Spring fair 2018 feedback


We recently returned from Spring Fair 2018 where as ever we had a fantastic show. Throughout the show we have seen some interesting sales trends regarding our new and current Spring/Summer ranges. So this is a worthwhile opportunity to showcase what will be undoubtedly popular and what your essential purchases will be for your Spring/Summer headwear collections.

One particular trend is with colourful straws with ribbons and bands. Our biggest seller of this by far was our ladies wide brim detailed straw S276 along with the natural and navy coloured S279. Straws developed with your male customers in mind were also very popular. Our new straw fedora with patterned band S290 was another bestseller from the show. We also saw great interest in more luxurious options like SL41 and SL43 which feature standout styling while still being practical.

Sun Hats are always popular year on year and we had some large purchases of these also. Our ladies reversible wide brim A1399 features two superb bird print designs as was one of our biggest sellers at the show. But we also saw great enthusiasm for the Men’s fedora with chin strap A1398 and fedora A1389, two more exceptional new designs.

We previewed a range of new children’s hats at the show. The most popular included our new plain baseball caps C588 and C587 which feature bright colour schemes and are superb value for money. New and current bush hats were also well purchased. C544 and B273 will be ideal for your customers looking for that perfect summer holiday hat that can offer decent sun protection.

While the customers who we spoke to were impressed with the new additions to our Spring/Summer collection we also still saw interest in our current ranges. Flat caps are suitable all year round and our more traditional inclusions like H92 and A45 were the two biggest sellers from the show. Other bestsellers include the chino cadet cap A164, washed denim bush with eyelets A139 plus the Aussie styled ripstop hat A1001.

Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what will be hot for the upcoming season and what the essential purchases should be for SS18. Some of our newer hats are available for purchase while others will soon be arriving. So this is a healthy reminder to keep an eye on these bestsellers before they are soon sold out.

Giving and living 2018 feedback


We have just got back from Giving and Living 2018 where we had a wonderful experience showcasing our current and new ranges for Spring/Summer 2018. We would like to extend our thanks to those of you who were able to come see and speak with us during the event.

With preparations for the Spring/Summer season soon upon us, this seems like a great opportunity to see what sales trends came up during the event. Firstly the biggest sales trend we have found is with Baseball caps. Our series of plain baseball caps like A6PAS were the big sellers here. But we also have popular cadet caps such as A164 and A31.

Stylish straw hats are popular year on year but have a seen a particular trend for Straw hats with scarf bands at the show. S1 and S120 are two prime examples of this. SH3 and the men’s straw fedora S80 were also big sellers this time around.

We sold a wide range of sun hats this time around in particular more casual and neutral coloured bush hats like A173 and A185 . Finally flat caps like the 8-panel H91 and men’s patchwork H27 were big sellers and undoubtedly great all year round options.

While these were all very popular they all come from our current ranges. We also have new additions to our Spring Summer 18 collection that were well liked. This includes new straws S290 and S249. New sun hats like A1406, A1392 and A1399. While new children’s additions like B274 and C543 were popular choices. Many of these new additions will be arriving next month and we will be previewing these very soon.

Spring Fair 2018 trade show attendance


We will be ending our current trade show season with a trip to the Birmingham NEC for one of the biggest trade shows of the year Spring Fair 2018. Stated as a “must-attend for all kinds of people. For independent shop owners, for multiple shop owners, for online suppliers, for department stores”, this event is an ample opportunity to get a truly great look and feel at our Current and New additions for the Spring/Summer18 season.

The event takes place during the 4th and 8th of February 2018. We will be set up in Hall 19-20 and at stand 20J21-H20, so if you are attending we would love to see you there. More information on the event and registration information can be found at https://www.springfair.com . This is our last trade show attendance until the Autumn/Winter 2018 season, so this is your last opportunity to give feedback on our new and current ranges.

Similar to Giving and Living we will be offering information on any sales trends and news shortly after the event is finished. So if you unfortunately cannot attend then we can still showcase what was popular and what styles you should be looking at for your Spring/Summer18 buys.


