Find out what’s selling now in the world of occasionwear
Irene Whittle Owner of Irene of Broadstone in Dorset
Dress and jacket sets from Condici (£700) are doing very well. Dresses with sleeves from Joseph Ribkoff (£250) are also strong, as are dress and jacket sets (£400) from our new Spanish brand Carlo Ruiz. All three brands are performing for us and business has got off to a really good start in the New Year – I’m pleased with the new stock and selection.
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Elaine Murrihy Owner of Ela Maria in Newcastle West in Limerick
Pastel and cream dresses from Teresa Ripoll are showing great figures, Linea Raffaelli dresses are also popular and so are dresses by Fely Campo (all range from £500 to £1200.) All three brands have a fantastic quality and a very good fit and customers ring us to specifically ask for those labels – the age group we aim for is 55 or above, so the younger mother of the bride. The new year has got off to a good start for us.
Jane Kingsley Director of Jane Young in Newark
Our bestseller is dress and jacket sets from Condici (£800). John Charles dresses (£400) are also doing very well, closely followed by dresses (£300) and dress and jacket sets (£600) from Luis Civit. All three have a loyal customer base. The year has been OK so far, and business is picking up a bit now. Pure and Moda are our next big events.
Elizabeth McAllister Owner of Ultimate In Fashion in Ballymena
Lizabella dresses are currently popular (£150), as are Tia (£150) and Avalon (£150) dresses. We haven’t had much feedback on why those brands are doing well, but the sales figures speak for themselves. The year has got off to a reasonable start, but it’s still too early to tell. Ultimate in Fashion will be represented at Moda in Birmingham and Pure in London.
Michael Emerson Retail assistant at Mannix in York
Carl Gross is our bestseller for suits (£399) and jackets (£275), and Magee is showing a great performance for suits, too (£350). Both brands use materials that are hardwearing, and their products last a long time. Business in the new year has been good so far and we are holding up well.
Ron Evison Store manager of Giorgio in Derby
We have had a good start to 2017 with suits (£500) from our premium brand Sand. Remus Uomo has also been doing well with formal jackets (£200), and Gibson London is showing its potential with both jackets (£175) and suits (£225). Near future trade shows we will be attending are Moda in Birmingham, AIS in the Midlands and Pure in London.
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Philip Buckley Shop manager of Denis Hope in Rochdale
Our bestselling brands have been Roy Robson suits (£300), which use extremely high-quality fabrics. Suits from Remus Uomo (£200) and Van Gils (£200) are also performing well. Last year ended with a very strong Christmas period and sales were still peaking in early January. However, the rest of the month was quiet and sales dropped off. This year we will be represented at Moda.
Stuart Hall Manager of Casanova in Carlisle
Suits by Van Kollem are definitely our top sellers (£325), closely followed by Roy Robson (£399) and Van Gils (£175) products. Van Kollem clothing is a bit more tailored, but Roy Robson suits use a nice fabric and fit well. While we had a strong November and December last year, so far we have had a slow start in 2017. January and February are always quiet, though.