Owner of contemporary womenswear indie Kakao by K in Edinburgh Brands include By Malene Birger, BZR, House of Lykke, Soaked In Luxury
How is trade?
May was really good but April was tricky because of the bank holidays and sunny weather. The start of June looks promising as people are buying clothes for their holiday.
Which categories are selling well?
Dresses. Customers either want the maxi or they are quite happy to go for a mini. They are not going for the midi style that was in. They’re thinking about buying minis and then wearing them over jeans when it is cooler.
How are you feeling about the rest of the summer?
I’m quite confident. Edinburgh is a great tourist location. We have the Edinburgh Festival coming up [in August], which is like a second Christmas for us. We’re trying to stock up so the shop looks full.
When will you be going on summer Sale?
We’ve decided to follow suit with some of the larger retailers by going on Sale on July 20. It’s a little bit earlier than usual and earlier than I would have liked, but we don’t want to miss out on the money that is going around.