Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
After many years wasting away in the shadows, the spring boot, autumn’s unloved ugly sister, has finally got her groove back. Wedges and strappy sandals have been put on hold with metallic boots from brands such as Bronx (pictured) drafted in to give a refresh to the winter wardrobe until the warmer weather arrives.
My delivery of spring clothing started to arrive in early February and is still selling well. The footwear collection arrived around mid-March, which is just as well considering how cold it was. In terms of sales, clothing and accessories are just topping footwear. However, I’m pleased with how the season has started and look forward to the sun actually coming out. Ilse Jacobsen (pictured), Audley and C Doux have all been doing well.
So far, spring hasn’t been very good. We’ve had six weeks of persistent wind chill and sub-zero temperatures. People are delaying buying summer product and, not surprisingly, sales of flip-flops haven’t taken off yet. Brands we’re hoping will pick up soon include Fly London and Unisa (pictured).
Spring 13 footwear has started slowly for us but this can be put down to the extreme cold weather. People aren’t in the mood for buying summer sandals. Fortunately we invested strongly in wedge trainers from Ash (pictured) and Paul Green that can be worn throughout the seasons, and these have been our strongest-selling trends.