Industry insiders share their thoughts.
The strongest for me were Pitti Uomo, Seek Berlin (pictured) and Gallery in Copenhagen. I thought the shows were positive this season, maybe less busy in terms of footfall, dare I say, but nevertheless the vibe was a positive one. There was a strong representation of brands yet again, showing they are not only lasting but are also emerging, which is a sign we may be coming out of the darned crisis. Trend-wise, denim is back and raw and bold, which is a good thing, and technical sports footwear seemed to be in abundance, from brands’ own styles to collaborations.
Pitti Uomo in Florence (pictured) never fails to deliver in terms of colour and texture. No show presents product in quite the same way. Shirting really stood out: strong prints, amazing colours and an emphasis on indigo came through. It’s a discipline not to get show fever, as you are working in 80-degree heat
and swamped by Europeans effortlessly wearing every colour imaginable. You have to imagine your home market, where sun is in short supply.
Daniel Le Sauvage
London’s Jacket Required was a great show, although I’ve been very busy this season so otherwise only visited brands’ showrooms. I thought Jacket Required had an interesting mix of brands and it was a good opportunity to catch up with fellow store owners and buyers. The Copenhagen shows (Gallery, pictured) interest me, however, for their freshness.
I thought Jacket Required (pictured) was great and the best show for the UK. Pitti Uomo is good as there are some very interesting brands at the Florence show, while Jacket Required is smaller but represents key brands, which are relevant to the UK market, very well. This summer I skipped the Las Vegas shows as I find them more relevant for the US market and not international. The Vegas shows for UK buyers are bleak unless it’s for US trade only.
Owner of Lynx Menswear in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Daniel Le Sauvage
Owner of premium independent Urban Vintage in Ipswich.
Owner of premium retailer Stuarts London in Shepherd’s Bush.
Director of menswear etailer The Great Divide.