Industry insiders share their thoughts.
After 10 years I finally decided to pop across the channel to see what they have to offer for the buying season. I went to the Salon International de la Lingerie show in Paris, which was a brilliant display. PJ Salvage was a real standout brand with individual prints offering something a bit different. The twin sets from Happy People were also really strong.
We’ve been to our usual appointments with By Malene Birger, Paul Smith and Custommade so far, all of which we’ve been excited by for the autumn season. We do most of our buying in showrooms, but we did go to Scoop as we wanted to see Nathalie Vleeschouwer showing at the Saatchi Gallery. We bought into the collection last season - it has nice prints and a quirky vintage feel to it.
Universal Works is extremely strong for autumn 14 - I’d say it’s the best it’s ever been. The collection is about four times the normal size and very comprehensive, so it ticks all the boxes. We saw it at Seek in Berlin, which was a great show anyway.
Barbour is also very strong and the label has brought out some new capsule collections that look really good.
We’re carrying the sports luxe trend into autumn 14, with gorgeous brands like Sundry and LnA that have a cool, athletic feel. Our favourite is Second Female, a Scandinavian label we picked up at Scoop - its silky joggers and decorative knits have the relaxed, unfussy glamour that our customers want.