Find out what’s selling now in the world of mainstream fashion
Debbie Stewart, owner of A Bientot in Glasgow
Evening tops from Ted Baker (£59) have been selling really well. Skinny jeans (£70) from Great Plains are another bestseller and Inwear trousers (£89.95) are also very popular. There hasn’t been an increase in brand prices for the autumn 16 collections, but I am expecting to see increases next year. Another big seller for us is Helen Moore accessories, especially the fur collars and stoles (£35-£129) – we’re in the process of getting more ordered in. The weather has turned dramatically up here in Scotland.
Irene Mackie, owner of Bentleys in Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Frank Lyman dresses (£200-£300) are very popular with my customers, as are Joseph Ribkoff dresses (£200). Barbara Lebek’s casual separates (£35-£220) are top sellers here, too. I haven’t seen any increases in prices from brands yet, but because we forward order I bought my product months before the Brexit vote and drop in the value of the pound. I gave my loyal customers 25% off for a couple of days last month.
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Sally Smith, manager of She of Scone in Perth
Michele trousers (£112-£129) are really popular with my customers. Another top seller for us are trousers from Joseph Ribkoff (£140). I did notice that some of the brands had increased their prices for when I was forward ordering. We’ve done all our buying for spring 17 and are now concentrating on autumn next year.
Gary Tilet, manager of Goddards in King’s Lynn, Norfolk
Blouses in general are popular, especially from White Stuff (£40-£60) and Oui (£60-£80). Barbour is a staple brand for coats (£150-£200). We’ve already seen some increases in brand prices and I’m expecting the same next year. We are already half way through the autumn 17 buying and we will have an exciting offer over Christmas, where customers will get £20 off when they spend £100.
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Keith Warren, owner of R Scott & Co in Cirencester
Customers love the brand Magee for jackets (£250-£350) and Meyer for trousers (£85-£89.50). Shirts by Olymp (£39.50-£49.50) and Alan Paine knitwear (£69.50) sell well. With regards to changes to prices after the Brexit vote, independent retailers are usually isolated from the rest of the world. Nothing much has changed yet and people will still buy what they want to buy, regardless of the economic uncertainty. But I expect to see prices increase by about 10% next year. We will need to be more cautious when we are buying, but as an independent, traditional menswear store, we are always trying to stay innovative and need to choose our stock wisely to keep customers coming back.
Judith Blatch, owner of Winch & Blatch in Sudbury, Suffolk
Top sellers in my store include the Brooke Taverner Dawlish suit (£175) and Gurteen trousers (£75). Price changes are coming through across the board, and brands have notified us of the changes. We took part in the Black Friday discounts and put on a special evening for loyal customers with plenty of discounts, but independent stores always have to be careful and maintain their margins. We have to keep in line with the competition. Winch & Blatch will be open for the bank holiday after Christmas on 27 December.
Raj Jain, manager of Preview Menswear in Worcester Park, Surrey
Lyle & Scott jackets (£100) are very popular with my customers. Italian brand Gabicci has customers coming in for their pullovers (£60-£70), and Casa Moda shirts (£50) are also a big hit. There haven’t been any brand price changes so far, although I think they probably will increase next year. We will be having promotions throughout December.
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Martin Jones, owner of Vaughan Davies in Mold, Flintshire
Barbour coats (£150-229) are a top seller, along with Meyer trousers (£89-£95) and Fynch-Hatton shirts (£55-£65), which are very strong for us. Brands haven’t increased their prices yet, but we have received letters saying prices will be going up next year. We won’t be discounting until after Christmas.