London Collections men Autumn/winter 16

Sixty-five menswear designers featured in the Designer Showrooms at London Collections Men, 8-11 January 2016.

Returning brands included Barbour, Moschino and Pringle of Scotland, with luxury tailoring represented by Gieves & Hawkes, Hardy Amies, Paul Smith and Richard James.

Also presenting were Alexander McQueen, Belstaff, Burberry, dunhill, and Coach. 

The best of British creativity was represented via Christopher Kane, Christopher Raeburn, J.W. Anderson, John Smedley, Matthew Miller, Sibling, Qasimi, YMC and others.

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London Collections highlight growth in menswear

The recent high profile London Collections showcase has shone a spotlight on the booming UK menswear sector.

The UK menswear market has grown by 22 per cent in the past five years and was worth £13.5bn in 2014, according to the market research group, Mintel. Mintel believes the market will reach £14.1bn in 2015.

The global menswear market is estimated to grow from $440bn (£298bn) in 2014 to $480bn  (£325bn) by 2019, according to Euromonitor. The company also estimates global menswear is growing at 4.5 per cent a year, compared to 3.7 per cent estimated growth in womenswear.

According to Mintel, 27 per cent of male shoppers show a preference for buying British clothes, shoes and accessories. Growth in online sales of menswear was 17.4 per cent between 2010 and 2015 - faster than other categories.

Export markets are becoming more important to the sector and since London Collections Men was created in 2012, attendance from buyers and media in the US has risen by 81 per cent, whilst attendees from europe outside the UK and from China have grown by 91 per cent and 185 per cent respectively. 

Menswear is an important piece of the UK fashion industry and its contribution to the UK economy. Major export markets are USA, Japan, Russia, France, Italy, Middle East, Hong Kong and China.

The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy is £26bn (source: Oxford Economics 2014). Fashion’s wider contribution to the economy in influencing spending in other industries is estimated to stand at over £46bn (source: Oxford Economics 2014).

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