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Simon Carter At Sole Trader

Simon Carter At Sole Trader
Footwear retailer Soletrader has teamed up with London-based menswear designer Simon Carter to create a premium footwear collection for autumn 16. Drapers caught up with Carter and Derrick Hoyle, buying controller at Soletrader, to find out about the new range Tell us a bit about the collection Derrick Hoyle: There are 16 options across seven … Continue reading Simon Carter At Sole Trader
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Menswear Buyer Article For December ’16

Menswear Buyer Article For December ’16
I’m writing this at the end of Cyber Monday. Who knew, a few innocent years ago, that the end of November would be dominated by Black Friday, and now this. What next? Online Tuesday? Web Wednesday? We’ve been drawn into a discount arms race; a race to the bottom where full price trading seems ridiculously … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article For December ’16
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Simon Carter ft. Andrew Ashong

Simon Carter ft. Andrew Ashong
Here we have the super talented Andrew Ashong modelling my navy ‘waffle’ jacket. Look out for more pictures of Andrew wearing Simon Carter on social media soon. Find out more about Andrew and his wonderful music at these links: https://www.facebook.com/Andrew-Ashong-491671087552502/ https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=andrew+ashong And my jackets are here: http://www.simoncarter.net/jackets
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Menswear Buyer Article October

Menswear Buyer Article October
  It’s anniversary time here at the House of Carter. It’s a year to the day that we pulled the huge red lever in the basement, that switched over our old online store to a new, slick more engaging one. With much fanfare, trumpets, ticker tape and whooping (ok, well maybe no ticker tape), we … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article October
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I Like To Play……With Guilloché

I Like To Play……With Guilloché
“I like to be, under the sea, in an octopus’s garden…….” This post isn’t about The Fab Four, however, but The Fab Two! My new ‘Under The Sea’ guilloché enamel cufflinks ‘Tropical Fish’ and ‘Seahorse’. It is no secret that I am somewhat addicted to guilloché. Peter Carl Fabergé came up with the brilliant idea … Continue reading I Like To Play……With Guilloché
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Menswear Buyer Article For August

Menswear Buyer Article For August
‘Hot enough for you?’ called the postman cheerily this morning as I staggered up the steps to my house, sweating profusely and fumbling for my keys. How we Brits love to complain. Last week it was the coldest July since the Great Arctic Freeze of 1727 when pelicans froze mid air over the Thames, and … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article For August
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Menswear Buyer Article For July

Menswear Buyer Article For July
I was going to write a dry and pithy piece about the decline of brands in Generation Z and the threat to multinationals, but today is Friday 24th June and I’m still processing the fact that my country has voted to turn its back on Europe. I went to bed confident in the sanity of … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article For July
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I Charleston Speakeasy Brighton Full Vid

I Charleston Speakeasy Brighton Full Vid
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Menswear Buyer Article For June

Menswear Buyer Article For June
There’s an excellent exhibition on currently at the Jewish Museum, the existence of which I’ve only just become aware of. The museum itself is a gem of good architecture, tucked away on a quiet side street a few minutes walk from the manic babble of Camden Town market. It’s small, but perfectly formed, and gives … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article For June
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I Charleston Brighton Speakeasy With Andy

I Charleston Brighton Speakeasy With Andy
The I Charleston Brighton Speakeasy was a roaring success on the opening weekend of the Brighton Fringe. Participants were swivelling and sliding across the dance floor at the Brighton Spigeltent and after three hours of dancing the crowd delighted onlookers as they burst out the tent to sing and dance around the Old Steine fountain. … Continue reading I Charleston Brighton Speakeasy With Andy
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Menswear Buyer Article for March

Menswear Buyer Article for March
As part of the ageing process, I find myself invited to be non executive director, or give panel talks, or join august trade bodies. On the whole, I’m happy to give back something to the industry that’s supported me for over 30 years, and given me an agreeable, if permanently somewhat stressful, way of life. … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article for March
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Menswear Buyer Article For February

Menswear Buyer Article For February
There’s a deliciously 80s’ retro feel to the Eurostar now, as it moves from looking dated to looking cool. I hadn’t been to Paris for years, except all too briefly to nip out of a trade show for a less than average meal about fifteen years ago. We packed a picnic, like a couple of … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article For February
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SS16 West End

SS16 West End
My West End sub-brand was originally conceived to appeal to a wider demographic, to be accessible to the, perhaps, younger man about town by featuring designs which were directional, pared down, less opulent, good word coming up – unostentatious. And I would say it has fulfilled that brief rather well over the years. But then, … Continue reading SS16 West End
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LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN AW16

LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN AW16
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Tweets From My LCM Event #LCM #LCM2016

Tweets From My LCM Event #LCM #LCM2016
Getting the shoes ready #LCM #simoncarterA/W16 pic.twitter.com/FArNJHjDCZ — Simon Carter (@kingofcufflinks) January 8, 2016 Get your five a day with this shirt from my #simoncarterA/W16 #LCM pic.twitter.com/FtlCT0rYcj — Simon Carter (@kingofcufflinks) January 8, 2016 Gorgeous #LCM presentation #daller chaps @kingofcufflinks @RogerFrampton @jamesgranstrom pic.twitter.com/0Y59AmaWH1 — PRINCE CASSIUS (@PRINCECASSIUS) January 8, 2016 Looking a bit tired after … Continue reading Tweets From My LCM Event #LCM #LCM2016
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SS16 Sneak Peeks

SS16 Sneak Peeks
WT2501 classic style watches
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These Shoes Are Made For Walking

These Shoes Are Made For Walking
I move around a lot: planes, trains, automobiles and walking betwixt. Which is why I am, e’en as we speak, wearing a pair of my own tan desert boots. They are extremely comfortable. I should probably get one of those devices that counts how many miles you clock up walking. I have a feeling I’d … Continue reading These Shoes Are Made For Walking
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Menswear Buyer article January ’16

Menswear Buyer article January ’16
The last of the turkey has been inventively turned into some new kind of fricassee; unwanted presents tucked away into this years re-gifting box; and New Year resolutions already broken so drink may as well be taken. Yes, it’s early January. Looking back on 2015, for Simon Carter, it was a good year. My first … Continue reading Menswear Buyer article January ’16
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My Winq Magazine Men of the Year Interview

My Winq Magazine Men of the Year Interview
With thanks to winq.com for permission to reproduce GET CARTER For three decades Simon Carter’s eponymous clothing and accessories brand has delivered fashion dotted with gentle humour to those seeking an essence of what it means to be British. And we rather like that in our Style Award-winner Text by Matthew Cain “I’m only an … Continue reading My Winq Magazine Men of the Year Interview
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Menswear Buyer Article Dec 2015

Menswear Buyer Article Dec 2015
‘Would the real Simon Carter please stand up?’ It’s not often that I get an irate customer on the phone. There are two reasons for this; firstly, the vast majority of our customers leave my stores very happy, and secondly, if there is a problem, it can almost invariably be resolved by one of my … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article Dec 2015
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Menswear Buyer Article For October

Menswear Buyer Article For October
Who remembers the age of conspicuous consumption? Of look-at-me trophy shopping trips on Bond Street, Patsy and Eddie style, expensive bags clacking together like vast upmarket conkers? It all seems a little tasteless now, post crash; all a bit crass. But while the Guardian reading chattering classes may be spending their precious cash on single … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article For October
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Menswear Buyer article for August

Menswear Buyer article for August
‘The customer is always right’. How many of us learnt that on day one of retail school? And how many of us have come so close to throttling a customer or slamming their fingers in the till? This aphorism came home to roost this week in one of my stores that shall remain nameless as … Continue reading Menswear Buyer article for August
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Menswear Buyer article for June

Menswear Buyer article for June
London’s Marylebone High Street is a curious place. A decade of curated management by the singularly effective agency CWM has transformed it from village backwater to uber mittel-European playground for the wealthy bored. Prime rents are eye watering, but a full occupancy and mega premiums attest to its success. The de Walden family must be … Continue reading Menswear Buyer article for June
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Menswear Buyer Article for May

Menswear Buyer Article for May
There’s an old Chinese proverb that basically says ‘Be careful what you pray for’. This came into my head last week during a visit to Tokyo. As always, I’d missed the cherry blossom. I’m usually too early, and there’s boughs full of the stuff coyly in bud. As I take off they collectively burst out … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article for May
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Launching Simon Carter shoes in Singapore

Launching Simon Carter shoes in Singapore
I’m back! Been in Singapore to launch my new shoes More images here
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Menswear Buyer Article | February 2015

Menswear Buyer Article | February 2015
MWB Article Feb 2015. Elton John is quoted as saying that “Nothing I ever bought has brought me lasting happiness.” From a man who elevated extreme shopping to an art form to rank alongside sculpture, that’s quite an admission. I was reminded of this pithy aphorism this week when a misfortune struck me. I left … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | February 2015
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Smarter Carter | SS15 [2]

