Find out which brands proved popular with customers this year
Bethany Lewis Supervisor at Fabric Boutique in Manchester
Glamorous has been a really good seller for us throughout the year – we always do well with it. Velvet items have been particularly popular, but really everything from Glamourous has been a hit. Slogan T-shirts from Love (£18) have been a success and its striped two-piece set (tops £26, trousers £39), which comes in burgundy and navy, has been really popular. Kiss The Sky playsuits (£65) have been another bestseller.
Denise Marlow Owner of Impeys in Leicester
Everything from Condici (£700-£800) sells because of the great fabrics and fit. Lizabella has been good for lovely dress and jacket sets (£350-£395) with a little bit of detail. Ronald Joyce dresses and jackets (£600-£700) have been another strong performer. Overall, it has been a great season for mother-of-the-bride sales. We’re very pleased – I think we do well because we’re giving a niche market really good service, which is appreciated.
Vanessa Collen Founder of Collen & Clare in Southwold, Suffolk
An obvious standout for us this year has been Rixo London. The brand is very contemporary and has had a lot of press recently. The Chrissy dress (£315) has been selling particularly well. Cashmere has been a big hit, too. Jumper1234 (from £169) has been great – customers love its colours, and rainbows, stripes and stars motifs. Wyse, another cashmere brand, is around the same price and has been truly amazing for us this year. Customers love the cashmere joggers with rainbows down the side (£220). It’s been a tough year, but it makes you work harder.
Rheanna Lingham Co-owner of Luna & Curious in east London
Our own-brand Luna & Curious items have been really popular, particularly our lambswool rib-knit jumpers (£120), which are made in Scotland – they flew off the shelves. Mads Nørgaard (from £50 for tops and £120 for dresses) has been popular, as has FUB (from £50 for dresses) for kids. This winter’s cold snap has been good for coat and knitwear sales – last year was very mild and sales were slower. Trade has been good and we are considerably up on 2016, although we noticed a decrease in average customer spend.
Desmond Maynard Supervisor at Accent Clothing in Leeds
Lightweight jackets have been particularly popular for us this year. CP Company soft-shell jackets (£295) and Belstaff lightweight outerwear (£250) have done well. Belstaff has been a real hit with the younger lads, and its pieces come in so many colours now. Replay’s Hyperflex denim stretch jeans (£144.99) have been the standout bestseller for the shop. In general, trade has been up and down. Black Friday was good for us, but before that it was pretty quiet. It’s unpredictable day-to-day.
Jamie Powis Store manager at Chevron in Wrexham, Clywd
Gym King’s tracksuits in khaki and grey (£90) have been selling well all year. The North Face’s down jackets (£180) have been popular, as have Berghaus jackets (£170) and fleeces (£80). Trade has been really good all year round. We moved shops from another street in Wrexham about two and a half years ago, increasing our selling space considerably. Our old location had seen trade die off but now we’re in the middle of town and it’s buzzing.
Philip Buckley Shop manager at Denis Hope in Rochdale
Hugo Boss jeans (£120) and polo shirts (£90) have performed well throughout the year. Dutch brand R2 Westbrook has done well with shirts (£80), especially in white and pale blue with nice trims. Remus Uomo (from £300) is consistent for three-piece suits. Trade has been slightly down this year.
Richard Town Owner of Raymond Town Menswear in Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Brax high-flex denim (£120) has done well. Remus Uomo’s three-button polo shirts (£60) sold brilliantly throughout the summer, in white, blue and red. Giordano shirts (£79) are always popular. Trade has been up and down throughout the year. We had a difficult summer and October, but it started picking up in November and December in time for the festive season.