Drapers visited the IMC Buying Group event at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on February 1-2, where extra detail and better-quality garments were a priority for mainstream indies.
Fresh from David Cameron’s visit to its factory in January, Hawick Knitwear showed a range comprising lambswool, merino, British wool and cashmere. The weekend country look is gaining traction, with a green windowpane-check jumper with elbow patches wholesaling at £44 and a three-button 15-gauge jumper for £50.
- 01450 363100 Hawickknitwear.com
Gathering momentum each season, Remus Uomo has about 200 doors in the UK and Ireland, including Psyche in Middlesbrough and Accent in Leeds. Pictured here is a new salt and pepper jacket with contrast collar at £59.
- 033 3456 7777 Douglasandgrahame.com
Tweed remains strong for autumn 15 and Gurteen does not see the trend going away any time soon. Its tweed jackets feature contrast details on pockets and under collars, as well as slimmer silhouettes than previous seasons. The windowpane-check two-button jacket pictured here wholesales at £89.95.
- 01440 765702 Gurteen.co.uk
The Chatham Country collection is slated as an autumn 15 bestseller and is attracting a lot of attention from independents. Leather brogues and lace-up boots with a Harris Tweed upper and a Goodyear-welt construction are £72.90 and £82.90 respectively.
- 01392 822981 Chatham.co.uk
- David Seed, managing director of Hellewell Menswear in Preston
“The autumn 14 season as a whole was quite difficult, but Christmas went well. It feels like there is a bit more buzz about things this spring and we are going in the right direction.”
- Bruce McLaren, Bira president and owner of plus-size independent Dalziel Kingsize Menswear in Woking, Surrey
“It feels like we are just coming up the other side of the hill now in 2015. It has been a long, tough five or six years but we’re starting to see some progress. There’s a positive feeling here at the show right now.”