London is the home of menswear

Menswear is booming in the UK. The industry is worth £10bn to our economyaccording to Mintel. By 2016, men will be spending more than women on clothes.

London is the beating heart of the country’s fashion industry. From the royal family to Hollywood royalty, politicians to pop icons, punks and military generals, the capital has dressed them all.

This great city is home to the world’s oldest hat makers – Lock & Co on St James’s Street, and is the birthplace of such iconic styles as the brogue, 3 piece suit, floral shirts and even bondage trousers.

London is also where international leading men’s fashion event London Collections: Men (6 – 8 January 2014) showcases the best British brands, new independent London labels and designers as well as new up-and-coming creative talents.

Since the days of Beau Brummell, London’s gents have had a reputation for snappy dressing too. For all these reasons, London is the home of menswear.

Menswear culture around town

If you want to find out more about men’s fashion, there are some great exhibitions on at the moment, including:

Hello, My name is Paul Smith
Celebrate the career, creativity and influences of one of Britain’s most enduring designers at this Design Museum exhibition.

Anatomy of the Suit  – FREE

Get up close and personal to examine the detail, craftsmanship and design that’s defined this wardrobe staple for over 100 years at Museum of London.

Club to Catwalk:  London Fashion in the 80s
Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s in a major exhibition at the V&A until 16 February.

Georgians Revealed  – Life, style and the making of Modern Britain
Discover London’s Georgians as they really were, through the objects, clothing and habits that tell the stories of their lives at the British Library.

Top tips for men’s shopping around London

See the guest blogs on VisitLondon.com by Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ and chair of London Collections: Men and his recommendations of some of thebest places to shop for men’s clothing in London.

Did you know…Piccadilly Circus gets its name from its menswear heritage?

The name first appeared in 1626 as ‘Piccadilly Hall’, named after a house belonging to one Robert Baker, a tailor famous for selling piccadills, a term used for various kinds of collars.

When the site was developed in 1743, the name was kept and is now known around the world as Piccadilly Circus. And, in the words of Michael Caine, ‘not a lot of people know that’.

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