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.”