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A letter from Karl-Heinz Muller

Today it was announced that young fashion trade show Bread & Butter is to axe brands as it restructures the format. Here is the letter from B&B president Karl-Heinz Muller outlining the changes…

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

Bread & Butter “Big Time – for the bold & brave brands” is the claim for the upcoming event, which will take place from January 15 to 17. And this is meant to be taken literally.

Allow me to start by taking a look back at the past:

Bread & Butter was founded in Cologne in 2001 and moved to Berlin after just three events. Despite all prophecies of doom, the brave ones followed this spectacular step. Their confidence was highly rewarded; many important brands took part in the first Berlin event in January 2003. Berlin was a success right from the start.

In July 2005, we moved the event to Barcelona. At that time, no event location offering enough potential for a successful future was available in Berlin. Bread & Butter Barcelona was also very successful; we grew fast and became the most important European tradeshow for street and urbanwear.

In 2009 we returned home to Berlin, since the city provided us with the disused airport Berlin-Tempelhof. We are proud and glad to host our event in this grand location, which is unique in the world. The logistical and financial efforts were immense, unusual ways were necessary and we surely kept the industry in suspense. Only the flexibility of our exhibitors and visitors made it all possible. Compared to other European fashion metropolises Berlin is in a very good position. July 2012 already saw the seventh B&B edition since our return to Berlin.

Much speculation could be heard at the last event that we wanted to change the location on the one hand, and that I was about to sell Bread & Butter on the other; both are not true.

I am very proud of my company – selling it is beyond any question. Furthermore, I fully support Berlin; no other city in Europe could be any better for Bread & Butter than the German capital.

However, I am not happy with everything. We have no alternative but to select our exhibitors even more carefully in the future. Our relevant top brands expect a strict selection and the adjustment of their neighbourhoods. As a consequence, we will part with a number of existing, also long-term exhibitors.

We go back to our roots: “BREAD & BUTTER – tradeshow for selected brands”.

Mutual acceptance has been the foundation of our concept from the very beginning; it’s the most important key to our common success. We will reposition Bread & Butter for the future. As of now, we will only accept brands and labels enjoying the necessary acceptance in the community. This applies to bigger brands, but also to smaller labels.

We are aware that the whole fashion industry will face great challenges in the future. As the leading international tradeshow in the appealing street and urbanwear segment, Bread & Butter has to remain a driving force and must take on the responsibility. With utmost determination! And with the knowledge of all consequences. We consciously accept the loss of space, not without the confidence that potential exhibitors will honor this courageous step.

In a style-defining way Bread & Butter characterizes like no other tradeshow in the world, “Contemporary Street- and Urbanwear for Women and Men”.

Accordingly we will restructure the hall concepts and create newly designed areas in close cooperation with our exhibitors; the neighbourhoods will massively change. I think this meets the demands of all parties involved.

In the course of the next days, we will undertake the necessary measures to inform those brands and labels with whom we cannot continue to cooperate due to the above-mentioned reasons.

With this in mind, I wish:

A big time for the bold and brave brands.

Karl-Heinz Müller
President Bread & Butter

Readers' comments (2)

  • Surely that should read

    'President of BAKED BEANS and Yoghurt'

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  • Self-destruction mode from Muller. He's acting like a guy who has finished with his girlfriend, when in fact he was the one who was dumped.

    As a result of this self-righteous spin, most 'selected' brands are going to tell Muller to get stuffed. What will he do then?

    Shows come and shows go and Muller should accept that.

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