Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
The first trade show I’ll be attending in 2013 is Bread & Butter (pictured) in January – I’m looking forward to the autumn 13 show. It will be interesting to see which brands are showing and to see what the footfall is like compared with previous shows. After Berlin I’ll be going down to London to Jacket Required to have a look at the smaller niche brands which will add that point of difference to our business.
We’ll be targeting Pitti Uomo (pictured) in Florence, Tranoï and Capsule in Paris. Pitti is the real kick-off for menswear – a place where the whole world gathers together, from young designers to established brands, and also a great opportunity to meet suppliers to source unique products. Following that is Tranoï, which offers a very focused selection of designers. Finishing off with Capsule, where you can cast your eyes on some great heritage-finished products.
For autumn 13 I’ll visit Pitti Uomo in Florence. Almost everyone goes there, so there is a great energy. White (pictured) in Milan is getting better and better, so I usually co-ordinate my showroom meetings so I can see what’s going on there. In Paris I visit Capsule and Man, and in London I visit Jacket Required. And now in January I also plan to visit London Collections: Men.
We’re attending Bread & Butter as it’s still the only place to see all the big brands under one roof. We’ll visit Capsule in Paris for premium brands, which means we don’t need to go to New York. Streetwear is a big growth area for us, and we found Agenda (pictured) in Los Angeles very useful last season, so will be back again. UK-wise, Jacket Required is growing in stature each season and has become a regular part of our calendar.