The AW22 buying season is almost upon us. And despite initial concerns surrounding the rapid rise in Omicron cases, the majority of trade shows and scheduled showroom dates look to be going ahead as planned.
Up-and-coming event Just Around the Corner kicks off the proceedings in Manchester at the end of this month (18-19 January) showcasing around 70 brands across womenswear and menswear. Buyers in the South will be able to visit a bigger version of the show taking place in London from 8-10 February.
Next, independent-focused show INDX Womenswear and Footwear is set to open its doors at Cranmore Park in Solihull from 2-3 February. The buying event will return to its pre-covid format, offering an inspiring selection of brands with free parking and refreshments for visitors. Find out why you should visit on page 90.
In addition, Harrogate Fashion Week is taking place in the spa town from 6-7 February. Now in its sixth season, the show has been growing in popularity since its initial launch in 2019 and saw a 40 per cent increase in visitor numbers at its most recent edition in August. It offers an array of international womenswear and accessories brands with many new names signed up alongside its regular exhibitors. Turn to page 76 for our pick of must-visit stands.
Elsewhere, we uncover more promising new ranges for AW22 in our new collections edit starting on page 40. Whether you’re on the hunt for something fresh or a first look at what your favourite brands have in store, this issue should whet your appetite for the new season ahead.
But January isn’t just about buying – it’s also a great time to put strategies in place to make the most of the year ahead. So, if you’re looking for inspiration, turn to page 85 for fresh ideas on making the most out of 2022.
Wishing you a healthy and successful new year.
The January 2022 issue of Boutique magazine is out now;