The London Design Print Fair boasted a strong buyer turnout and praise from exhibitors for its first edition, which took place March 12 and 13 at One Marylebone in London.
By mid-afternoon on the second day, more than 450 visitors had registered, with numbers expecting to reach the 500 mark by the end of the event. “We had 1200 visitors pre-registered,” said Helen Kooyman, event organiser, “so we were hoping to hit around 250 per day, which we have done. It was very busy on the first morning, but quieter in the afternoon, however today [day two] has been consistently busy all day. I think the sunshine has helped to bring people out.”
Buyers from Next, Burton and Ted Baker were spotted at the show, as well as designer Richard Nicoll.
Kat Trotman, print designer for Debenhams, told Drapers she thought the show had been “very positive”. “We buy from a lot of people showing here anyway,” she said, “But it’s nice to see everyone together, as well as some of our peers and what they’re looking at. It’s great timing for us as it’s the start of the season for spring summer and the catwalk shows have just finished. Plus, it’s a very convenient location as we’re based around the corner.”
Laura Bradnam, owner of print specialists Circleline, was exhibiting at the event and echoed the same sentiments, calling the location “very handy”. “We do a lot of foreign shows such as Premiere Vision,” she said, “so it’s great to have a dedicated print show in London. People coming here have been more print focused than at other larger London events and considering that it’s a new show, I’ve been pleasantly surprised overall by the turnout.”
Glenn Speed, textiles designer for Paul Vogel Design, also exhibiting said he hadn’t sold as much as he would have liked to, but the show had been great for making contacts. “It’s been worthwhile,” he said, “it’s great for networking. Most people who came here we did expect to see, but there were some surprises, such as Tesco. I’d definitely come again.”