Spring-Summer 2020 trade show feedback

Our busy trade show season has now finished and we have some interesting feedback to give you. Firstly we would like to thank those of you who attended and paid us a visit during both shows.

We received great feedback on the new and current products with certain bestsellers featuring across certain categories. This is a perfect opportunity to view what these are and get some buying ideas before the Spring-Summer season.

Bestsellers will be organised by category for ease of viewing:

Wholesale Baseball caps

One of the biggest selling styles and categories from the show by far was our mix of baseball caps.

In particular:

A162-Relaxed B/ball-£2.27 per item. Year on year our more casual baseball caps tend to be our biggest sellers in the Spring-Summer season with this one being no exception. Packs feature a wide range of colour schemes

Wholesale plain baseball capA5PAS-Adults assorted 5 Panel B.Ball cap with buckle-£1.38 per item. Another favourite year on year. These are available in assorted colours, all sizes are 58cm with a buckle adjuster.

We also had significant demand for Children’s baseball caps including the soon to arrive C588, C587 and currently in stock floral baseball caps C574

Wholesale Fedoras

Fedora style hats were very popular this time around with traditional styling and available in a wide range of head sizes.

A232-Men’s fedora with brown band-£3.81 per item. Our bestseller in the fedora range between both events was A232. Both stylish and practical this fedora will be ideal for the upcoming Spring Summer season.

A1397-Mens fedora with stripe band-£5.10 per item. One of our more recent fedora additions this one colour men’s fedora features a unique striped band and is just what your customers are looking for in the upcoming season.

We have also seen big demand for other country style men’s fedoras including A1497 and A1499.

Wholesale straw hats

Popular year on year, we once again saw big demand for our collection of wholesale straw hats in particular the fedora style. Firstly the two biggest sellers in this category was:

Wholesale mens straw fedoraS266-Men’s straw fedora with paisley print-£3.68 per item. Our biggest seller during the trade shows. Each pack features two separate coloured paisley print band in the size of 59cm.  

Wholesale mens straw hats with black bandS80-Mens plain straw fedora-£3.36 per item. Part of our packable hats collection, your customers will find this hat ideal for the summer season and those special events.

Along with these two bestsellers we also saw big demand for the unisex straw fedora with black band S103 and mens straw trilby S10.

While these hats cater for adults we also have children’s straw hats available. Girls straw hats such as SC55 and SC52 feature unique designs and each pack features hats for a wide range of ages. Along with this we also have new straw hat designs such as the unisex fedora and trilbies S385 and S396 plus the new ladies wide brim straw S399 in blue and white.

Wholesale sun hats

Understandably there was also big interest in both current and new headwear from our wholesale sun hats collection. The two biggest sellers are below:

Wholesale adjustable sun hatsA120-Plain turn-up brim adj sun hat-£3.74 per item. Featuring a turn-up brim and tie adjuster, this adjustable sun hat will be well suited for the upcoming Spring-Summer season

Wholesale womens linen sun hat in blueA102-Women’s linen sun hat with Turn-up brim-£4.06 per item. Each pack features four colour schemes and every hat is elasticated for easy fitting.

Wholesale reversible sun hatA253-Ladies reversible bush hat-£2.84 per item. Available in three colours these reversible bush hats are developed from cotton and are great value for money.

Throughout the event we also had great interest in our children’s sun hats including the ever popular girls butterfly bush hat C146 and bush hats C536 and C620. The ladies floral pattern bucket hat A1581 and reversible leopard print hat A1582.

Flat caps

Perfectly suited for all year round wear, our diverse range of Flat caps were well sought after during the shows.

Wholesale mens 8-panel capsH92-Mens 8-Panel caps-£3.39 per item. Part of our Hawkins collection this flat cap features the popular 8-Panel styling in various head-wear sizes.

Wholesale cadet style capA1340-Adults unisex cord cadet cap-£4.02 per item. This extra special traditional and fashionable cadet cap will be a stylish and practical option for all-year round wear.

Along with the two above we also saw demand for the tweed caps H87 and A14 plus the preformed H122 and patchwork flat cap H27. From our new Spring-Summer collection we also have the pinstripe H149 and checked flat cap A1545.

