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Moda spring 14: Day one round up

Buyers and brands reported an optimistic mood at the first day of mainstream tradeshow Moda.

Sunday morning kicked off to a solid start, with many brands reporting a brisk beginning to the exhibition’s spring 14 showcase.

Paul Buckle, sales manager at men’s tailoring brand Bladen, said: “Trade has been surprisingly buoyant this morning. Things haven’t been fantastic in recent months but our numbers have picked up and we’re in a good position.”

Many exhibitors noted that buyers, while still cautious, were feeling positive having cleared much of their stock in the sunny summer sale period.

Francesco Turconi, country manager of footwear brand Geox, said: “The weather has made a big difference in the last few weeks. Until June it was quite tough but July and August have been great.

“Independents have cleared stock in the sale and are feeling optimistic. Compared to what we were expecting, I think spring 14 will be very positive for us.”

William Heaton, managing director of menswear brand Oakman, agreed.

“The weather has really made the difference, the decent summer means that stockists have cleared out stock. Independents are still cautious but it’s on the positive side of level,” he said.

One buyer Hazel Maxfield, owner of independent womenswear boutique C&H Brown in Skipton, Yorkshire said that she had factored the unpredictable weather into her buying pattern for spring 14, concentrating on more trans-seasonal pieces.

Qupid, a new young fashion shoe label from the US, was appearing on the UK market for the first time at Moda and reported a lot of interest from independent retailers.

Ross Scattergood, UK brand manager at Qupid shoes said there was a “buzz” from buyers viewing the collection. He added: “The improvement in the economy has definitely filtered down. Indies have budgeted well and are willing to invest in new labels.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • I would report the opposite to this piece, as an indie retailer , that has long supported this show, I think this is a piece of spin, I thought the men's show was very quiet and downbeat,
    reflecting what's happening in our businesses, I spoke to many
    Fellow retailers that all said similar things,

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  • The August MODA is always the quieter of the two and if budgets are tight - which they most certainly are - then there is little need to attend. No singe trade show can now be classed as 'essential'. There has always been a tendency to hype trade shows regardless of attendance as they tend to be a critical free zone. Often a report will bear little to no relation of what was actually going on! It's tough out there and the lure of free beer for buyers is no longer enough.

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  • By most reports, MODA was as quiet as a disused tube station.

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