London Fashion Week Men's
London Fashion Week Men's is a biannual showcase that celebrates the creative and commercial importance of the British menswear industry. The Store Studios at 180 Strand is the hub for activity during London Fashion Week Men's. The venue houses the main BFC Show Space on the ground floor while the BFC Presentation Space and the Designer Showrooms including ready-to-wear and accessories are located on the first floor.
New Menswear Industry Statistics Announced
The BFC are thrilled to see the growth of the UK menswear industry as announced by Mintel:
- The men’s clothing market grew by 2.8% in 2016 to reach £14.5 billion
- Menswear now accounts for 27% (up 2% from 2016) of the total clothing market as sales of menswear continue to rise at a faster rate than womenswear
- Menswear is predicted to grow by 12.43% between 2016 and 2021 to reach £16.2billion
- 42% of male shoppers agree that it is worth paying more for clothes made in Britain
London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons, said: ‘From worldclass designers and established brands, to emerging talent and independent boutiques, our great city can easily lay claim to being one of the big four fashion capitals of the world, alongside Paris, Milan and New York. Nowhere is this clearer than at London Fashion Week Men’s, which attracts the crème de la crème of international designer talent, media and business leaders, everywhere from Mexico to Manchester. The past week has showcased exactly why our fashion industry is a global trailblazer and one that contributes a staggering amount to our city’s economy every year. Full of innovation, imagination and style, the fifth anniversary of LFWM has once again presented London at its open, global and creative best.’
Dylan Jones, Chair of LFWM, commented: ‘The fifth anniversary of London Fashion Week Men's has been as surprising as it has been exhausting. With over 100 events, runway shows, presentations, installations, cocktail parties, dinners and full-on raves, #LFWM once again proved that London has more stamina that any other fashion capital. As for the shows, they have been extraordinary, from the psychedelic to the formal, from Charles Jeffrey and MAN to the best of Savile Row, and from Dunhill and Richard James to Vivienne Westwood. There really is no place like London.’ Since its inception, LFWM has showcased the breath of the British menswear market from emerging talent and streetwear to heritage brands and Savile Row tailoring.
More than 200 brands have been a part of over 750 catwalk shows, presentations and events in venues across the capital in the last five years, with over 230 designers shown as a part of the Designer Showrooms. In London's Olympic year, 2012, HRH Prince Charles hosted an event at St James' Palace to launch the first menswear showcase. The launch of a standalone menswear platform for London was made possible with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Mayor of London, the Department of International Trade, and BFC Partners. The first ever season of shows was brought together with the help of the BFC Menswear Committee, chaired by Dylan Jones OBE, who continue to support LFWM.
An incredible community of people have taken part in the event each season, and the BFC wish to thank all designers, past and present sponsors, PRs, casting directors, models, production companies, venues, press and buyers who have been part of LFWM over the last five years. A special thank you to our menswear ambassadors: David Furnish, David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary, Hu Bing, Lewis Hamilton, Nick Grimshaw and Tinie Tempah. The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Please join us in acknowledging their support for London Fashion Week Men’s June 2017. Official Sponsors: British GQ, Etihad Airways, Lavazza Coffee, Lqd Skin Care, Mercedes-Benz, Radisson Blu Edwardian, London, TONI&GUY and The Vinyl Factory; Official Suppliers: DHL, evian, Fashion and Beauty Monitor, Launchmetrics, The Store, and Warsteiner Lager; Official Funders: The Department of International Trade, The European Regional Development Fund and The Mayor of London.
The British Fashion Council (BFC) was set up in 1983 to promote British fashion internationally and co-ordinate this promotion through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events. The BFC now supports designers beginning at college level and extending to talent identification, business support and showcasing schemes to help British designer businesses develop their profiles and business globally and promote British fashion and its influential role in Britain and London. The BFC Colleges Council offers support to students through its Foundation, BA and MA scholarships, links with industry through design competitions and Graduate Preview Day. Talent identification and business support schemes include BFC Fashion Film sponsored by River Island; BFC Rock Vault; BFC Headonism; BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund; BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and NEWGEN. The BFC supports Boden’s Future British initiative. The BFC also runs and owns charities including the BFC Fashion Arts Foundation, the BFC Fashion Trust and the BFC Education Foundation. Showcasing initiatives and events include London Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Men’s, LONDON show ROOMS, International Fashion Showcase, London Fashion Week Festival and the annual celebration of excellence in the fashion industry: The Fashion Awards.
London Fashion Week Men’s is owned and organised by the British Fashion Council and chaired by Dylan Jones OBE. The Department for International Trade is proud to be supporting London Fashion Week Men’s.
BFC Menswear Committee: Adrian Clark - ShortList, Alannah Weston - Selfridges, Alex Bilmes - Esquire, Alexander Fury - T: Magazine, Anda Rowland - Anderson & Sheppard, Andrew Weitz - The Weitz Effect, Ben Cobb - Another Man, Dermot O'Leary, Catherine Hayward - Esquire, Christopher Bailey MBE - Burberry, Dan Stevens, David WalkerSmith, David Lauren - Ralph Lauren, David Gandy, David Furnish, David Walliams, Douglas Booth, Dylan Jones OBE - British GQ, Elizabeth Saltzman - Vanity Fair, Evgeny Lebedev - London Evening Standard, Gillian de Bono - How To Spend It, Gordon Richardson - TOPMAN, Grant Pearce - GQ Asia Pacific, Harold Tillman CBE, Helen Seamons - The Observer , Hu Bing, Imran Amed - Business of Fashion, Jefferson Hack - Dazed Group, Jeremy Langmead - Mr Porter, Jim Chapman , Lewis Hamilton, Luke Leitch - Vogue Runway, Lulu Kennedy MBE - Fashion East, Marigay McKee, Nick Grimshaw, Paula Reed, Peter Howarth - Show Media, Richard James - Richard James, Richard Buckley, Robert Johnston - British GQ, Robert Konjic, Simon Burstein - Browns, Simon Fuller - XIX Entertainment, Sir Paul Smith CBE - Paul Smith, Stephen Ayres – Avenue 32, Tim Blanks - Business of Fashion, Tinie Tempah , Toby Wiseman - Men's Health, Tom Ford - Tom Ford, Tom Hiddleston, Tracey Emin CBE - Tracey Emin Studio, Wei Koh - The Rake.