Best of the rest

Throughout the events we found that our mix of trilbies were well sought after especially our unique adults Aztec unisex trilby H140 and unisex trilby with striped band S299. Our bestselling wellies was WF139 and we still had demand for out lightweight scarves particularly LS148.

SSP Hats and Sustainability

A Word About Sustainability

At SSP we understand the need to focus on long term sustainability whilst still delivering value here and now.

Reducing our carbon footprint along with a mindful and committed approach to the environment is a conscious part of today’s practises as well as our future policies.

We are continuously working with suppliers towards a strategic approach to sustainable product development and manufacture, and aim to seek out forwarders with sustainable awareness in order for the logistics of importation be less impactive on the environment.

Our attitude towards packaging is a habitual commitment to minimal packaging within the delivery and warehousing of our products. All cardboard outer packaging is kept to a minimum and recycled as routine, along with any inner cardboard packaging.

It is fair to say that sustainability will be an ongoing objective within all operations of the business at SSP. We will continue to make headway alongside our suppliers to play our part to improve the global issue currently effecting our planet.

Trade show attendance 2020

From January its trade show season again and we will be heading out to showcase our brand new Spring/Summer collection along with our popular current collection. This time around we will be set up at two separate trade shows

Giving and Living 2020

We haven’t long until we set off to Exeter for Giving and Living 2020. You will be able to find us at Stand 305 from the 12th to the 15th of January. Visitor registration is free and we will be available to help with any enquiries for the whole event.

More information on the event can be found from the link below:

Spring fair 2020

A short while after that we will be heading for the Birmingham NEC to attend Spring Fair 2020 once more. You will be able to find us in Hall 1 stand 1h30-j31 where we will again be able to help with any enquiries and previewing our new headwear collection. Visitor registration is again free and you can reserve a ticket and find out more about the event from the link below:

Again this is a great opportunity to get a good look and feel at what our new Spring/Summer 2020 collection and view the most popular hats from our current ranges. For those that can’t attend we will again be going through feedback on the bestsellers and most sought after items after the event has finished.  

Christmas Closing 2019

As with previous years, SSP Hats will be closing for a short time over the Christmas Period. We will be closed from the Friday 20th of December 2019 until the Monday 6th of January 2020, so we will be unable to help with any enquiries during this time. However our website is always open and your orders will be given first priority on our return after the Christmas break.

Last dates for dispatch are:

UK, Thursday 19th of December for delivery on the 20th December

Republic of Ireland and Europe last date is Monday 16th December. 

Please note that during the busiest periods we cannot guarantee next day dispatch or delivery by Christmas, so please allow plenty of time when ordering.

Here at SSP Hats we hope you all have a wonderful and successful festive season along with a Happy New Year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your custom over 2019 and may the next year bring lots of success and joy.

Christmas gift ideas

Ski Hats

A1527

Many of our bestsellers are practical choices but we also have more fashionable options available that are also perfect for seasonal gifts. For children we still have many character and novelty ski hats available including C642, C641, C634 and the rocket themed C650.

For ladies we have a mixed range of comfortable chunky knitted designs including the striped A1527, A1558 and A1524 along with the unique leopard skin Thinsulate A1519. For Men we have similar designs including A1478, A1366 and the super soft A1370.

Women’s berets and cloches

We still have plentiful amounts of Berets and our ever increasing Cloche collection still available. Berets such as A1467, A1422 and A419 would make perfect presents for your female customer base. Our luxurious wool blend cloches like A1457, A1454 and A1483 are also exceptional gifts.

Country hats

Similar to the cloches and berets we have more luxury options in the country hats collection. Our wool felt fedoras are ideal for all year round wear and come in various bright colour schemes. H130 and H137 in particular would be great choices here. We also have stylish and comfortable bush hats such as A1413 and A1417 available.

Faux fur hats

Our Faux fur hats collection remains one of our more popular seasonal ranges over the years. Pillboxes and hats with faux fur brims including A1476, AW133 and A1233 would be great choices here. We also have headbands like AW139 and AW138 available.

Gloves and scarves

While our Thinsulate branded gloves and magic gloves are often the biggest sellers we do have a great range of more luxurious gloves ready to purchase. GL1242, GL1241, Gl1240 and GL1207 feature great designs that would make ideal Christmas gifts.