Smarter Carter | SS15 [2]
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Smarter Carter | SS15 preview [pt1]

Smarter Carter | SS15 preview [pt1]
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Collaboration | Simon Carter and Rad Russel shoes

Collaboration | Simon Carter and Rad Russel shoes
Simon Carter and Rad Russel collaboration shoes in store now and coming to the website soon. These are top quality handmade shoes featuring crazy attention to detail, quality leathers, super comfort fit. Each box contains a pair of shoes, orange shoe horn, two pairs of waxed cotton laces and individual dust bags. Sizes from 41-45 … Continue reading Collaboration | Simon Carter and Rad Russel shoes
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Menswear Buyer Article | January 2015

Menswear Buyer Article | January 2015
MWB Article Jan 2015 There’s a great sketch in Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ where John Cleese asks ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ Expecting nothing in response he becomes increasingly frustrated when the rebels answer ‘Sanitation!’ ‘Roads!’ ‘Wine!’ and the list goes on. It’s funny because all their accomplishments take the wind … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | January 2015
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Menswear Buyer article | December 2014

Menswear Buyer article | December 2014
MWB Article December 2014. Friends and strangers to our industry often ask ‘why don’t I produce more in the UK?’ To illustrate my answer, I usually point to my receding hairline and premature greyness. God knows, I’ve tried. Here’s a cautionary tale to warm your hearts this festive season. Once upon a time, long ,long … Continue reading Menswear Buyer article | December 2014
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Absolute Magazine on Brighton

Absolute Magazine on Brighton
Nice piece in Absolute Magazine
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Menswear Insight on our Brighton store

Menswear Insight on our Brighton store
Nice mention for our new store in Menswear Insight
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MWB Article October 2014

MWB Article October 2014
Years ago, I was favoured and blessed enough to have my shirt collection in Selfridges Oxford Street. This was before they moved the department upstairs and began a relentless pursuit of international luxury brands and positioned themselves ever and ever higher. They asked me to come in and do a ‘meet the designer’ event, along … Continue reading MWB Article October 2014
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Still Life: Corduroy Jacket in Late Summer

Still Life: Corduroy Jacket in Late Summer
I know blue is the colour for AW14 but my favourite product right now is the green corduroy jacket with trim and deconstructed lining in Liberty print peacock floral print. If I was to get all deep and meaningful about it I’d say it’s another of this season’s nods to the 70s when the “Peacock … Continue reading Still Life: Corduroy Jacket in Late Summer
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Menswear Buyer Article | August 2014

Menswear Buyer Article | August 2014
I recently lost a bet in Toronto. My friend with whom I was staying bet that his local fish and chip shop would beat anything London had to offer. ‘Are you insane?’ was my response. ‘We invented the stuff. It’ll be cooked in maple syrup batter or have Canadian bacon mushy peas’. So I thought … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | August 2014
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Autumn/Winter 2014 | Behind the Scenes

Autumn/Winter 2014 | Behind the Scenes
For Autumn/Winter 2014 we searched high and low for the perfect shoot location and found the most beautiful classic Victorian school with all the original features restored including the vaulted ceiling, parquet floor, pine stage and blue and cream Victorian tiling. Filled with quirky and eclectic props and antique furniture from industrial to Art Deco … Continue reading Autumn/Winter 2014 | Behind the Scenes
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Menswear Buyer Article | June 2014

Menswear Buyer Article | June 2014
Condomania. It’s a new word I’ve invented. And no it’s nothing to do with prophylactics. I can’t think of a better word to describe the construction boom that is currently affecting Toronto. I was there last week to visit my store there. Long overdue; I hadn’t been for three years. In that time the city … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | June 2014
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Styled by Simon | Monday 16th June

Styled by Simon | Monday 16th June
Following on from the success of our first Styled by Simon evening last September, a date for the second Styled by Simon has been announced. DATE: Monday 16th June TIME: 6:00 – 9:00 PM ADDRESS: 34 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, W1J 7QP Join Simon and the team at Simon Carter Mayfair for a preview evening showcasing … Continue reading Styled by Simon | Monday 16th June
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Menswear Buyer Article | May 2014

Menswear Buyer Article | May 2014
“Take off your shirt, turn over, and breath in deeply. This is going to hurt.” I’m sure I have your full attention now, dear readers. And those of you with filthy minds, put those thoughts away. MWB is a wholesome family publication. The voice giving such forceful instructions was Liz, who is a masseuse. We … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | May 2014
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Collaboration | Happy 150th John Lewis

