April issue out now

The dreary weather has meant it’s been a slow start to the season for many fashion indies. However, with King Charles’ coronation and several Bank holidays on the horizon, footfall is expected to rise on the high street over the coming weeks.

If your product line-up is in need of a spring clean, we pick out some fresh high summer pieces on pages 22-23 to get shoppers in the holiday mood. Plus we also highlight some great natural wellness-led skin and beauty brands on page 28. Let’s hope more regular doses of sunshine arrive soon.

If you find yourself needing to top up stock in-season, B2B marketplaces can be a great way to refresh your shelves without making a hefty financial commitment. There are numerous benefits to buying digitally including fast and free delivery, low minimum orders and easy returns if products are unsuitable for your store. Some also offer a ‘sale or return’ service so you can test the water with new categories risk-free. Turn to pages 34-35 for five of the best wholesale sites for UK fashion and lifestyle indies.

Elsewhere in this issue we speak to Freddie Fforde, founder of new community-driven neighbourhood- workspace concept, Patch. He’s on a mission to regenerate local high streets, converting empty retail units into new centres for commercial and cultural life. Each venue includes work-near-home office space while local people decide what else the units are used for – from cafes and pop-up shops to event spaces and libraries. So far Patch has locations in Chelmsford, Twickenham and High Wycombe while the plan is to roll out at least 100 across the UK. Find out why its founder thinks it could be the answer to saving the high street on pages 36-37.

Finally, we speak to Hayley Attridge, founder of womenswear indie Blue, about successful buying and the importance of brand promotion on page 39. Meanwhile, Ann Coxon, co-owner of Darlington’s Leggs Fashion, shares the story behind the 100-year-old family business on page 46.

Gemma Ward, Editor

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The April 2023 issue of Boutique magazine is out now.