This week’s issue contains our Show Calendar for the autumn 14 buying season and beyond, listing all the noteworthy trade events over the next six months.
Come 2014 there will be even more buyer-focused exhibitions taking place across the world, but for the time-poor, cash-strapped buyer, which are worth visiting, if any?
Once upon a time it was relatively easy to answer that question because the big-name events pulled in the best brands under one roof. But now a new show crops up each year, brands move around and the quality of certain shows has somewhat waned.
Some believe the trade show model no longer works as well as it once did, but I believe they are important.
There’s no better way to seek out new brands, foreign labels and fresh offerings, giving your store a point of difference compared with your competitors. You might skip a showroom appointment with a name you’ve never heard of or ignore emails from a brand you think is not right for you, but trade shows always bring surprises. Besides the product, the relationship building and networking opportunities at such events are invaluable, and nowhere else are you surrounded by such numbers of like-minded individuals.
Although following the trade show circus across the world from Florence to Berlin and beyond might not be viable, our domestic offering is as good a place as any to start. Big names Pure London and Moda are joined by Scoop and Jacket Required, with new accessories show Detail joining the roster for autumn 14. Hopefully we’ll see you there.