London Fashion Week Men’s Now Open for Business
Taking up its now regular residence on the Strand Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Dylan Jones OBE, Chair of London Fashion Week Men’s and Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council opened the four-day event stating that ‘the city has always been a keen exponent of the traditional and the rebellious.’
Dylan Jones, Sadiq Khan and Caroline Rush – image courtesy of the BFC
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London commented: “London Fashion Week Men’s is a truly international celebration of fashion, design and creativity. As Mayor, I’m proud to be able to provide funding to support this event and the next generation of London designers. Fashion is the largest employer of all our creative industries, supporting almost 800,000 jobs and worth an astonishing £28 billion to the UK economy. From Burberry to Stella McCartney, Agi & Sam to Vivienne Westwood, London has been at the forefront of modern fashion, shaping and defining the latest styles and trends for decades. Today, press and buyers from as far away as Beijing, Seoul and Montreal will flock to London Fashion Week Men’s, showing that London is truly open to business, talent and visitors from across the globe.”
According to industry analysts Mintel’s British Lifestyles 2016, the men’s clothing market grew by 4.1% in 2015 to reach £14.1billion (up from £13.5billion in 2014). This is compared to 3.7% growth in womenswear – menswear now accounts for 25% of the total clothing market. Menswear is predicted to grow by 22.5% between 2015 and 2020 to reach £17.3billion.
The Designer Showrooms houses over 60 labels and press, buyers and industry professionals can choose from up to 50 shows / presentations during the course of the 4-day event.
Some of the LFW Men’s committee with Chair Dylan Jones OBE