The second day of womenswear trade show Scoop delivered yet another mixed bag of busy and quieter stands at the autumn 16 event.
Continuing the theme seen on day one (January 31) at the Saatchi Gallery, buyers and exhibitors were divided in their opinions over footfall.
Those who felt the show appeared quieter than normal still praised a “high calibre” turnout.
Claire O’Connor, UK and Ireland womenswear sales manager for Hudson Shoes, said the brand benefitted from its position in the stairwells of the art gallery space.
“It means we have three exits so even though it feels quieter than we’d normally expect, we’re still seeing a steady flow of people.
“We’re always happy with the high calibre of buyers you see here, we’ve seen the likes of Fenwick and House of Fraser today,” she added.
Caroline Eaton, managing director of Belgian womenswear brand Jeff, agreed. “It feels quieter than yesterday and we’ve done less orders but it’s still our favourite show because it feels relaxed and always has a high-class atmosphere.”
Anne Horton, director of retail at department store chain Beales, said the Saatchi gallery’s usual art installations may have been overshadowing some exhibitors.
“Scoop is a really good show, the only distraction was things like the giant donkeys. I felt sorry for some of the stands tucked behind them,” she said. “Nonetheless there is still some good product on show and I like seeing the niche brands mixed alongside the more established ones.”
Stephanie Mendes, brand manager of Duffy, which is stocked by the likes of Harvey Nichols, said the show had still attracted buyers from multiples.
“We thought yesterday would be busier than it was and the same with today. We’ve still seen some of our key accounts but not all of them yet so hopefully they’ll come on the final day tomorrow.”
Louise Kavanagh, director of Liverpool womenswear independent Boudoir Boutique said she enjoyed the smaller brands but had used the show to make repeat orders.
“We only come down for one day so for us it’s more about seeing our existing accounts and placing orders with them. The new brands are nice but we’ve not picked anything else we haven’t got.”