Welcome to the January issue of Menswear in Ireland, the first of five issues for 2014. With the new year in full swing, we've been working hard to bring you a feature-packed issue brimming with all the latest news, views and need-to know.

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With the sun having recently set on 2013, what better time than to find out how different independent retailers across the country have found trading in recent months. Our 'So, How Was It For You?' feature includes six revealing viewpoints on everything from best-selling labels and customers' spending patterns to planned changes for the year ahead. It all makes, we think, for fascinating reading.

With the grande dame of O'Connell Street, Clerys department store, having recently re-opened for business, an interview with Simon Smith, Clerys' Commercial Director, and Caroline Reynolds, Best Men's Wear's Area Sales Manager, was another feature that proved particularly timely.

Our fashion focus this issue is on the AW14/15 season which, judging from the collections we have seen to date, promises to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent years. Check out the first part of our seasonal preview in Collection Reports and judge for yourself. The concluding section in our two-part feature will be in the February issue.

Elsewhere, the spotlight is placed on Meath where we trawled the county's streets to run the rule over some of its independent menswear stores. Our findings appear on page 16.

Other highlights in your January issue include our regular features such as News and Showtalk, as well as trends reports on AW14 suits and shirts.

Enjoy the read and see you next month! Alex Fitzgerald, Features Editor.





It's a brand new year and that means new beginnings. This past year was the hardest on record for the mens trade in Ireland. All retailers were expecting a slight rise in figures for the month of December, as the previous year (2010) was very bad due to the weather but as we have discovered, mild weather can be just as detrimental to sales as snow. Trade was very tough in the last JAN 2012 coverQuarter up to Christmas week however there was a slight rise for Christmas week. To see how five top mens retailers faired in 2011, turn to page 8.
2012 is not going to be easy with all prices under a serious strain, tighter margins, increased VAT and high rents but in an ironic turn of events, it seems the demand is still high for retail space as you can see in news.
On page 12 Menswear in Ireland talk to the McCloskey brothers of Evolve menswear in Donegal whose positivity and realism has helped them navigate these trying times. There is also an interview with Karl Danek of Club of Comfort on page 14 who shares some of the company's history as well as their plans for the future.
As well as all that, we have trend reports and collection reports for Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 so you can stay ahead of the curve.
We will be back again next month with more of AW12 and will focus on denims, streetwear and leisurewear.
As we say goodbye to 2011, we welcome 2012 with open arms and renewed vigour. We wish you a prosperous beginning to 2012.

Best wishes,
Jean Guerin






Welcome to the February issue of Menswear in Ireland, our second of five magazines for 2011.
What's new since last issue? Plenty, actually. The snow has (mercifully) melted, the trade shows have kicked off in style and the last signs of the Christmas sales have disappeared.
Having spoken to a number of retailers, the feeling is that, while times are undoubtedly tough, business is ticking over for those prepared to go the extra mile - whether it be offering extra-competitive prices, organising special in-store events and promotions or simply offering the best customer service possible.
Our feature ofutmenscovern the Christmas Sales highlights the disparate experiences of a number of Irish indies across the country. Where some spoke favourably of the recent sales period, pointing to substantial footfall and a rapid clearing of stock, others found the experience less successful than in recent years.
One man who is certainly brimming with energy and positivity is Simon Cope of the UK-based clothes manufacturer Skopes, who provides this issue's interview. Bursting with innovative and ambitious ideas, the affable Yorkshireman reveals his vision for the brand, explains how he stays motivated and his plans for the future.
In keeping with the January issue, the fashion focus is still on the AW 11/12 season. In addition to the concluding section of our two-part guide to the season's collections, we've compiled a trend report on casualwear.
Regular readers will notice a sizeable footwear-related content this issue, which is indicative of the trend for many retailers to add footwear to their product offering. For those considering this, the forthcoming Bróga - The Irish Shoe Fair, which takes place at the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth, Co Kildare from 27-28 February, is a must. The two-day event provides the perfect opportunity to meet with a number of menswear footwear suppliers and look at current stock ranges, which are suitable for dresswear and business, as well as forward order collections. Be sure to check out the full report on Bróga on P.12
Also included in this issue is our popular Shopcall feature, which sees our mystery shopper give is verdict on the recently opened Reef & Co in Malahide, Co Dublin, as well as all our regular features such as News and Showtalk. We hope you enjoy the read!
We return again in the summer with our back-to-back July and August issues. In the meantime, please do continue to let us know how you feel about the magazine, what features you enjoy and what you'd like to see covered. We really value your opinion and greatly appreciate the time you take to share your views and opinions.

Best wishes,
Alexander Fitzgerald



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