Industry insiders share their thoughts.
The best-selling collections so far this season have been Stone Island, Belstaff, Moncler, Paul Smith and Canali. I can’t choose one above the others, as they are all selling equally well.
Streetwear is a continuing trend and Vans is one of our top brands. Its classic T-shirt has continuously outperformed and the boardshorts are doing well so far. Billabong is also one of our top five brands and has had a great start to spring. We’ve bought floral prints and core surf pieces.
Boss Green is our number one by a mile at the moment. Polo shirts are really strong, as you’d expect, but so is shirting, jersey, denim and T-shirts. It’s quite an on-trend brand in Scotland - all the other retailers I’ve spoken to are also selling it well. This season men are getting more into colour. We’ve sold a lot of purple and greens. The days of men just buying navy or white
I think it will probably be Tommy Hilfiger. Its branded shirts and Mercer chinos, which have a slightly slimmer cut, have been the two best-selling components for the season. Usually it’s a tie between Hilfiger and Gant for us, but Hilfiger is edging it at the moment.
My tip for the best-selling brand for spring 14 is Matchless. The brand’s sell-through for autumn 13 was excellent and in the new campaign Kate Moss and the boys look great in the jackets. I believe it will be the new choice of the celebrity crowd.