is served up by Friend or Faux for spring 14, with bright sublimation prints and cheeky graphics depicting Northern monkeys. Across its range of T-shirts, vests and sweaters, pricing has been maintained from last season - wholesale prices range from £8 to £24. Bestsellers so far have been T-shirts with Salvador Dali-inspired prints, vests with the phrase ‘Sun’s Out’ emblazoned across them and rainbow tie-dye-effect vests. Stockists include Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Asos and Zalando. The brand is represented by Just Consultancies.
020 7739 7620 www.friendorfaux.co.uk
This London brand has broadened its range for spring - the bulk of its collection is made up of branded T-shirts and signature Rio carnival tees. The new collection features all-over printed sweatshirts and T-shirts, with contrast-sleeved details and arty graphics, in a move away from its previous photo-print T-shirts. A paisley-arm sweatshirt and eagle-print T-shirt sold well at Jacket Required, and Serge DeNimes now has UK stockists including Harvey Nichols, Midlands indie Diffusion and The Shop at Bluebird. Represented by Apex Agency, wholesale prices range from £16.50 for T-shirts to £26.50 for sweats.
07787 411245 www.sergedenimes.com