Taking a good look at our country collection

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Some of the great hats in our country collection

 

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 A14 and 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.

Autumn/Winter 2017 bestsellers

Just some of our bestsellers for AW17 season
Just some of our bestsellers for AW17 season

 

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 Thinsulates also with classics like A547, A668 and the variations of A368 being well favoured.

Children’s ski hats like C511 and 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.

New Autumn/Winter 2017 Additions

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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

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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 A1313 and 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.

Gloves

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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.

Country collection

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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

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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.

Bestsellers of the Autumn/Winter season so far

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Just some of our excellent bestsellers

We are almost halfway through the Autumn/Winter season for 2016 and we have found some interesting trends for this period so far. Firstly and perhaps understandably our most popular hat style so far is our range of ski hats. In particular the more practical Thinsulate hats like A368/B and A334 along with the more straightforward SKIBK. These are durable, affordable and remain an essential purchase for your Autumn/Winter hat collection. More stylish options include A1254 and A1240 with their standout pom-poms and turn-up brims.

Flat caps are also immensely popular this time around. H91 is our biggest seller so far but A14 and H27 are also in high demand. These Flat caps are the perfect mix of strength, style and tradition so it’s no surprise they are well sought after.

Other interesting bestsellers include our unisex tweed baseball cap AE13, our practical wax bush hat A60, the sublime Women’s beret A419 and also the traditional Sherlock Holmes hat A251B269 and C434 remain the bestsellers from our diverse children’s collection.

We’ve seen some interesting trends also from our accessories collection. GA9 is the bestselling pair of gloves thanks to their suitability during the winter season. GA31 and GA11 are also both popular styles able to withstand any harsh weather. More colourful options for children like GC10 and GC9 were also frequently purchased.

Functional bags like LB5 and LB4 were well favoured along with more stylish options like LB16 and LB44. Our range of wellies has amassed many admirers over the last couple of years. WF126, WF117 and WF112 were the three biggest sellers so far, featuring sturdy rubber materials with outstanding designs. Finally we can’t mention Autumn/Winter without mentioning the dreaded rainfall. U61 and U83 are our most popular umbrellas which feature a free display box for ease of sale.

These products are available for purchase now and as ever we offer free delivery over £300 with a minimum order of £100. This is a prime opportunity to increase your stock before the Christmas rush and to top up any ranges you may have.

Flat caps showcase

Just some of the excellent flat caps available
Just some of the excellent flat caps available

Flat caps remain one of the UK’s most popular hat styles, thanks to its rich history and heritage which can be traced back to six or possibly even seven centuries. The more prominent ‘Peaky Blinders’ style of flat cap has seen a particular resurgence in our popular culture just recently, so this is the perfect opportunity to take a look at the flat caps we currently have available.

Flat caps will be a superb all year round addition to your accessories collection. They are stylish enough for summer and comfortable enough for winter. Frequently these come in different sizes, materials with a differing number of panels but they nearly always feature a rounded top with a stiff brim or curved peak at the top.

Here at SSP Hats we have a diverse range of flat caps available and ready to order right now. Our biggest seller so far this year is the Men’s 8-panel herringbone tweed cap H87. This flat cap features a traditional tweed style with 8-panels, creating a true vintage look. 8-panel flat caps are our most popular style of flat cap. H92 and H96 are similar examples that again mix a traditional style with durability.

Perhaps your customers are looking for something a little more stylish or less conventional. Then flat caps like our patchwork H27 and AE28 feature great patterns in a range of sizes that will really stand out in your flat cap collection.

Many of these flat caps are designed for men but we do have unisex options like AE22 and A14 plus children are catered for thanks to C17. These flat caps are ready to order now with a minimum order of £100 and free delivery for orders over £300.

New Autumn/Winter 2016 products in stock

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Just some of the great choices available this season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Autumn/Winter 2016 new products preview

A1249-(4)bLast month we announced that our new Autumn/Winter 2016 would be released this month and be whisking its way to you very shortly. While your mind may naturally be on the change in the weather with this heatwave, this month we are able to preview a few of our new latest hats and accessories for the autumn/winter.

