2015 May Be the Year to Try Out New Fashion Brands

If you have been paying attention to the US national spending trends on clothing since 2011 you will notice that there has been some interesting changes in how the US, along with the rest of the world, shops for clothing. According to the US Department of Labor Statistics the Average Annual expenditures on Apparel shopping had been declining steadily since the 2011 annual average of $1,740 to a low point in 2013 annual average of $1,604, but in mid-2014 US apparel spending bounced back to annual average of $1,706 and is expected to continue to increase. During those same years a rebound trend was noticed in US made clothing which resulted in a 6.2% increase in sales.

Along with that The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan announced in January/2015, “apparel and footwear contributed a record $361 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, a bigger contribution than new cars, alcohol, toys, or practically any other industry.”

So what does all this mean exactly? Are we spending less but now have more clothes? Is the American clothing manufacturing industry back on top? Well not really, even with the record breaking increase 97% of all apparel sold in the US is still imported. What it does mean is that consumers are out there spending again and are buying more products. The recession mixed things up in all industries and as we continue to bounce back from it, more and more fashion trends get moved around in the mix. A new economy brings in new opportunities for new ideas, new brands and new designs to enter the picture.

But was this shifting in the fashion industry by accident or by design? Interestingly enough in early June/2015 during an agricultural forum held by the World Trade Organization the US accused China for the surging polyester content of wardrobes the world over as they claimed China has been stockpiling huge amounts of cotton for years which has led to “an increase in the use of polyester to the detriment of all cotton-producing countries.”

Other accusations said were that China is paying out huge subsidies to its cotton sector, about $5.1 billion in the 2013-2014 growing season. Between these outlays and its stockpiling, China is causing cotton prices to plunge on the international market altogether.

But is that the only reason prices have fallen? Maybe not, as China also cut back on its cotton imports which left much more cotton for the rest of the world to purchase and they also improved their polyester’s quality over the years thanks to declining oil prices, which would make polyester cheaper as China exports massive amounts of.

So what does this mean for the consumer? Well regardless of the country relations there is one thing that is evident, as clothing materials have gotten cheaper the quality for lesser known brands have gotten better. This has opened up the door for other international countries to sell their products to world consumers, such as the small up trend of the South American ‘Butt-lift’ jeans, which have found a market in Canada, Australia and certain parts of the US.

Another trend that has been seen is lesser known brands have benefitted from this quality increase which allows them to openly compete with bigger brands. Smaller brands also experienced a large growth in Google searches between mid-2014 and mid-2015 like; Cello Jeans (68% average search increase in 12 months), GJG Denim (31% average search increase in 12 months), Flying Monkey Jeans (86% average search increase in 12 months) and Silver Diva Jeans (24% average search increase in 12 months).

So what are you waiting for? Try a new bold or fierce brand today and open up your wardrobe to the new Fashion possibilities as 2015 promises to be the year of fashion trend changes.

Fashionable Brands of Menswear That Create The Best Impression

Making a good impression is the best thing you can do, whether it is for meeting new clients or while clinching deals. The world offers only very few items by which you can inspire confidence and impress people, and one of them is high quality menswear.

It is vital to have excellent quality fashionable menswear. Successful men are quite aware of the importance of wearing quality threads. There is however, the time constraint to be considered, because of the need to visit a quality menswear store and a get tailor made collection of finest clothes.

A successful or aspiring business person or executive should look for the best menswear, but might not need the hassles in acquiring them. Luckily, the UK market offers three of the top brands that will satisfy this desire. These are Norse Projects, Engineered Garments, and Barbour.

Bring out the Bond in You with Barbour

In case you have doubts about Barbour being a famous brand, then you need not worry. Daniel Craig in the popular movie Skyfall featuring James Bond has worn a Sports Jacket – Beacon Heritage by Barbour. In the same movie, Albert Finney also wore Dunmoor Gilet, which also forms part of the Sporting collection of Barbour.

Craig looked quite fantastic as 007 in the Heritage jacket, so much so that it was sold out within a short time. However, do not despair, as December stock will soon be arriving in Barbour stores at Spitalfields, Carnaby Street, and Covent Garden.

Engineered Garments that are Functional

Another brand of clothing that is well known around the globe for high quality menswear is Engineered Garments. Their designers mainly focus on functionality, and are obsessed with producing the best-crafted apparel.

Military is the main inspiration for Engineered Garments, and it is not surprising that their garments apart from being functional are also quite durable. Engineered Garments take their inspiration form the regimental appearance and functionality of military clothing. Their products provide value for money due to the high quality of materials and workmanship.

Scandinavian Designs of High Style from Norse Project

Another option for men who demand the best is the Norse Project brand. The name itself implies a Scandinavian style; however, their range also combines the ultra-stylish design aesthetics of the Dutch.