Collaboration | Happy 150th John Lewis
I have had the pleasure of working with John Lewis for over 25 years; we’ve built a strong relationship and have developed many exquisite cufflinks and accessories together, so it’s a delight to collaborate with the team at John Lewis to celebrate the 150th anniversary of such an iconic British department store. Their extensive archive of … Continue reading Collaboration | Happy 150th John Lewis
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WIN | A Silk Bug Print Scarf #SimonCarterSelfie

WIN | A Silk Bug Print Scarf #SimonCarterSelfie
  Known in the office as a bit of a technophobic, I’ve recently been more inclined to join the social revolution and Tweet on a regular basis, which has proved a great way to keep in contact with my lovely customers. In 21st Century style, I’ve programmed my spinning jenny to run a fun Easter selfie competition with … Continue reading WIN | A Silk Bug Print Scarf #SimonCarterSelfie
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Menswear Buyer Article | April 2014

Menswear Buyer Article | April 2014
I’ve had the curious experience of being the subject of a documentary. Well, let me clarify that. For two days, a four person strong marketing team from Copenhagen accompanied me around my daily routine, interviewing and photographing as they went. They had been commissioned by my hopefully soon-to-be licensing and franchising partners in India. The … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | April 2014
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UKFT Accessories Award | We’ve made the shortlist!

UKFT Accessories Award | We’ve made the shortlist!
We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the 2014 UK Fashion & Textile Accessories Award! We will be up against the talents of Alex Monroe and Drake’s London at the gala ceremony held on 22nd May. The judging panel, led by Hilary Alexander OBE, had the difficult task of picking the … Continue reading UKFT Accessories Award | We’ve made the shortlist!
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Style | Douglas Booth shot for Teen Vogue wearing Simon Carter cufflinks…

Style | Douglas Booth shot for Teen Vogue wearing Simon Carter cufflinks…
He’s an internationally renowned name and face (of beauty) and is promoting the release of the new movie ‘Noah’ with a star studded cast including fellow Brits Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone. Teen Vogue caught up with Mr Booth to get up close and personal with the Noah star, and they’ve done a … Continue reading Style | Douglas Booth shot for Teen Vogue wearing Simon Carter cufflinks…
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Vintage Cufflinks | Simon & Gervaise have been up to their usual tricks…

Vintage Cufflinks | Simon & Gervaise have been up to their usual tricks…
I have a real passion for antiques and there is nothing I enjoy more than stumbling across a fantastic hidden antique store or unknown auction on my travels around England. It’s such a thrill to find Edwardian Whitefriars glass or other collectables … in unexpected places! Most recently Gervaise and I were rummaging through my … Continue reading Vintage Cufflinks | Simon & Gervaise have been up to their usual tricks…
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Spring/Summer 2014 | The Looks

Spring/Summer 2014 | The Looks
It might feel as though Summer is a million miles away, however, we can assure you that you’ll be escaping the city with the roof down in no time! We’ve been styling the new collection to give you a few hints and tips to dress for the warmer weather in true Simon Carter style. This … Continue reading Spring/Summer 2014 | The Looks
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Valentine’s Day | Shewing the Course of the Truelove River

Valentine’s Day | Shewing the Course of the Truelove River
As you all know, I am an avid antique collector and I recently found this fantastic early 20th century postcard in a job lot I bought at auction. It’s a rather comical depiction of the constantly changing course of love! Where would you place yourself on the map this Valentine’s day? Fancy Free Plateau? Pity … Continue reading Valentine’s Day | Shewing the Course of the Truelove River
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Valentine’s Day | Let us help!

Valentine’s Day | Let us help!
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us so we thought we would offer a helping hand on what to buy and where to go! We’ve chosen a selection of fool proof gifts for him, and don’t forget our Valentines Surprise – a FREE ladies Haematite bracelet with a beautiful hand set Swarovski crystal heart charm worth … Continue reading Valentine’s Day | Let us help!
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Spring/Summer 2014 | The Clothing Lookbook

Spring/Summer 2014 | The Clothing Lookbook
We’re very excited to share with you the final images from our Spring/Summer 2014 clothing lookbook and to let you know that you can now SHOP the new seasons collections in our stores and online! Model: Adam Cowie Photography: Marie Asbolom
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Spring/Summer 2014 | Behind the Scenes

