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ATTIRE

9

EDITOR’S

LETTER

Happy New Year,

readers! Do you feel

ready for the season

ahead? If you’re

anything like us here

at

Attire Accessories

, you

rang in 2017 wearing

woollens while gazing

longingly at spring/summer look books.

Luckily, we’ve also been able to fight off the

chills by immersing ourselves in creating

this bumper issue of February trade

exhibition exclusives.

There are extensive guides for our media

partner shows. Pure London (page 31)

is set to be bigger and better than ever

before with an expanded Pure Man sector,

an all-new Athleisure platform and a

headline keynote speech from

Vogue

Editor,

Alexandra Shulman. Meanwhile, Spring

Fair (page 47) and Jewellery &Watch (page

71) combine to make up the season’s biggest

retail buying event yet

again.We

’ve also

taken sneak peeks at the Moda (page 97)

and Scoop (page 115) jewellery, accessories

and footwear line-ups, bringing you all the

latest developments and sector changes.

Lastly, I can’t forget to mention the country’s

most prominent sartorial occasion London

Fashion Week will return for a second

season in its new location on the Strand

with a raft of new fledgling design upstarts

(page 123).With a mixture of heritage

labels and up-and-coming names lined up

to showcase their latest pieces, all the events

covered in these pages are vital for retailers

who want to stay relevant and promote

diversity in their offerings.

On the look-out for your holiday season

stock? Look no further than our travel

accessories and summer shoe round-ups

for sandals and suitcases galore! This issue,

we also get to bid a fond farewell to the

BTAA’s Paul Yates and welcome new Chief

Executive Diana Blair.

Along with our regular news, interviews

and product features, readers have the

opportunity to win products worth £500

RRP courtesy of jewellery and handbag

label Tempest Designs.

A

FEBRUARY 2017

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EDITOR

Laura Sutherland

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ISSN 1758-0919

Cover image courtesy of Fiorelli Silver at Gecko

Jewellery,

geckojewellery.com

Laura

Editor’s pick

After all the festive parties, my feet yearn

for flats. However, I’m not quite ready

to let go of December’s glamour, so the

natural destination for my first footwear of

2017 is French Sole, the luxe ballet pump

brand.These monochrome beauties are

ultra-elegant for day and night, but most

importantly, they give off serious Cruella de

Vil vibes – perfect for making a dramatic

office entrance!

Laura Sutherland

Travel accessories,

page 109