Another popular product range for this AW17 season is our country collection. This features a range of hats that are suitable for the great outdoors thanks to their durability and strength. So here at SSP Hats we would like to take this opportunity to see what your customers will demand for this season.
Firstly we will look at Flat caps which remain a popular all year round option. Our biggest sellers here by far is our 8-panel style hats like H92 and H91. These naturally feature 8-panels per cap along with soft and stable materials like Wool and Acrylic. Children’s tweed flat cap C17 is another big seller this season.
With their traditional feel and long heritage Tweed hats have been well favoured so far this season. Classic flat caps like A14and A16 remain likeable choices and tweed gloves GL5 is one of the bestsellers in our glove collection. We also have tweed trilbies like H104 or A260.
Faux fur is a great material for the Autumn/Winter season keeping those heads continuously warm and cosy. Many of the hats in our Autumn/Winter collection feature faux fur but the most well sought after include A1202 and headbands like AW141 or AW142.
Finally a great part of our country collection is our waterproof hats like A39,A19 and A30. These hats remain prominent year on year and are well suited for any potentially dreaded rainfall.
With the changes in the weather and the Autumn/Winter season now in full swing we have seen some interesting sales trends for this period. This is a great opportunity to see what your potential customer base is demanding and top up your head-wear and accessory ranges. Especially with the Christmas rush soon coming. Last month we focused on gloves and ski hats and these are still incredibly popular.
Our bestselling gloves so far include our Adults and Children’s stretchy magic gloves. GC9, GA9 and GC11 are three affordable options in particular. These magic gloves also feature vibrant colour schemes that will appeal to wide range of customers. More fashionable options like GL61 and GL1207 were also well sought after.
Ski hats remain the most popular product range this year round. Superb additions like A1236, A1245 and A1233 has been heavily purchased and we still have plentiful stocks. We have sold plenty of Thinsulatesalso with classics like A547, A668 and the variations of A368 being well favoured.
Children’s ski hats like C511and C506 were the bestsellers in our Children’s collection thanks to their great designs and affordability. Children’s novelty and peru hats are another trend that has popped up this time around. C434, C344 and C349 are just three examples of this but they are selling fast with low stock levels, so get in quick for those.
Finally we can take a look at the seasons bestselling bags and wellies. Our checked patterned rucksacks LB15 and LB16 were the biggest selling bags. But our tweed cross body and shoulder bags like LB55 and LB52 were another in demand option. All of our wellie designs are excellent but WF130, WF131, and WF128 are the most favoured this time around.
Just recently you will have received our new Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue. Hopefully you will notice that as well as continuing with seasonal favourites, we have refreshed the range extensively with many new additions across all areas of our collection.
Ski and Bobble hats
Ski and bobble hats are central to most retailer’s collection for A/W. Functionality is key, yet the pom-pom and bobbles are still a big driver in terms of trend for AW17. You will find a great mix of price options and designs within both our existing best-selling lines and all new items for the season.
We are also happy to announce that we have extended our range of Thinsulate options across all genders. Ski hats like A1295 and Bobble hats like A1301 are a great example of range extension within this popular staple product group.
If you are looking for a more fashionable handwriting, ski hats A1313and A1320 feature additional interest yet still provide the ultimate functionality for the season. New additions to our children’s collection are particularly eye catching and colourful like C560 and C565.
Customers looking to build on their accessory selection will benefit from our extended glove collection. You will find a combination of great value items but will also notice we have focused on additional options with a little more style. Many of our new gloves are stretchy and will provide the perfect mix of comfort and style.
Our country collection which is central to an all season offering, also benefits from some great new additions. Tweed wide and short brim hats like A1341 and A1355 are very popular choices. With price being key, we have focused on developing more affordable lines which still keep a classic outline. Our new tweed 8-Panel cap in Navy and Olive will undoubtedly be a popular choice. Baseball caps like A1347 and A1352 have been specifically developed with the Autumn/Winter months in mind.
Trilby and Fedoras
Finally we have continued the range extension through to our moulded collection of Fedoras and trilby’s. A key brief for this part of the collection was to deliver additional, more achievable price points to the felt specifications of the range. With prices rising, we have worked hard with suppliers to provide customers with popular classic shapes, at more palatable retail points. We feel we have been successful with codes H112, H118, H111 as a handful of examples.
While at Autumn Fair we were able to showcase some our wonderful new Autumn/Winter range which we also have spoken about in previous newsletters. Thankfully many of these products have now arrived and are available for purchase.
Firstly we have an array of new Thinsulate and Ski Hats such as A1201 and A1200. These will understandably keep those heads cosy when the weather begins to harshen. Do you have customers who are looking for a more luxurious option while still protecting those heads from the cold? Well your customers will love our new faux fur collection including Cossack designs like A1206 and A1223 along with pillbox styles like A1205.
Additions to our Children’s collection have also arrived. This again includes ski hats such as C512 but also comprises of headbands like C502 and new gloves like GC100. Standouts this season in the children’s collection will be our new novelty fairy-tale and dinosaur hats such as C432 and C434.
We also have a diverse range of new adult gloves like GL100, GL-1205 and GL110. These feature bright or neutral colours with charming patterns. They are also one size fits all so will fit a range of hand sizes.
Finally we have additions to our winter accessories range including elegant new tweed bags like LB42 and LB44, plus new wellies like WF125 and WF126. As ever we offer free delivery over £300 and we can usually offer next day delivery if you are within a certified distance.
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 A1230and 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 WF117and 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.
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.
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.
As mentioned in our previous Newsletter we’ve been out and about in beautiful Harrogate for the Home and Gift 2016 trade show. This year’s trade show has been extremely successful for us with almost double the intake of orders from last year and some wonderful feedback regarding our latest acquisitions.
For those who were able to attend and speak to us, we were very grateful. For those that couldn’t we are more than happy to announce what trends arose from the orders we took. The biggest trend by far was our new knitted hats particularly our knitted ski hats. Many of these feature fancy colourful designs with including exquisite pom-poms that will also keep the wearer cosy during the dip in temperatures.
Our children’s collection was well sought after gets more popular year on year. This includes our new bobble hats with playful designs that children will love. But our new additions to the novelty range was also well liked.
Gloves were the big accessory of choice from this trade show but there was also great feedback on our new tweed bags that caught many a customer’s eye. Finally our patchwork flat caps are becoming all year round favourite and our wraps was another great purchase.
We’ve still got two trade shows to go with our next destination being the NEC in Birmingham forMODA 2016 during the 7th to the 9th of August. We will be situated at stand Z68 and again this is a great opportunity to get a good look and feel for our new Autumn/Winter stock. After that we will be back in Birmingham for the ‘big one’,Autumn fair 2016.
Along with our seasonal trade show attendance we are also pleased to announce that we will be releasing our new Autumn/Winter 2016 catalogue with price list very soon next month. This will feature a showcase of many of our new additions to our existing ranges. This includes our knitted bobble hats which we are massively extending. These will feature a great mix of colours and nearly all will feature an exquisite bobble. Plus they are one size fits all, so they will fit a range of head sizes.
Faux Fur hats will also be added to this season. This includes some new headbands and pillboxes that will keep those heads warm and cosy during the cold winter months. Our children’s collection is getting some new additions including bobble hats, ski hats and headbands that will appeal to their childlike sensibilities.
We have also added to our gloves and welly ranges, both of which our essential purchases to keep those hands and feet dry during the worsening weather conditions. Naturally we will also be restocking on our most successful ranges from last year. This new directory should be with you very shortly. We should have 100% stock levels of all products very soon, but do feel free to place orders as soon as you like, we can then arrange a despatch date to suit you.