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Six of the Best

Our series continues with two more major agencies revealing buyers’ favourite pieces so far this season.

Stefano Cardoni
Co-founder of Index London

Stefano Cardoni

Stefano Cardoni

1. BD Baggies
Washed cotton, micro-dot long-sleeveD shirt, €33 (£26)

“Index is bringing this US shirt brand directly to the UK market this season; until now the collection was available only through a Milan showroom. The range comprises 30 shirt options, and this one features an unusual micro print. It is a very well-priced, high-quality casual shirt.”

2. Griffin
Limited-edition fishtail parka, £170

“This is an innovative item from an iconic British designer. It’s limited edition, with only 100 available worldwide. Both the camouflage print and the fabric have won over buyers.”

3. The Midnight Coal Co
Lucky double-breasted blazer, £210

“The Midnight Coal Co, a UK-based brand made in Italy, is launching for spring 15 as a capsule collection under the theme Poolside, hence the subtle nautical element. This piece represents the brand through and through. Buyers love the silver buttons and the garment’s contemporary fit, together with the high-quality fabric, which is 100% cotton.”

4. Esemplare
Patch Blazer, €187 (£150)

“This piece represents the Italian brand’s transition under its new owners [Esemplare was sold by Manifattura Riese to Italian manufacturing company Pattern last year]. The DNA of the past collections has been updated with sharper lines and a cleaner look without being completely oppressed. Buyers have picked up on this and selected this deconstructed, uncanvassed blazer in their orders.”

5. Salvatore
Piccolo Capri shorts, €83 (£67)

“Buyers have loved the fabric, print and the fact that the style has the right balance between a sartorial and casual construction. The shorts are made from exclusive Italian cotton with a paisley print.”

6. Baracuta
Teflon-coated G9 in oil green, £106

“British label Baracuta’s G9 Harrington jacket is a timeless piece that buyers have been supporting for a long time as it leads to great sales. This new colour has been very popular this season.”

Denise Tavernier
Sales director at Chiltern Street Studios

Denise Tavernier

Denise Tavernier

1. Odd Molly swimwear
Nudieful bikini, €21 (£17)
“As a new addition to the range, Swedish label Odd Molly has created a swimwear capsule for spring 15 that reflects the feminine feel of the womenswear mainline with the same signature print and colour combos. Clean, easy shapes work well on the body, while supportive designs make these pieces practical and wearable. Buyers have liked having something new to offer their loyal customers.”

2. Bonne Maison
Double thread cotton socks, €6.30 (£5)

“Socks appear to be the new scarf for spring 15 as add-on purchases, and buyers have been picking this pair from French brand Bonne Maison. The brand uses Egyptian cotton and executes immense precision in its designs. Each season is built around four themes with 12 pairs in each. This season the Acanthus Leaf theme has been the most popular.”

3. Emma Go
Page wedge, €68 (£54)

“This is our second season with Danish label Emma Go and the Page wedge is the most comfortable heel we’ve ever come across. With secure straps and a robust build, this flattering shape comes in six colour and fabric variations, this nubuck leather style being the most popular.”

4. Primrose Park
Leaf shirt dress, £85

“This UK brand is new for spring 15 and features strong prints and colour throughout the line. Primrose Park works with shapes that complement the body and is perfect for both casualwear and occasionwear. Buyers particularly appreciate this day-to-evening adaptability.”

5. Rabens Saloner
Petal Dress, £95

“Danish label Rabens Saloner is committed to ethical practices and designer Birgitte Raben Olrik strives to find small artisans to help bring her collections to life. Buyers are particularly encouraged when brands are ethically sourced and produced and this dress also displays the kind of craftsmanship buyers look for from Rabens, creating its own aesthetic with an individual, authentic touch.”

6. Laurence Doligé
Jalouse pant, £TBC

“No one can refuse animal print, especially when it’s sequined, and buyers at the moment want casual, easy pieces with pizazz. French label Laurence Doligé’s loose-fit pants are easy to wear and liven up a classic. The sports luxe trend is still going strong this season and these work well within that theme.”


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