5-7 August 2018, NEC Birmingham

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Five minutes with Colin McCarthy


Established in 1770, independent department store Bakers & Larners has spanned four centuries, nine monarchs and two world wars. Here, menswear buyer Colin McCarthy explains how some of Moda Gent’s most loyal exhibitors are staple brands at the Norfolk-based store. 

Q: What would you say are your key menswear labels? 
A: Brook Taverner is one of our prime accounts, and performs every season to an exceptional standard. Fynch Hatton meanwhile is a very good shirt brand for us, and Meyer Trousers are our best performer overall. 

Q: What sets these labels aside from their competitors? 
A: Brook Taverner in particular has an exceptional stock service and in-season stock replenishment. They produce for high quality products at competitive prices, and customers trust the brand. They always seem to deliver the right product season after season. 

Q: What would you like to see more of this year? 
A: Jackets, trousers and shirts continue to be our main sellers. We have just expanded into Fynch Hatton’s full lifestyle range for a/w 17, based on its performance as a shirt label. If our brands keep doing what they are doing for the s/s 18 season, we will be happy. 

Q: What inspires loyalty from you as an independent stockist? 
A: Having a fantastic relationship with a brand which is very good at working with us as a retailer. With Brook Taverner for example, we have a 20 plus year history with the label because of our strong, ongoing relationship. 

Discover the latest from your staple menswear labels at Moda Gent on 6-8 August this year. 



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