Finally we have scarves and wraps still available including the new ladies oversized scarves like Scarf102 and Scarf101. Along with the wraps like WR10 and men’s scarves like scarf95 and scarf98.

SSP Hats new Autumn-Winter headwear collection 2019/20

With the Autumn-Winter season now in full swing and the colder weather arriving we can now feature our brand new Autumn-Winter headwear collection. You may be looking to stock up once more or for that extra special hat for your collection, so this is an exceptional opportunity to take a look at what’s available. We have brand new additions across all our various ranges so you will undoubtedly find something for your diverse customer base.

We will separate all of our new headwear additions into various categories and also feature the current top six bestsellers.

Thinsulates

Firstly we can feature our brand new wholesale Thinsulate branded range with new hats available for all ages. This includes new camo and leopard prints including the men’s Thinsulate camp print ski hat A1567 and the ladies leopard prints A1565, A1521 and A1519. Your customer seeking a comfortable fit may also like the fleece editions of A1562 and A1561.

We also have a wider range of Men’s Thinsulates now including A1517 and A1515 that are well suited for all year round wear. Finally we have the women’s Thinsulate A1513 and the unisex Kids Thinsulate C628. These Thinsulates have a great reputation of being durable, great value for money and offer the chance for significant profits.

Bobble and Ski hats

We see an increasing demand for both our wholesale ski and wholesale bobble hats year on year with it now becoming our most sought after hat style for the autumn and winter season. Firstly we have added substantially added to our Children’s bobble and ski hats collection. This includes brand new character designs for both boys and girls. Your younger customers will find novelty skit hats such as C642 and C641 highly appealing as well as the animal character designs of C649 and C639.

For boys we have the rocket ship patterned C650 and dinosaur knitted bobble hat C631. Girls are catered for with C638 and C639 which again feature ornate, appealing patterning. B297 and B296 are developed with babies in mind.

Along with this we also have a major increase in the number of Ladies bobble hats. These also feature unique styling like the chunky knitted A1527 and A1528 along with A1523. Like the Thinsulates these bobble and ski hats are excellent quality and great value for money.

Gloves 

Wholesale gloves remain our most popular accessory for this time of year. We have brand new styles available from the more practical unisex Thinsulate gloves such as GL1249 and GL1245 to the more stylised GL1247 and tweed patterned gloves like GL1242. These are all good quality, essential purchases for the autumn and winter seasons.

Country hats and flat caps

Those who have purchased from our country collection will be delighted by our brand new arrivals. Recently our wool felt fedoras have become increasingly popular so we have developed AE64 and AE63 to meet with this demand. New flat caps like A1546 and A1543 are great additions to our flat cap collection and have already seen significant demand.

New Aussie style hats include the olive skin wax hat AK74L and tan oil skin wax hat AK73L. Plus we also have our check baseball cap A1539 and bush hat A1450. As ever these are heavily suited for the great outdoors and are also suitable for all-year round wear.

Bakerboys and cloches

One specific new trend for the coming season will be both bakerboy and cloche style hats. We have bakerboy caps that include the stylish A1555 and A1554 along with the supersoft H142. New cloches and cloche styled headwear includes the crushable A1564, striped felt A1551 along with the luxurious A1552 and A1553.

Scarves and wellies

Finally in our new autumn and winter collection is our original scarves and wellies. During this time of year we see significant demand for our men’s oversized scarves. So we have brought in new check scarves for ladies also. Scarf99 and Scarf100 are two great examples of this. We also have new women’s wellington designs such as the floral printer WF141, mustard leopard print WF142 and the green duck printed WF140.

Autumn Fair 2019 Trade Show feedback

Autumn Fair trade show sales trends

We have recently returned from Autumn Fair 2019 where we had a decent showing. As ever we would like to thank all those who could attend and came to take a look at our excellent new and current ranges. With the new autumn and winter 19/20 season starting and our ranges soon to be fully stocked this is a great time to see what the most popular headwear ranges were during the event.

