London Fashion Week Men’s is now in it’s tenth season, showcasing the latest fashion designs for men.
Who better to open the event than the Mayor of London himself, Sadiq Khan.
Since its inception as a one day display of menswear at the end of London Fashion Week, LFWM has now flourished into becoming recognized as one of the most exciting platforms for menswear in the world.
It was previously known as London Collections Men, but the event was renamed London Fashion Week Men’s to coincide with the highly successful women’s wear fashion weeks.
Much like the Women’s event, LFWM showcases the very best in creative and design talent from around the world through a packed schedule of shows, presentations, installations and events from Friday 6th to Monday 9th January 2017.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London said this of the event: “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 and 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.”
Dylan Jones OBE, who is London Fashion Week Men’s Chair stated: “London has always prided itself on showcasing creativity, particularly when it comes to fashion, and as the city has always been a keen exponent of the traditional and the rebellious, it’s no surprise that in the last six months, our capital has become even more renowned as a center of excellence.”
The Menswear Industry by numbers
- 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 (Mintel’s British Lifestyles 2016)
- Menswear is predicted to grow by 22.5% between 2015 and 2020 to reach £17.3billion (Mintel’s British Lifestyles 2016)
- 59% of men have purchased clothes online in the last 12 months (Mintel’s British Lifestyles 2016)
- $440bn (£298bn) worth of sales in menswear globally in 2014. $40bn (£27bn) further sales predicted in the menswear apparel market reaching $480bn (£325bn) by 2019 (Euromonitor, 2015)
- 27% of male shoppers show a preference for purchasing British clothes, shoes and accessories (Mintel, 2015)
- 29 central London venues will play host to catwalk shows and presentations around the central hub at 180 Strand
- 17.4% growth in online sales of menswear between 2010 and 2015 outpacing all other categories. IbisWorld predicts that online menswear also stands to grow more than other selected categories with an annual average of 14.2% between 2015 and 2020 (IbisWorld, 2015).