Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
We’ve not visited trade shows this season as the cost of getting to the show, accommodation and meals stacks up, and is enough to buy a collection from a new brand, so that’s what we’ve done. Here at Fit (pictured) we are watching a few brands at the moment but nothing shouts that we must have it now.
Trade shows are very relevant. We trade in the north of England and trips to London need to be minimised because of the cost. Many of our suppliers are flexible and allow us to slot in showroom appointments in the evenings after trade shows. I also try to get to Coterie in New York and Who’s Next/Première Classe (pictured) in Paris as they are great for identifying brands that are under the radar.
We attend a number of shows, about 15 across all the areas we operate in for autumn 13, including Bread & Butter, Moda (pictured), Pure London and Jacket Required. It’s vital to keep looking at these shows to ensure we aren’t missing anything. Shows are important, not just to look at existing suppliers’ developments and trends but to see potential new ones.
Due to the economic climate and reduced staff, I won’t be at any trade shows. I’ll just be focusing on brands we already have like Paul Smith and Ted Baker (pictured) and buying at showrooms. You need to make sure a brand is going to work for you otherwise it can become an expensive mistake, which a small indie can’t afford.