APPAREL MONTH: Current and emerging trends

We round off our special focus with a look at the growth of retro, couture and adult-led collections.
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The licensed apparel sector is worth some £442 million in the UK, according to the NPD Licence Tracker (12 months to September 2009). Despite that being a pretty healthy number, the category was one of the worst hit by the closure of Woolworths – indeed this partly contributed to a 16 per cent decrease from 2008 for the sector – but, with a wave of interest from new retailers and some high profile deals having gone through already this year, the category is well placed to bounce back in 2010.

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