2018 Trade show attendance

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We will be at stand A305


Once again we are happy to announce that we will be attending both Giving and Living 2018 along with Spring Fair 2018.

Our first port of call will be Exeter for Giving and Living 2018 which takes place during the 14th to 17th of January 2018. We will be set up at stand A305. Registration is free and more information about the show can be found at https://givingliving.co.uk/visitor-registration/.

A couple of weeks later we will be heading to the Birmingham NEC for Spring Fair 2018 which takes place during 4-8th February. This time around we will be set up at stand 20J21. More details about the show and registration details can be found at https://www.springfair.com/.

As ever this a great opportunity to showcase the new additions to our Spring/Summer 2018 and we can expertly guide you on what will be undoubtedly popular in the coming season. Plus you can get a truly great look and feel at our current ranges.

We will be sending reminders about both shows throughout the next couple of months and as ever we will showcasing any potential sales trends from the events so stay tuned.

Become our Autumn Fair 2017 Vip Guest


We are really hoping you can make it to see us at Autumn Fair 2017. Stand 4N04 in Hall 04 is where we will be showcasing the best range of hats available in the UK. As an extra incentive you can also register as a VIP guest.

As a VIP guest you’ll get to enjoy some very special perks:

  • Exclusive access to the Season’s Club
  • Complimentary refreshments including tea Lounge (where you can rest, relax, charge your phone or laptop and network with colleagues) and coffee
  • Free cloakroom service

So this is a great opportunity to make to make your trip that extra bit special. Enter the unique code of AF0808 when you enter your details through the link here.


Giving and living trade show feedback

Many thanks to all those who came to see us
Many thanks to all those who came to see us

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We have just returned from the Giving and Living show 2017 in Exeter and although we’re tired we are still buzzing from a great show. This is a prime opportunity to thank all of you who came along to see us and as ever offer excellent feedback.

The show this year offered up some interesting sales trends for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 season. Our top three hats from the show included the ever popular relaxed baseball A162 and the brand new straw hats S257 and S263.

Straw hats were in fact the most popular style this year with newcomers like S266 and S267 being well sought after alongside S10 and S11. Aussie hats, our classic favourites are a practical option for the Spring/Summer months and AK51 was particularly well sought-after this time around.

Tweed was the most favoured pattern at the show. Customers bought all different styles of hat with tweed including the new flat cap A1287 and women’s tweed hat A1292 alongside classics like the tweed baseball AE13.

Finally and understandably we had a large demand for both adult and children’s sun hats. For children we had purchases of new and traditionally popular styles including B276, C153 and C158. Adults were catered for with A1009, A178 and A200.

From the 5th to the 9th of February we will be attending Spring Fair 2017 at the Birmingham NEC. This is the last trade show we will be attending this season, so this is your best opportunity to get a closer look at our brand new Spring/Summer 2017 stock. More information including registration for Spring Fair 2017 can be found here http://www.springfair.com/.

Giving and living 2017 and other trade show news

We really hope to see you there
We really hope to see you there

It’s that time of year again as we head off across the country attending trade shows and showcasing our superb ranges both new and current. First up is Giving and Living 2017 in Exeter between the 15th and 18th of January next year.

You will be able to find us in Hall A and at stall A305 where we will be waiting patiently to help with any ordering and general enquiries. With the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue coming out very soon, this is a prime opportunity to see and feel our stock for next season along with viewing our previous ranges. We always enjoy getting your feedback as it allows us to bring you the best products we can season by season.

Registration is free and more information about the event can be found at http://givingliving.co.uk/visiting/registration/. From here we will be heading to the Birmingham NEC for Spring fair 2017 from the 5th to the 9th of February. Please note that these two trade shows are the only ones we will be attending this season, so make sure you use these opportunities when you can.

Those that can’t attend needn’t worry. We will be offering feedback through this newsletter on what the bestselling lines were and what the best feedback was from the event.

Autumn Fair 2016 feedback

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The date was September the 3rd. Our vans were loaded, the sun was beaming and we were heading to the Birmingham NEC for one of the biggest trade shows of the year, Autumn Fair 2016. We had a very successful show, whilst having a great time in the process and we would to take this opportunity to thank those who came to see us. Getting an opportunity to meet many of you face to face is always a tremendous one, particularly as we can showcase our new stock and advise you on what is currently selling well.

