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CPH Vision splits into two venues

Contemporary womenswear, menswear and streetwear exhibition CPH Vision is to expand and add a new location for its spring 09 edition which will be held on February 5-8.

A new venue will enable the Danish show's organiser, Exhibition Professionals, to split its fashion and streetwear offers into two distinct "universes".

Denim and streetwear collections will be shown under the Urban banner at Terminal Two, a 97,000sq ft former railway maintenance building in Copenhagen, situated a short walk from CPH Vision’s existing Øksnehallen venue.

Øksnehallen will continue to be the arena for the Design section, which will take in womenswear and menswear collections such as Stella Nova, Drykorn and Soaked in Luxury.
Creative director Jan Carlsen explained: “We’ve been working on this idea for the past two years since we found the Terminal Two building. CPH Vision had outgrown Øksnehallen but the new hall will give breathing space to exhibitors and visitors.

"We aim to transfer the great vibe that [denim area] Pavilion had to the new building and to host shows and activities in the space.

"We are not aiming to have lots of very large stands, the biggest will be about 1,600sq ft. It is more important for us to host new exhibitors and bring something fresh to the market, something that our visitors can’t find at home. Of the 340 exhibitors at the next edition 40 will be new."

Jo Watkinson, womenswear head buyer for etailer My-Wardrobe, said that as a fashion city Copenhagen is gaining momentum. She said: "It's on the radar now. We are always looking for new brands so we will go next season and cover all the halls to see if we can unearth some hidden gems."

Similarly, Bashir Mohammed, owner of premium mini chain American Pie, thought the changes were a good move. "CPH Vision had become cramped so more space is good,” he said. “I’m happy to see CPH doing something to compete with [rival show] Gallery, which seemed to have taken in most of the top-end CPH brands."

In addition, Jan Carlsen, the founder of CPH Vision, is stepping down as chief executive of Exhibition Professionals but will continue as a non-executive chairman and as the exhibition’s creative director.

His successor as chief executive, Peter Selchau, has worked in strategic development at CPH Vision since 2006 and has a background in the financial sector.

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