We start with our new headbands and ear warmers such as A1242 and A1249. These will keep those heads and ears cosy during the bitter weather conditions with their soft but firm materials. We also have these available for children like C502 and C530 with similar materials but with brighter colours and designs.

Every autumn/winter season our pillboxes and faux fur hats delight and our new additions are bound to appeal to your stylish female customers. Hats such as A1204 and A1223 feature the comfy faux fur material in neutral colours with a one size fits all approach allowing the hat to fit comfortably on the wearers head. Those of you looking for something a little brighter may want to check out A1205 since its red, navy and grey colours stand out much more than our previous mentioned styles.

Ski hats are an essential piece of wear for the Autumn/Winter season and our new additions will undoubtedly impress. We have some more styled orientated ladies knitted bobble hats such as A1232 and A1251 with vibrant colours and stand-out designs. These will keep those cold heads naturally warm whilst also making the wearer look chic and trendy. We also have Unisex bobble hats such as A1240 and A1254 and those aimed at childlike sensibilities such as C533, B250 and C511. All of our new bobble hats feature an additional sturdy pom-pom which gives the hat an extra bit of charm.

Finally we have also extended our accessories range. We have some new assorted gloves for all ages including our new Girls multi-coloured knitted gloves GC100 and Ladies quilted ski gloves with faux fur cuff GL100.

Year on year our tweed bags become much sought after so naturally we have decided to add to the collection. We have over ten superb new designs such as LB40 and LB42 that offer great variety with practicality.

All of our new products should be on the website very soon with estimated dates of arrival. You can also sign up for updates that will indicate to you when the hat is back in stock.

New Autumn/Winter 2016 Catalogue

A1204-(2)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.

 

 

Home and gift trade show 2016

homengift1Hopefully you’re being kept busy with your summer season in full swing. But you always have to look to the future and in particular the next Autumn/Winter season. We will be on our travels again with the start of the trade show season, where are excited to be showcasing our 2016 autumn/winter range.

Starting on the July 17th and ending on the 20th, this is a superb time as ever to get a real feel for our new and existing stock. We will be previewing everything including our new extensive ski hat collection, pillbox hats and brand new gloves. These hats are developed with great quality materials including faux fur and are perfect for the rough weather that always appears during those autumn/winter months.

We will be waiting patiently at stand Q57 and you can enter the event for free if you register before the event starts. More information can be found at http://www.homeandgift.co.uk/ or through our homepage. Don’t worry if you can’t attend though. We will also be attending the Birmingham NEC for Autumn Fair and Moda in August and September respectively.

Sneak Preview-New wellington range

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A quick sneak preview of the wellies available in the new Autumn/Winter range

 

Here at SSP Hats our buying and product development team have been working hard to bring you new and exciting hats and accessories. This month we are pleased to announce that we have developed a range of adult wellies that feature bright colours and quirky patterns that are bound to delight your customers.

Each of these boots is truly unique and will definitely allow the user to stand out from the crowd and make a proud statement. The range of patterns to feature include everything from cute dogs to floral designs and even fancy camper vans. Each wellie will also have bright, bold colours of blue, pinks and reds that truly stand out and are great for colour co-ordinating outfits. Taking wellies off and on can be a slog but these wellies have on them an adjustable buckle and which is also good for decoration.

Our product development and sourcing director, Claire Myszczyszyn has worked on the development of these wellies, commenting that “The launch of the Autumn Winter catalogue will feature an updated collection of our popular rubber wellingtons. Last season we delivered our customers an all new and improved rubber shape and quality. Based on the success of this update and a great response from customers, we have continued to develop this shape further by including all new patterns and colours. We have built on bestselling lines as well as introducing fresh elements to keep the range eye catching for the shop floor.”

She continues “Alongside these colourful updates we have featured some of the best patterns in smaller sizes for a children’s version of the high quality shape. These new additions to our wellington family offer a greater element of protection for smaller feet and a sturdier alternative to our existing PVC styles. All styles will be in stock and available for the Autumn Winter catalogue launch.”

These wellies are perfect then for those cold, wet autumn morning or winter afternoons, helping customers retain a sense of style while out on any long outdoor walks.