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Brands and buyers welcome single venue Scoop

Premium womenswear tradeshow Scoop got off to a busy start yesterday (February 1), with many exhibitors and buyers welcoming the return to a single venue this season.

The three-day event, which has always been held in London’s Saatchi Gallery, first expanded into an additional venue – the Phillips Gallery in Howick Place – for its sixth edition in July 2013.

But late last year, art auctioneers Phillips relocated to new premises; so for this season Scoop is being held in just the Saatchi Gallery again, across all four floors rather than the three used previously.

Sam Rolfe, owner of womenswear independent Concrete Catwalk in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, said: “I’ve being coming to Scoop since it opened. It feels like there’s more of a buzz this season because there is more here. It was a pain getting into a cab to go to the other location – this is much better.”

Kam Harris, sales director for Brand National, which was showing brands including Swedish label Twist & Tango at Scoop, said: “There are more exhibitors, so there are more bodies. It’s a really nice show. We’ve seen a lot of UK buyers already. The only problem is, it’s beautiful and interesting, which is nice, but you can’t have big stands.”

Alex Bernstein, director of eveningwear brand Bernshaw, showing for the fourth time, said: “Being forced into one place can only help; otherwise people scatter. It has been really busy. We’re usually downstairs and I was worried it would take people a while to come up [to the first floor], but it hasn’t. We’ve seen UK buyers and a few Irish.”

Jeané Simpson, buyer for Mrandmrsstich.com, the transactional website linked to Belfast-based independents Rio and Brazil, said: “We come every season; we think it’s brilliant to be in one venue. We only come for one day and before you felt you had to go to the other venue, so you would lose time here [at the Saatchi Gallery].

“We come here because some of the international brands don’t have showrooms here or UK agents, so we do place orders. We do a lot of Scandinavian brands. We’re trying to find some new stuff that’s more exclusive and some more established brands for the website.”

However, Ryan Johnson, director of men’s and women’s premium independent Woods Designer Clothing, which has shops in Maidstone and Chatham in Kent, said: “It was quite nice having two locations, it made it feel bigger and you had a break between the two to think about what you’d seen.”

Overall he was pleased with the show: “Everything seems to be a little higher quality this year. People are paying more attention to things like branding. It all seems simple and classic.”

The majority of buyers on day one were UK independents, with representatives from department stores including Liberty, Fenwick, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols expected to turn up on Monday.

Scoop’s founder and managing director Karen Radley said: “I’m thrilled with how it’s going so far, people have said it’s the best show we’ve ever done.”

Last month, Radley revealed she will run two shows each season at the Saatchi Gallery from the spring 16 season, to allow for pre-collections and to coincide with London Fashion Week in September.

Speaking to Drapers on Sunday, she said: “Reaction to having a show to coincide with London Fashion Week has been positive. With the one date there were always some collections and brands I missed. I think there will be different brands and buyers at each show.”

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