New Year New Look – Topstocks have the latest in fashion…
January is always an interesting month – after the hectic pre Christmas rush to get everyone’s orders out in time, the first month of a new year is a great time to look forward to an exciting time ahead. Orders are still coming in so it’s a time to re-stock ahead of the Eventing season as all items have been rundown a bit with all the Christmas orders.
BETA International, which is held at the NEC over 3 days in mid January, is always a great day out – a chance to catch up with existing suppliers, find some new, interesting products, listen into demos and talks and watch the fashion show. I also usually bump into tradestand friends that I haven’t seen since the summer months while out in the road at horse trials, which is always fun.
This year’s show was a good one and I did find some lovely new clothing items. Firstly I made a visit to an existing supplier to view the new Coldstream range. I already stock the lovely Lennel baselayers and Kilham breeches in white and I was very impressed with the quality of this new premium range. So I have added the Kilham breeches in taupe – a lovely colour that are perfect for those who prefer a slightly darker shade rather than a cream/beige tone – and the gorgeously snug Kimmerston quilted gilets in navy and Windsor wine. These are a great extra layer perfect for any time of the year. These are all available on the website now – www.top-stocks.co.uk – and the first 10 Coldstream orders will receive a free Coldstream baseball cap, and the very first order will also receive a free pair of Coldstream Pawston performance socks. I also ordered some beautiful sleeveless and short sleeved show shirts.
Next up was a visit to the stand of a very new company, DVR Equestrian – I had seen their collection in the BETA magazine and was very interested in both their designs and technical innovations. The specialist sports fabric is produced in Italy and incorporates recycled ocean plastics. It offers muscle control, UV protection, is oil resistant, is fully breathable and wicks away moisture, has two-way stretch and shape retention. And the colours and designs are amazing to top it all off! So impressed that the Santos show shirt has stock loops – I know this is a small detail but how difficult is it to find show shirts with them?! The fabrics really feel amazing against the skin
– incredibly light and cool to the touch. These show shirts and base layers will be with me in April and will retail at £56.99.
There were lots of other interesting items that I am thinking over, possibly for later in the year. As the show is showcasing the new autumn/winter ranges many items are not available until summer time so I have plenty time to consider these.
I listened into a very helpful talk about using social media to increase sales from websites – I was glad to hear that many of the things I do on social media are good, but could be improved. I brought away plenty of top tips to utilise Facebook and Instagram in a better way!
The fashion show is a great way to get a general overview of new trends and was pleased to see how fantastic the Coldstream garments looked – I’m definetely getting the Kimmerston long riding coats later in the year!
Aside from BETA I received a very welcome email from Hamag in Australia advising me that they are distributing direct to the UK again – this is great news as their lovely leather bridle number discs were a very popular item for me, before direct distribution was halted a few years ago. Available in round or rectangular in white, black and brown, these are super smart, extremely hard wearing and secure so last forever, and are very easy to use. I will be receiving all these shortly for bridles and will have some saddle ones too in black and white rectangular design. Available in pairs or singly and will retail at approx £75 for a pair.
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