Find out what’s selling now in the world of occasionwear.
Cindy Marriff, owner at Cindy’s in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire
We sell separates and so far our trousers from Lebek (£59) have been our bestsellers, followed by our trousers from Frank Lyman (£99). We’ve received positive feedback on our latest season from our clients and that might have something to do with the addition of colour into the collection. The change in weather has had no impact on the sales of our classic tailored jackets from Eugen Klein (£199) – we are very busy.
Ann Pascoe, owner at Manor Fashions in Helston, Cornwall.
Dresses from Condici (£790) and John Charles (£790) do well, but they tend to fluctuate in sales as they are out of some of our customers’ price ranges. Ronald Joyce (£600) is another one of our mother-of-the-bride dresses that seem to be doing well, but we would like to include Mascara in our autumn 16 collection so that we can attract different customers with price ranges across the board.
Denise Marlow, sales manager at Impeys in Leicester
We sell mainly occasionwear dresses. Our top seller is Izabella (£250-£350), followed by Mascara (£500-£700) and Ispirato (£500-£700). The discovery of Richard III’s remain has actually caused a lot of regeneration in the area – there are lots more cafes and restaurants and footfall has definitely increased. We have also decided to add Frank Lyman to our selection just to add a cocktail, evening selection for the upcoming Christmas holidays.
Joyce Clappison, owner at Wat’s On in Hull
We do both dresses and occasionwear. Our best brand for occasionwear are Cabotine (£400), Condici (£800) and Luis Civit (£400-800). We also recently brought in Eroke, an Italian brand, and Naya, which has been doing well with its layered mid-calf dresses. Sales didn’t start picking up till a week ago, because of the change in weather.
David Warwick, owner of Warwicks of Wellingborough in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
One of our best-performing formal menswear brands is Remus Uomo, specifically the ink-blue suits (£249), jackets (£170) and waistcoats (£70). Scott is one of our bestselling shirt brands (£169). It has intricate details on the buttons and the trim of the shirt. The shirts from Seidensticker (£49.95-£59.65) also do well with our clients, who range from businessmen to gentlemen attending weddings to someone who just wants to spruce up their wardrobe.
Robbie Wallace, sales manager at Signature in Aberdeen
Shirts from Eton (£110-£150) tend to do well all year round. Ralph Lauren has been mad recently – stock has been selling well, especially shirts (£85). Danish brand Sand Copenhagen is also flourishing – it is famous for its tailoring, and its blazers (£120) and suits (£155) have all been popular. We are very well known in our area, as we have been here since 1986.
Tim Wolstenholme, owner of Andrew Watson Menswear in Belfast
Hackett shirts (£100-£200) always do well, and Eton shirts (£100-£150) are a close second. Business was definitely hit in September because it wasn’t cold enough, but in the last week sales of coats and jumpers have bounced back. We have added two new brands – the Italian Pal Zileri, which offers a lot of formal options and Gran Sasso, which specialises in knitwear.