For this we will go through the most popular headwear categories and highlight what the significant bestsellers were:

Ski Hats

Both our Ski and Bobble hats remain the most popular headwear style year on year. Many of your customers will find these to be comfortable and dependable options for the upcoming season. Firstly we had a big demand for our Thinsulate range of ski and bobble hats. Newcomer A1511 was a big seller this time around along with the chunky thinsulate A548. A368/B also remains as popular as ever.

Other bestselling adults ski hats include the brand new bobble hat addition A1558, Ladies chunky knit bobble hat A1233 along with the functional ski hat options of A1311 and A1324. We also a bigger increase in demand for children’s ski and bobble hats. In particular we have seen a big demand for both boys and girls patterned hats such as C610, C638 and C562.

Gloves

Another favourite during this season is our ever growing range of gloves in our glove collection. We once again had big demand at autumn fair with three large trends in particular. First up we have our sturdy thinsulate gloves for both men and women. This includes GL25, GM25 and GM18. Secondly we also have children’s options such as the magic gloves GC10, GC/9 along with the bow gloves GC335.

Finally we also have more options with luxurious features such as GL1238, GL1215 and the ladies gloves with pom-pom trim GL1230.

Flat caps

Flat caps remain a great ‘all year round’ option with great demand for certain flat cap styles. The first is our stylish 8-panel caps with H91, H92 and H87B being particular favourable this time around. These all feature a range of sizes and colour schemes to appeal to a wider range of customers. Other styles like the new preformed peak herringbone cap A1546 and tweed style A1287 were also popular.

Rainwear

Customers who saw us at autumn fair were also interested in our rainwear collection this time around. This included our practical showerproof bush hats A24 and A60/B. Our wax flat cap A1510 was another addition from our rainwear collection that was well sought after. Along with this we also had large demand for our versatile poncho PON1.

Further accessories

While we obviously have a significant amount of headwear available for the season, autumn fair also showed that there was large interest in our other accessories available including bags and scarves. Firstly we have our brand new ladies scarves additions along with our current men’s scarves. These feature an oversized design with various coloured patterns and are developed from durable material. For your male customers we have bestsellers Scarf95 and Scarf98 while our women’s hats include Scarf99 and Scarf100.

We also have both our tweed bags like LB52 and our animal patterned bags like LB63 and LB67. These bags come in various sizes and styles to fit your potentially diverse customer range.

Other popular hat styles

Throughout the trade show we also had keen interest in other hat styles especially more ‘all year round’ options. Wool and wool felt hats were much sought after including the brand new crushable A1564, stylish wool felt beret A1467 and exquisite wool felt fedora AE64. The most popular Aussie style hat this time around was the AK74 which is available in a range of sizes.

These hats are available for purchase now with our Autumn and Winter collection soon to be fully stocked up. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration is you are looking to top up your seasonal collection now or later.

Summer hat trends for the SS/19 season

With the recent heatwave and warmer weather we have seen greater demand for our summer hats. Due to this we have seen certain trends arising which we are happy to go through right now. In order to do this we have separated the rising trends by category for ease of viewing.   

Sun hats

Understandably our most popular hat category at this time of year is our extensive range of wholesale sun hats. First up we have more casual bush hats including bestsellers A139 like A173 while there has been high demand for sun hats with turned up brims like A102 and A120 that come in a range of sizes and colours. Finally we have seen a big interest for ladies reversible hats like A253 and A1399.

View the sun hat collection

Straw hats

Becoming more popular year on year, our wholesale straw hats are well suited for this time of year. The bestselling straw hats for men includes straw fedoras like S11, S80 and S266. Top selling ladies straw hats include more fashionable selections including S249, S120 and S279. More unisex options that will be popular in your summer headwear range includes S102, S213 and the fedora S216.

View the straw hat collection 

Baseball caps

We have also seen large demand for both casual baseballs and wholesale baseball caps more suited for all year round wear. More casual bestselling choices include the washed relaxed baseball cap A135 and relaxed baseball A162. Your younger customers will like the more natural C587 and C588 along with the bestselling girls floral baseball cap C574. Those looking for more outdoor and all year round choices will like the bestselling A23, A1346 and AE35.

