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.
Sporting events seem part and parcel of the summer months and they give everyone plenty of opportunity to celebrate in various ways from house parties to full blown events. With this year in particular we have everything from the Euro’s to the Olympics so there’s plenty of opportunities for gatherings to occur. These celebrations are nothing of course without a flag to wave or hang outside ones premises.
We therefore felt that there was no better time than to offer you lower prices on our flag range. Recently added to the sales section of the website, our flags have had their prices reduced significantly. We have a wide range starting with our country specific flags. For the home nations we have Welsh and English flags like our Welsh car flag (Flag3C), St Georges car flag (Flag1Cl) and our separate St Georges Flag (Flag1l). We also have differing sizes of Union Jack flags like Flag18 and Flag50. Plus if you wanted to create a more universal continental feel we have German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch flags.
Looking for something a little different. We’ve also got some great novelty flags from smiley face flags like Flag20 to party themed flags like Flag22and Flag53. Finally we have some shop specific flags that have ‘Open’ and ‘Sale’ written on them.
Our car flags are available at £0.11 per item. The 5’ x 3’ flags and bunting is available at £0.65 per item. Finally our 3’ x 8’ flags are available at £1.37 per item.