The pick of the brands from the spring 16 editions of Danish trade exhibitions CIFF, CIFF Raven and Revolver (August 5-7), plus top buyers views on the three shows.
Story Manufacturing – CIFF Raven
London’s unisex denim-focused label Story Manufacturing launched its first 19-piece collection at CIFF Raven for spring 16. With a capsule collection launching exclusively into London store LNCC for autumn 15, wider sales books are now open for spring. Manufactured in England, everything is hand dyed using natural bespoke dyes, hand loomed, hand spun and hand woven, focusing on vintage-inspired silhouettes but with modern finishing and clean hardware. Stand out items include a denim jacket based on a 1940s pleat front style with dropped shoulders and a longer, oversized jacket inspired by a vintage 1940s prison uniform.
Wholesale prices range from £80 for a long shirt to £130 for a jacket.
Matt & Nat - Revolver
Canadian eco accessories brand Matt & Nat, known for its vegan leather bags and recycled fabrics, launched its first women’s footwear collection at Revolver for spring 16. The range includes eight styles, ranging from casual and sporty hi tops and trainers, summery sandals, stacked sole flatform lace ups and chunky tomboy brogues in a variety of colours.
Wholesale prices range from £26 for a sandal to £53 for a brogue.
ATP Atelier – Revolver
ATP Atelier, or All Tomorrow’s Parties, make women’s footwear handmade in Tuscany using eco vegetable dye on its leather. Showing only new spring 16 styles, best sellers so far include a minimal flat sandal featuring single-toe strap with a wide bar across the foot, cork wedged heels and a low-heeled wrapped strap sandal.
Wholesale prices range from €50 (£35) for a simple flat sandal to €131 (£92) for strappy high heels.
020 7608 9100
7 Chic Avenue – Revolver
German label 7 Chic Label debuted it collection of silk shirts and blouses at Revolver for spring 16.
Available to stock all year round, the seasonless range will introduce five new styles or colours every six months. Available in three qualities of silk, the first range includes black, grey, soft pink, white and dark green across tops that include a low scoop neck, a button front slit option and a longer style with gathered neck detail.
Wholesale prices range from DK 463 (£43) to DK 740 (£70).
+45 27 14 44 47
Jaeha – CIFF
Jaeha is a British womenswear brand that relaunched three seasons ago as a contemporary label. Traditional menswear items such as tailored trousers, smart white shirts and smart blazer jackets are distorted into interesting new shapes, with exaggerated silhouettes and panelled sections. A sleeveless wrap front panelled top and matching wrap panel skirt in blue and white are best sellers.
Wholesale prices range from £60 for shorts to £330 for a coat.
020 7232 1608
Valentine Gauthier – CIFF
French womenswear brand Valentine Gauthier launched five years, with its signature blend of retro inspirations and contemporary updates. For spring 16, delicate blouses and light peplum dresses feature embroidered patterns that resemble artistic sketches. Smart blazers are reimagined with new details, such as sporty elasticated collars, while fringing and suede channel the 1970s.
Wholesale prices range from €50 (£35) for a cotton shirt to €150 (£105) for a leather skirt.
+45 22 79 74 66
Atea Oceanie – CIFF
Born in New Zealand, trained in America and now based in London, Laura Myers’ minimalist womenswear brand Atea Oceanie caught our eye thanks to its crisp fabrics and simple, wearable shapes. Focusing on a wardrobe of interchangeable pieces, key styles include striped shirts, simple round-neck denim dresses, long shirt dresses and crisp blazers in a restrained palette of white, grey and blue.
Wholesale prices range from £28 for a T-shirt to £143 for a boucle wool blazer.
020 3227 4970
ADPT – CIFF
For its second womenswear collection, Danish men’s and women’s brand ADPT, which is part of the Bestseller brand stable, is selling in the UK sales for the first time. Continuing its denim-focused clean and casual look, the standout styles for spring include an over shirt in light suede, a feminine take on the sporty bomber jacket worked in a silky fabric, and longline collared shirts and knitted jumpers featuring side slits to create movement.
Wholesale prices range from €6.65 (£4.69) for a T-shirt to €62.90 (£44) for a suede shirt.
020 7650 2000
ARCT – CIFF
Based in Norway, ARCT started life as an accessories brand four years ago and has now grown into a full ready-to-wear collection for both men and women, alongside several unisex pieces and a basics line of T-shirts and vests. Irreverent slogan patches appear across items such as a multi-pocket cropped jacket and wide-legged shorts for men, while attractive fabrics such as a cotton, silk and cashmere blends appear on thin polo shirts and summer knits.
Wholesale prices range from €17 (£12) for a T-shirt to €74 (£52) for a jacket.
+47 91 75 97 39
Olaf Hussein – CIFF Raven
Amsterdam-born designer Olaf Hussein describes his eponymous brand as “modern menswear with a sporty flavour” and has introduced more styles to move away from its denim-focused origins. Buyers’ favourites for spring 16 include a smart shirt featuring a zip, a trench coat in an Italian technical fabric and a simple utility overshirt in bold cobalt blue.
Wholesale prices range from €35 (£24) for a shirt to €108 (£76) for a jacket.
Harmony – CIFF Raven
French name Harmony showed its menswear collection at CIFF Raven, comprising a modern blend of smart and casual. The standout item this season is a sportswear-inspired bomber jacket complete with elasticated waist and round neck that has been reworked in a smart suit fabric and given neatly tailored front pockets, alongside a collarless baseball shirt in classic white shirting fabric.
Wholesale prices range from €29 (£20) for a T-shirt to €200 (£141) for a coat.
+33 62 53 41 949
Sideline – CIFF
Launched for spring 15, womenswear brand Sideline makes casual, denim-led clothing with a pared-back feel. A simple kimono-like denim jacket features colourful embroidery in a slightly ethnic triangle pattern, with silky tops and matching mid-length skirts also feature embroidered designs.
Wholesale prices range from £55 for an embroidered top to £100 for a denim trench coat.
020 3227 4970
Emma Anderson, junior womenswear buyer at Harvey Nichols
Of all the trade shows I’ve been to this season CIFF is the one I want to spend the most time at because it’s got such a lovely atmosphere – its welcoming and not overbearing. The attention to detail is great. I look at all the different areas, even though I only buy womenswear from some of the show. The product is good and it’s been worthwhile as I’ve seen lots of brands not already on my radar.
Ben Hurren, men’s casual and denim buyer, Selfridges
The trip has been good as I’ve caught up with lots of strong brands. It’s good to come here to see Scandi brands I can’t see elsewhere in London or Paris, although the shows are a little late for me. The layout and look feels like brand installations, which is a lot more personal and gives a real idea of what the brand is about.
Debra McCann, director of womenswear store The Mercantile London in east London
CIFF is improving each season. It used to feel very corporate but now it’s nice that it feels so upbeat and full of spirit, and Revolver has been very strong. We visit Copenhagen because we can speak to our Danish brands and designers directly and get to see the whole collection, not just the UK sales agents’ small edit in London. I’m always looking for new brands here, I want something unique to myself.
Laura Southern, senior buyer – brands and concessions at Topman
Copenhagen is good for us. CIFF is amazing, very nicely edited. It’s refreshing to walk into a trade show and feel excited to walk around. CIFF’s Raven Project format means you see the product much clearer. Revolver is good but I’m seeing a lot of the same brands as always.
Rachel Fordham, junior buyer – womenswear contemporary at Liberty
The trade show was good and it was nice to see a real diverse mix of product. It was also nice to see some more international and bigger brands showing at both CIFF and Revolver. We picked up some newness and found plenty of brands off schedule, interestingly, that we will be following.