London Trade Shows and Fashion Week

Jacket Required: the new menswear trade show in London

Wedged between the dates of other competing trade shows, dedicated to premium men’s fashion, was introduced by three professionals in the sector: Mark Batista, founder of London’s former trade show To Be Confirmed, veteran Andrew Partif and Craig Ford, who has launched many brands such as Duffer.

Jacket Required

Making use of the 300 square metres of space of a gallery in East London, 35 brands of ready-to-wear and accessories have confirmed their presence, amongst which one will find Edwin, Heritage Research, Modern Classics by Ben Sherman, Denim Demon, Dockers, Garbstore and Chevignon Togs.

Jacket Required is thus likely to become a direct competitor of Stitch: a trade show with the same target audience that was launched in 2010 by the organisers of Pure London, the UK’s leading fashion trade show. The London trade show business is certainly regaining steam, with Pure London having also set up another fair called Pure Spirit which specialises in children’s fashion. And let’s not forget the high-end fashion fair Scoop that launched in the British capital in February.


Menswear trade show created by pure London.

Their Vision

Vision is an affordable platform for select niche, contemporary and emerging collections to sell market and promote. This cost effective platform allows brands to get an entry level presence into the UK’s leading menswear event and develop a wholesale business model to enable growth and success.

Switch is the dedicated and specialist streetwear area at Stitch which launched at the SS13 show in July 2012. Switch gives the flourishing streetwear market an open platform to showcase the innovative and pioneering brands dominating the European and International streetwear arena. An eclectic cross section of independent brands from the up and coming to the well established exhibit in the Switch area. This creative section has played hosts to streetwear brands from across the world including WeSC, The Hundreds, Brixton and HUF.
London Menswear Fashion Week!!
New Statesman

 menswear at London Fashion Week has always been fabulous, but far too brief. This week sees the sophomore effort of London Collections: Men, an event that bills itself as a London men’s fashion week on par with those held regularly in Paris and Milan.

In a capital renowned for its top fashion schools, and home to an industry in which both independent designers and luxury brands are thriving, LC:M feels long overdue. It’s a welcome acknowledgement of both oft overlooked menswear designers and the burgeoning consumer demand for new and experimental duds for dudes.

for dates and more information about menswear fashion week in London check out their website



Manufacturing Trends London Menswear

Performance Sportex

Sports performance is being improved by a new wave of materials. The “Planche” windsurfing board uses composite material made from flax, and produced by top linen mills such as Libeco-Lagae. The composite material is more ecologically sound, more durable than traditional composites, extra lightweight, and especially popular for fast performance.

The “Doondoon Maxi Warm” is a Winter sports thermal insulation filled jacket developed by Oxylane The jacket keeps wearers warm in snow, rain or wind, yet is also extremely light for ease of movement in Winter sports.


Libeco                                             Oxylane


Top Trends: London Menswear

Hey! everyone

Here is a look at some of the top ten trends seen on the runway in London  menswear fall/winter 13.

All about Plaid!!!

                           Mr.                                        Hardy Amies                                                  E Tautz                                                                    E Tautz

Plaids made a distinct and strong presence in London F/W 13 Men’s collections, used for full suits, tailored separates and overcoats. Unique weaves and colors intertwined harmoniously in some collections, while simple greys were showcased in others. Motif scales ranged from tiny to giant.

Updated Rain wear

                        Lee Roach                                                                         James Long                                                Richard Nicoll
Using shiny, slick materials usually associated with high-performance gear, London’s designers updated all sorts of rain wear, including that British stalwart, the trench coat. While nearly every runway showed a modern, mid-thigh length, colors and details ranged from traditional double-breasted versions to items sporting printed tartans or buckle closures.
Graphic Sweaters
             Jonathan Saunders                                                              Topman                                                              Matthew Miller
                Topman                                                           Rake                                                       Richard James                                        Spencer
Fur and shearling had a definitive presence at F/W 13 in Men’s London collections. Showcased in oversized lapels, extended cuffs, linings and facings, these plush materials ranged from lofty and plush to velvety low-piles, and were a key feature for Men’s outerwear.
Color blocking
                     Oliver Spencer                                  Richard James                            Alexander McQueen                              Jonathan Saunders
At London Men’s F/W 13, color-blocked patterns updated all categories, from suits to sportcoats to both casual and tailored outerwear. The look is achieved with contrasting pieced constructions as well as woven-in Hudson’s Bay blanket-influenced stripes, renewed in punchy palettes.
The Turtleneck come back
                               Rake                                                                  Topman Design                                                            Mr. Start
The turtleneck emerged for F/W 13 with a strong showing at the London Men’s collections. There were many varieties: stand-up versions, foldover, loose or snug. Whether in full-fashion knits or cut-and-sew jerseys, this piece stood on its own or was styled as a layer under woven shirts or tailored clothing
Loose Trousers!
                  Richard Nicoll                                        Lou Dalton                                      Topman Design                                        Agi and Sam
Baggy fits replace recent seasons’ slim cut trousers at London’s F/W 13 Men’s shows. Silhouettes vary in proportions ranging from Agi and Sam’s tapered carrots to the exaggerated, voluminous looks shown at Topman Design. The pants work in a range of materials including traditional khakis for a casual look and patent leather for a glossy, edgy take on the item.
Small Caps
                                       Richard Nicoll                                                                                    Margaret Howell
While hat offerings have been varied on London’s runways, some styles — those petite in proportion — are already proving to be key. Perhaps taking a cue from last summer’s festival set, designers are showcasing micro-size knit beanies, perched at the crown and rolled or folded away from the face. Additionally, small bucket hats and berets – soft or structured – look fresh for the season.
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