Alpha Studio from Italy has deservedly hit the top spot as a favourite this season with themes, etnico contemporaneo, holiday vibes and folk couture. The garments are feminine, cleanly cut and as ever reassuringly well made. Colours are both earthy and bold.

From Positano, La Bottega di Brunella weave precious local yarns using ancient Neopolitan loom techniques. Everything is in-house from the production of the cloth to the accurate tailoring and dyeing. It is summer, it is Brunella, a positive fashion statement for the fuller figure and the not so full one.

Zyga from Paris is also committed in production for future generations. The wonderful choice of pretty day dresses and separates in cotton and linen, florals and broderie are competitively priced and in gorgeous colours. Mes Soeurs et Moi from Belgium, likewise, starts with very carefully chosen fabrics. This easy wear, easy care contemporary range goes across the sizes. The rail is a riotous feast of primula colours and uplifting to see at the start of the new year. It is also going fast.

Mama-b from Italy almost needs no introduction. This stylish, slightly arty collection in cotton tricot is intelligently cut and characterful. It serves ladies from all walks of life. It is simple and one of our first to use compostable bags. Well done. Bitte Kai Rand from Denmark has a great following too. Look out for the wholesome heirloom cross-hatch print pieces in singed orange and dove grey and for summer, roses with plenty besides

 

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