This week I have just got back from visiting suppliers, as you know I travel all over the UK attending trade shows to get the freshest, best ladies accessories and gifts in Stalybridge, whilst keeping up to date with industry insights, knowledge, and seasonal trends. This week I wanted to share one of my favourite summer trends I spotted while out and about at events and shows.

This summer there are about 7 key trends coming through from designers big and small, one of which is a nautical theme, which is what I want to look at this week.

Nothing quite says summer, better than crisp whites teamed with navy and reds. Navy and white are a classic timeless combination, and it’s a colour scheme that has been seen in previous years. I suspect we will see in future seasons as well! I have seen this theme interpreted in different ways from our suppliers, and at trade shows.

Earlier this year we saw bright yellows appearing in the Spring from Tula, Radley and NICA. We noticed that Kipling have cleverly carried this yellow through into their summer collection that has a subtle marine feel, with Sunflower yellow bags combined with navy and white stripes and block colours in nautical colours. The Summer Kipling delivery is due in any day now.

We also have seen jewellery designer Estella Bartlett create delicate Conch Shell necklaces, and there are beautiful prints on our scarves starting to come in ranging from anchors, through to sailing boats and sea birds.

Yoshi have taken a different and typically quirky approach to the nautical theme and produced bright colourful picture bags and purses in soft appliqué leather featuring promenade scenes and deckchairs by the sea. We unpacked the first wave of summer leathers from Yoshi at the start of this week, and have to admit to being a little bit in love with the Promenade Shoulder bag, its quirky, fun and on trend. For instant summer this year, add nautical accessories to your existing navy or white basics.

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