Norse store products have a timeless style and are very functional. They are also unique, as they are inspired by Scandinavia, and all raw materials going into their production are sourced from around Europe.

Worthy Brands

Even though apparel from Norse Projects, Engineered Garments, and Barbour is not cheap, people who are conscious about quality do not mind investing in these fine collections, which have superior designs and workmanship.

Pay a visit to a Norse Projects, Engineered Garments, or Barbour Store nearest to you, and experience first-hand the superior quality of the menswear they have to offer.

Discover a Wide Range of Top Fashion Brands of Designer Clothes in Westfield London

Westfield London Shopping Centre, located in White City/Shepherds Bush in West London, was opened at the end of October 2008. The centre covers a retail floor area of 150,000m², the equivalent of about 30 football pitches.

Westfield London, with its glass roof providing a bright and airy shopping environment, is said to be London’s largest shopping centre, and the largest urban area indoor shopping centre in Europe.

With a distinctive mix and match of designer and high street labels, Westfield London offers the ultimate London shopping experience. There are more than 265 shops from over 15 countries under one stunning roof – plus 16 brands that have never been seen in the UK before.

It also has a new high-end retail area called The Village, retailing brands such as Burberry, De Beers, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Mulberry, and Tiffany & Co – arguably establishing The Village at Westfield London as London’s third biggest luxury retailing centre after the West End and Sloane Square retail destinations.

Westfield London is designed to bring you the latest trends for all seasons. There’s a huge choice of stores to choose from including all your favourite High Street brands and four flagship department stores including House of Fraser, Next, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.

Men’s fashion stores include:

* Barön Jon which offer a wide range of designer names and famous high street brands including Versace, YSL, FCUK, Milan Collection, Lambretta & Peter Werth,

* Camel Active, which specialises in masculine and modern casual wear.

* David Mayer Naman for the cosmopolitan man who wants a total look uniting international style with Italian taste.

Women’s fashion stores include:

* Blanco, the Spanish brand, which sells fashion clothing and accessories for urban young women

* Coast which specialises in stunning occasion-wear.

* Donna Ida stocks a constantly evolving line-up of top denim labels and you can expect great service along with up-to-date advice on current trends.

Children’s fashion stores include:

* Atelier de Courcelles, which has an innovative and creative concept dedicated to luxury childrens’ wear.

* Polarn O. Pyret from Sweden focuses on smart, functional and playful clothes for babies and children to age 11 years

* Pumpkin Patch provides the ultimate one-stop kidswear that is totally kid-friendly, comfortable and fun.

There are great facilities within the shopping centre to enhance your shopping experience, including:

* Several restaurant areas including:
The Loft, on the second floor, where you will find restaurants such as Byron, Nando’s. Pizza Express and Spaghetti House.

* The Balcony, on the First Floor, where you can enjoy exotic cuisines from Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, India, Italian, Lebanese, and the traditional English Fish & Chips.

* The Southern Terrace Restaurants, outside the main shopping complex, include restaurants such as Balans, Ciao Baby Cucina, Del’Aziz, Fire & Stone, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, The Real Greek, Wahaca and Wagamama.

There are also plenty of cafes and juice bars scattered all over the shopping centre – try Apostrophe or Butler’s Chocolate Café.

There are many comfortable resting areas where you can take the weight off your feet and recharge your batteries before continuing with your shopping.

Westfield London is a children-friendly environment with spacious, pushchair-friendly malls and plenty of lifts. There are three Family Rooms to help deal with meltdown moments when shopping with kids – two on the Ground Floor and one on Level 1 Retail near The Balcony.

Kiddy Cars are free to hire (up to four hours) to keep your kids entertained, and can be picked up from the Concierge Desk on Ground Floor.

If you are accompanying a disabled person, you can book a free wheelchair or motorised scooter and make the most of the wheelchair-friendly malls and restaurants.

It also hosts exciting events such as catwalk shows. At the end of September 2009, Westfield London teamed up with celebrity stylist William Baker to create a catwalk show – Westfield London Style 2009.

If you missed the fabulous catwalk show,here are some of the images he sent down the catwalk.

Westfield London is a popular shopping complex with the locals as well as visitors. Make Westfield London one of the “Must See” places next time you visit London.

How to get there.

By Tube

Four Underground stations provide easy access:
– Shepherd’s Bush and White City on the Central line
– Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush Market on the Hammersmith & City line.

By Bus

Bus routes 31, 49, 207, 237, 260, 607 and C1 will run from their current terminus at Shepherd’s Bush via the Westfield Interchange and on to terminate at the White City bus station. Route 148 will run to the bus station via Wood Lane.

Shepherd’s Bush also continues to be served by buses 72, 94, 95, 220, 272, 283, 295 and N207, to bus stops within a short walk of Westfield London.