Spring/Summer 2014 | Behind the Scenes
With the New Year comes new collections, and we’ve been busy shooting the Spring/Summer 2014 clothing lookbook. After a long search for the perfect location we found ‘The House Next Door’ – a beautiful five floored former building merchants situated on the corner of East London. Wonderful textures and wallpapers adorned the walls, complimented by … Continue reading Spring/Summer 2014 | Behind the Scenes
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Menswear Buyer Article | February 2014

Menswear Buyer Article | February 2014
As part of my small catalogue of doomed-to-failure New Year resolutions, I included acquiring a dishwasher. Yes, I am now about to join the 20th Century. To be fair, there is a perfectly good reason why I held off for so long. As long term readers of this column may have deduced, I have a … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | February 2014
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Spring/Summer 2014 | Queue for the Zoo – Liberty print by OK David

Spring/Summer 2014 | Queue for the Zoo – Liberty print by OK David
We’ve got some fantastic Liberty prints hitting the shelves for Spring/Summer 2014 and one of our new designs has featured on the Channel 4 documentary ‘Liberty of London’. We caught up with the illustrator David who told us a bit about his inspiration for this exotic print. So, tell us a bit about yourself… Hello, I … Continue reading Spring/Summer 2014 | Queue for the Zoo – Liberty print by OK David
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Blackheath | Our new store is now open!

Blackheath | Our new store is now open!
Its been over a year since we opened our Crystal Palace store which has proven a tremendous success with the local community. On the strength of this we have recently opened our seventh stand alone Simon Carter shop in Blackheath, London. The London suburb is even more prosperous and leafy and the store is in … Continue reading Blackheath | Our new store is now open!
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Menswear Buyer Article | December 2013

Menswear Buyer Article | December 2013
There’s nothing better at this time of year than a good cold snap. Not too wet, mind you, but nippy enough to drive the customers into the stores in search of a good pair of cashmere lined ponyskin gloves or a scarf. One of the peculiarities of our trade is that we rub our hands … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | December 2013
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Drapers Awards 2013 | Simon Carter wins Menswear Brand of the Year

Drapers Awards 2013 | Simon Carter wins Menswear Brand of the Year
It was an evening of glamour and celebration with more than 800 people in the room, including many of the most powerful and influential figures in the fashion retail industry. We spent the evening socialising, networking, reminiscing and celebrating with old friends and some of the very best names that the fashion business has to … Continue reading Drapers Awards 2013 | Simon Carter wins Menswear Brand of the Year
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Christmas | Don’t miss the post!

Christmas | Don’t miss the post!
We can’t quite believe it, but Christmas has come around again! It’s just ONE MONTH AWAY now so for all you last minute shoppers, we have put together a list of final posting dates to International and UK customers to make sure your presents arrive in time. WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER – Asia, Far East (including Japan, … Continue reading Christmas | Don’t miss the post!
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Menswear Buyer Article | November 2013

Menswear Buyer Article | November 2013
One of the unintended consequences of being in business for nearly 30 years is that, by definition, you become regarded as a source of wisdom. I’m not certain that there’s a link between longevity and talent, but there we go. The upshot of this is that I am a non exec on the board of … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | November 2013
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AW13 Lookbook | Behind the Scenes

AW13 Lookbook | Behind the Scenes
We had a great time on location shooting our AW13 lookbook. Our super talented photographer Marie wasn’t afraid to get stuck in to make sure we got the perfect shots!  
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Menswear Buyer Article | September 2013

Menswear Buyer Article | September 2013
It’s been a year since we opened our Crystal Palace store. Whilst no one likes a gloater, I can’t help but feel a trifle smug that we finished 50% up on our budget. I remember when the builders were in, and naysayers gathered on the pavement to taunt. ‘It’ll never work!’ ‘Think they can come … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | September 2013
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Menswear Buyer Article | August 2013

Menswear Buyer Article | August 2013
I’m writing this in the hellish heat of a Croydon heatwave. As ever, we’re caught off guard by any form of extreme weather. ‘Whew wot a scorcher!!’ screams the Financial Times and ‘Hot weather boosts seasonal clothing sales’ according to the Sun’s headline writers. And indeed the blistering good weather is good news for sales. … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | August 2013
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Menswear Buyer Article | March 2013

Menswear Buyer Article | March 2013
I’m sat here in the coldest March since 1962 threatening to set fire to the office furniture in a pathetic attempt to stay warm. One of my staff has gone out to the corner shop to get lunch and said ‘he may be gone some time’, in a manner all too reminiscent of Captain Oates. … Continue reading Menswear Buyer Article | March 2013
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