View the baseball cap collection

Fedoras and Trilby’s

While we have seen substantial sales for our wholesale straw trilbies and fedoras, other styles have also been very popular during the season. First up we have seen big demand for Ladies wool felt fedoras such as H129 and H123. Our more recent Aztec trilby addition H140 has sold well along with our porkpie style trilbies such as H95, H94 and H64.

Aussie style hats

During the season we have seen big demand for more lightweight options including A1001, A181 and the more recent ladies patterned A1484. Leather options are well sought after also with the various sizes of AK61 and AK60 being well purchased.

Along with headwear we have also seen substantial sales activity for our accessories range also.

Bags

We still have a diverse range of wholesale bags available with backpacks like LB18, boxes of shopper bags like LB4box1 and bags with printed designs like LB59 and LB67 being the top sellers.

Lightweight scarves

A wide range of well designed and developed wholesale lightweight scarves remain available with the bestsellers including LS144, LS137 and LS150.

Wellies

We also still have a diverse range of Wellies available that are perfect for all year round wear. WF138, and WF136 are just some of the bestsellers that feature in the collection.

Occasion hats and fascinators

Finally we still have our entire wholesale fascinator and occasion hat collections available with 50% off still. This has been understandably popular with many occasion hats and fascinators already sold out so get in quick before your favoured design disappears.

Click to view Occasion hats and fascinators 

Grab these perfect baseball caps for your customers

Baseball caps

With the Spring/Summer season now in full swing we can focus on what trends are coming up and what the bestsellers are currently. This time around we will be focussing on a hat style that we haven’t featured in a while. Baseball caps remain a necessary addition for your headwear collection and we have already seen big demand for certain styles of baseball caps. Let’s go through what will most standout in your baseball cap collection.   

Bestselling trend-Relaxed and casual baseballs

Since the season has started we have seen the biggest demand for more relaxed and casual style baseball caps. These are of great quality, offer sun protection and are well suited for all Spring and Summer occasions. Relaxed and washed style baseball caps like A162 and A135 have seen big demand in particular along with A1508 which features a faux suede peak.

Packs of our plain 6 panel baseball caps A6P are another bestseller. These could be potentially customised and are available at value for money pricing. A52 our lightweight baseball cap offer sun protection of UPF 40+ and would be highly sought after when the weather gets really hot.

Bestselling styles specifically for Men’s and Ladies

While many of our baseball caps have the advantage of being unisex we do offer baseball’s specifically for Male and Female audiences. For ladies we have caps with floral designs including A1386. Our unique tropical design A1385 also remains a strong bestseller.

The Men’s washed baseball cap A1489 is our current top seller but we also seen really big demand for more practical country hats like A1347 and A1352. These hats are adjustable, feature faux suede and have the advantage of being suitable for all year round wear.

Children’s baseball caps

Similar to the Adults unisex, those of you looking for the best baseball’s for younger audiences will find that more casual style are well sought after. In particular we have the children’s 6-Panel cap C5PAS for both sexes, C587 for Boys and C588 for girls. The children’s version of our adults relaxed baseball cap C56 has been a big seller so far. We also have the more colourful floral design of C574.

Other interesting baseball trends

Along with the baseballs featured above we have seen some other interesting trends. Firstly our wax baseball A54 and camouflage baseball A18 are ideal for country stores. Novelty baseballs with fun slogans like AN14 and AN3 are other top sellers. Finally our union jack baseball cap A79 and unique Aztec baseball cap H139 are well sought after.

New wedding collection 2019


Recently arrived and already well sought after, our brand new wedding collection is now available for purchase. Ideal for those special events, we have both new fascinators and occasion hats available that are both luxurious and will be undoubtedly profitable throughout the year.

These new designs have been painstakingly developed over time and we can offer each design in three colour types so you will certainly be able to find a designs that are well suited for your customer’s needs.

Many of these new hats are accentuated with bows, feathers, quills and loops and with such a diverse range there is truly something for everyone. They are also ‘one size fits all’ so they will be able to fit a wide range of head sizes.

We are showcasing all of our new collection of both fascinators and occasion hats on our website which can be found from the links here or below. We will also be attending the bridal roadshow at the Birmingham south part of the tour. You will able to speak to us and get a closer look at this new collection on the 10th to 11th of March at Stand 21.