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Bubble boasts record visitor numbers

Kidswear trade show Bubble delivered a “record number” of overseas visitors at its autumn 13 edition as overall visitor numbers rose 3% year-on-year.

The show, which took place on January 27 and 28 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, recorded a 20% increase in overseas visitors. Although the show organisers did not release the actual number of buyers they disclosed it was a “record number”.

Bubble London event director Lindsay Hoyes said: “Bubble London has come a long way since its inception and now, in its 11th edition, I am so proud of how integral a part of the industry the show has become, which is reflected in not only the quality of UK and overseas retailers it attracts but also the variety of exciting and innovative labels that take part and offer so much inspiration for the childrenswear market.”

The show boasted a number of new brands including Quiksilver, Animal, Gravel + Grass, Roxy, Gigi & Co, Quack Quack Moo, Time Machine, Slugs & Snails, Leopold & Livia, Alma Llenas and Billieblush.

Bubble also tapped into the “Made in Britain” trend, and continued to endorse labels that design and manufacture in the UK through its Homegrown concept. Flying the flag for British brands this season were kidswear labels including Brit Chic, Gravel & Grass and Bluebird.

Carol Kearne, owner of kidswear indie Trumpets & Tiaras said: “As a small retailer, it’s brilliant to see so many British manufactured brands. It’s great for us to be investing back into the economy and it’s a fantastic selling point to our customers. We found so many new exhibitors this time and there seems to be lots of small, niche labels showing, which is great.”

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