Edgy London Attracts More Fashion Buyers From U.s., Asia

store. “The excitement over pattern and print has really happened here in London … (Customers) love our designers from London.” Luxury spending in the United States collapsed after the 2008 financial crisis but returned to pre-crisis levels by 2012. Increased confidence among affluent spenders have boosted sales and encouraged luxury brands to step up investments there. More foreign shoppers are also visiting stores as the U.S. government eases visa restrictions to attract more tourists. DESIGNER-HUNGRY ASIA Showing a collection of bright printed dresses and skirts in shades of tangerine, watermelon and pale blue, Scottish designer Holly Fulton said she was keen to expand her brand in America after receiving positive press reviews there. “We’re quite interested in doing more in the States at the moment … We’re keen to expand on that in the coming year,” she told Reuters, adding that Asia was also an important market. “Asia has been by far the strongest for us. Hong Kong is getting really strong growth for the label over there.” With economic uncertainty still hanging over Europe, the BFC is seeking to promote British fashion in Asia. BFC chairman Natalie Massenet said Princess Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, hosted a special event for Asian buyers and press, who were seen in large numbers at shows including DAKS, Mulberry and Paul Smith. “Going forward for 2014, there is strong push in terms of the Great campaign (promoting Britain abroad) with Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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