We would like to take another opportunity to show you what the most popular ranges during the show were. Firstly the biggest interest this time around was for our Ski hats, In particular A1230 and the babies bobble hat B269. Our Thinsulate branded range also gets more popular year on year. A368 in various colours and A668 were particular standouts bringing with them a reputation for durability and warmth that your customers will love.

We had substantial sales from our Children’s collection once more with ponchos like CR3 and CP1 along with ski hats like B250 being perfect for keeping the little ones warm and dry during the Autumn/Winter months.

Flat caps like A14 and H27 were well sought after and are superb for any season. Plus with the changes in weather we had increased interest in wellies like WF121 or WF117 and gloves like GL5 or GM25. Finally we had some purchases in our range of bags. LB17 and LB15 feature standout colourful patterns that will appeal to your customers.

Sadly this was our final trade show of the year and we won’t be able to attending anymore until next year for the Spring/Summer season. As mentioned before we always enjoy meeting you and showing our new and old ranges. Throughout the coming months we will continue to keep you updated on what’s hot during the Autumn/Winter season though our newsletters/blog posts and our social media.

Autumn Fair 2016

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Hall 4, Stand 4E50-F51. See you there.

Our next stop will be our final one as we are returning to the Birmingham NEC for one of the biggest shows of the year Autumn Fair 2016. This really is the last opportunity to get a proper look and feel at our new and repeat ranges for Autumn/Winter.

Beloved ranges around this time of year include our Ski hats that are ideal for worsening weather conditions with many of our new additions featuring bright colours and exquisite pom-poms. We are also once again featuring our range of Thinsulate branded hats that bring with them a reputation for durability. You will also be able to view our newest pillbox hats and headbands many of which are part of our faux fur collection.

Those who cater for children will love the expansions to our children’s collection including new animal and pattern based ski hats along with our already well sought after character based novelty hats. We have brand new accessories to show you that will compliment any outfit while still being practical.

Our tweed bags are becoming more popular year on year so we’ve naturally designed more to potentially add to your collections. We also have some funky new wellies and sublime new gloves that will definitely appeal to a wide range of customer tastes. Finally this is a great opportunity to mention that we are previewing our new Occasion range for the coming season. This trade show being the best way to really get a sneak preview of our weddings hats and fascinators before they are revealed fully very soon.

You can view some of these products and more information about us can be found from the link here http://www.autumnfair.com/Exhibitor/SSP-Hats-Ltd. The event takes place between the 4th and 7th of September where we will be eagerly waiting in Hall 4 at stand 4E50-F51. More information on registry can be found here at http://www.autumnfair.com/ and registration if free so if you can get down to the NEC there’s really no excuse not to.

Moda 2016 feedback

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Another successful trade show. Thank you.

Continuing with our trade show season, this month we have just recently got back from Moda at the Birmingham NEC. It was a wonderful experience and we would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who were able to visit us over the three days.

Naturally with the Autumn/Winter season moments away, many of the customers who came to see us at Moda 2016 were preparing for the harshening weather conditions. We therefore saw trends in hats that would keep heads warm and dry when the temperatures dip. Our biggest seller at the show was our range of Harris Tweed caps EHT1. These remain a favourite year on year, featuring the famous Harris Tweed material that brings with it tradition and heritage. Our second biggest seller was our AK62, a more lightweight version of our Aussie style hat that is perfect for any outdoor junctures.

As with Home and Gift 2016 last month faux fur was very popular as a material, which is perhaps understandable since it keeps heads and ears cosy over the winter months. AW110 and AW141 in particular were very popular. As were faux fur fleece hats like A323 and A342. Style for next season was also catered for thanks to the purchases of our popular women’s beret A419.

We also had plenty of sales from our children’s collection. Novelty hats like C401, faux fur hoods like C310 plus babies’ hats like B228 were much favoured during the event. Finally we had sales on gloves like the traditional GL25/L and the tweed GL70.