London Collections: Men showcase the best of British SS15 menswear June 2014

London Collections: Men (LC: M) showcase the best of British SS15 menswear 15-17th June 2014.

The following brand new industry figures are from Mintel, 2014:

The UK menswear market grew by 18% between 2008 and 2013 to reach £12.9 billion in 2013

Sales have grown almost 5% (4.8%) in the last year as clothing retailers have increasingly turned their attention to menswear

Mintel forecasts that the men’s fashion market will grow by 27% between 2013 and 2018 to reach £16.4 billion
“Today’s new figures prove that London is without doubt the home of men’s fashion, supporting increasing numbers of businesses and jobs. The fact that menswear is expected to grow by a third in the next 5 years is testament to our unrivalled heritage and the visionary designers dominating our catwalks. Plus the capital’s men are the sharpest dressed around, so it’s time to puff out our plumage!” – Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries said: “These figures not only represent the exponential growth of the menswear industry but also show the continuing growth of the creative industry. The sector consistently punches well above its weight, and is a true powerhouse within the UK economy that outperforms all the other main industry sectors.”

The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy is £26 billion; up from £21 billion in 2009. Showing an increase of 22% in nominal terms (Oxford Economics 2014)

Fashion’s wider contribution to the economy in influencing spending in other industries is estimated to stand at £46 billion. (Oxford Economics 2014)

The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 797,000 jobs (Oxford Economics 2014).The sector also provides opportunities to minority groups to a greater extent than most other creative industries. (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report 2010)

The number of buyers attending LC: M has risen by over 30% year on year and season on season. The BFC would like to thank the UK Trade and Investment for its ongoing support of the Guest Programme

68 designers will participate in shows and presentations and the Designer Showrooms will exhibit collections by 71 designers

3 official venues will be used for London Collections: Men: The Hospital Club, The Old Sorting Office, and Victoria House, WC2

International press and buyers from 33 countries have confirmed attendance at London Collections: Men in June 2014

New additions to the LC: M schedule this season include DKNY, Moschino, Joseph, Maharishi, Ede & Ravenscroft, Turnbull and Asser, Tiger of Sweden and Nicholas Kirkwood

The inaugural winner of the BFC / GQ Designer Menswear Fund sponsored by Vertu is Christopher Shannon who will show his SS15 collection at 6pm on Sunday 15th June

NEWGEN MEN sponsored by TOPMAN for SS15 includes Agi & Sam, Alex Mullins, Astrid Andersen, Common, Craig Green, Diego Vanassibara, Kit Neale, Lee Roach, Matthew Miller and Nasir Mazhar. A NEWGEN MEN pop-up showroom will take place at Victoria House each day as a dedicated opportunity for the designers to host press and sales appointments

MAN, the joint initiative between TOPMAN and Fashion East returns to the catwalk on Sunday 15th June. Bobby Abley returns for the third season and is joined by two newcomers Liam Hodges and Nicomede Talavera. The following day, Fashion East Installations will showcase four of the most exciting up-and-coming menswear talents: Alan Crocetti, Edward Crutchley, Marques’ Almeida and special guest Martine Rose

LC: M highlights also include parties, events and dinners hosted by BFC/Superdry; Dazed/Harvey Nichols; Diesel Black Gold; Esquire/DKNY; GQ/Dunhill; i-D/Jeremy Scott/Moschino; Jocks & Nerd/C.P. Company; Kilgour; LOVE/Sibling/Selfridges; Men’s Health/Lou Dalton/Liberty; Rake Magazine/Claridges, and Shortlist/House of Fraser

The BFC Fashion Film event sponsored by River Island takes place on Monday 16th June at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Films will include Baartmens & Siegel x River Island Design Forum SS15; Christopher Raeburn SS15; MATCHESFASHION.COM, and Nicholas Kirkwood SS15. The panel discussion will be chaired by film critic, broadcaster and Chairman of the London Film Critic’s Circle, Jason Solomons with speakers including designer, Christopher Raeburn; BFC Fashion Film committee member, Kathryn Ferguson and Marie Schuller, Head of Fashion Film at SHOWstudio

Exhibitions, events and screenings will take place over LC: M celebrating London as the home of menswear. Following the success of the Anatomy of the Suit exhibition at the Museum of London last season, Timothy Long has curated a NEWGEN MEN exhibition that will be open during London Collections: Men and the month of June. Kinvara Balfour was joined in conversation by Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council and Dylan Jones OBE, Chair of London Collections: Men and Editor-in-Chief, British GQ at an event at the V&A, and Anthony Peck and Savile Row tailoring house, Huntsman will introduce a film screening of The Million Pound Note at the ICA. These events came out of the Mayor of London’s LC:M Cultural Roundtable chaired by Head of Culture, Justine Simons

Sponsors & Suppliers: London Collections: Men is supported by European Regional Development Fund; Fashion Monitor; Fudge; GQ; The Hospital Club; Lavazza Coffee; L’Oreal Paris Men Expert; The Mayor of London; Mercedes-Benz; Nyetimber; Penhaligon’s; Q Vodka; Radisson Blu; Rightster; Siemens; Superdry; Swatch; TOPMAN; UK Trade and Investment; Warsteiner and The Woolmark Company

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