And this season, 68 designers will participate in shows and presentations and the Designer Showrooms will exhibit collections by 71 designers.
New additions to the LC: M schedule for the Spring/Summer 2015 season include DKNY, Moschino, Joseph, Maharishi, Ede & Ravenscroft, Turnbull and Asser, Hentsch Man and Nicholas Kirkwood.
The inaugural winner of the BFC / GQ Designer Menswear Fund sponsored by Vertu is Christopher Shannon who will show his SS15 collection at 6pm on Sunday 15th June
NEWGEN MEN sponsored by TOPMAN for SS15 includes Agi & Sam, Alex Mullins, Astrid Andersen, Common, Craig Green, Diego Vanassibara, Kit Neale, Lee Roach, Matthew Miller and Nasir Mazhar.
And most important: International press and buyers from 33 countries have confirmed attendance at London Collections: Men in June 2014. The number of buyers attending LC: M has risen by over 30% year on year and season on season.
Looking at industry, the picture gets better:
According to Mintel:
The UK menswear market grew by 18% between 2008 and 2013 to reach £12.9 billion in 2013
Sales have grown almost 5% (4.8%) in the last year as clothing retailers have increasingly turned their attention to menswear
Mintel forecasts that the men’s fashion market will grow by 27% between 2013 and 2018 to reach £16.4 billion
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Today’s new figures prove that London is without doubt the home of men’s fashion, supporting increasing numbers of businesses and jobs. The fact that menswear is expected to grow by a third in the next 5 years is testament to our unrivalled heritage and the visionary designers dominating our catwalks. Plus the capital’s men are the sharpest dressed around, so it’s time to puff out our plumage!”