A sunny spring 17 edition of Scoop got underway today (July 24) at the new location of Old Billingsgate in east London.
Scoop combined both its London and international editions for the first time at the new location, having moved from London’s Saatchi Gallery for one season as the Rolling Stones exhibition is taking place at its usual venue.
The new site was welcomed by both exhibitors and retailers, who praised the bright and airy feel and the accessibility of the new space where the bulk of brands were house in one main hall, unlike the Saatchi Gallery which is split over several different floors and different rooms.
A busy start to the day made for a good atmosphere and a positive mood from both brands and buyers despite uncertainty caused by Brexit, which was still a hot topic of conversation for many.
Karen Radley, founder of Scoop, said she was “overwhelmed” by the feedback about the new venue.
“They say it is light and easy to navigate and there is a really good atmosphere. We’ve combined Scoop and Scoop London this season and bought in more premium and quirky brands and so far there has been a great reaction.”
Scoop runs from July 24-26. Click here to read the news from day one at trade show Pure London, which coincides with Scoop this season.
The Views from Scoop
Anne Furbank, owner of the eponymous womenswear store
”We love the venue. The location is great. It’s a real quality show and it just exudes luxury. We’re here to see our existing brands but we’ve picked up a new label too.”
Laura Colagrande, womenswear specialist at Levi Strauss
“The venue is amazing. It’s a lot more breathable. The response to the collection so far has been good. It’s our first time doing a womenswear tradeshow in the UK. We’re hoping to pick up new indie boutiques here.”
Sharon Jones, sales agent for Luisa Cerano
”We love the new venue. There’s great light and it’s easy for buyers to park as well. You can see everything so there’s a nice open feel to it. We had some customers on the stand from first thing.”
Teri Cousins buyer at womenswear indie White Bicycle in Belfast
”I really like the new venue, it’s easy to get to and it has a nice fluid feel to it. We’re here to see existing brands as well as something new. The show has a really premium feel to it and the brands work for us, Pure has gone too young.”
Louise Reynolds, designer, Traffic People
”We used to show at Scoop and had a break but decided to come back this season. We love it; the ease of it all and how it is all about the clothes rather than special stand designs. I prefer it here at the new venue rather than the Saatchi gallery too.”
Steven Van Roy, owner, Just In Case
“The first day has gone really well. I like the new venue a lot. It’s good that it’s all mostly on one level. We’re here to do business and we do write orders, which is the whole point.”
Renata Quintella, sales agent, Luxury Brands Inc representing Osklen
“We show at Scoop because we want to get our brand in the UK and this is the best place to show. There are lots of great buyers here so that is why we come and it is the same this season. I like this venue. The Saatchi gallery is beautiful but it is also very good here, we are happy. There is a great atmosphere here this season.”
Tristan Lucazeau, head of sales, Parka London
”I’m in two minds over the venue. The Saatchi gallery represents the real premium aspect of the show. It made it feel like more than just the average, standard trade show by showing in an art gallery setting. But this does feel more open, which is nice.”
Lis Erikkson, founder, Sewn Agency
”Its been ok. We’ve done some business. I like the new venue and I prefer it, it’s easier for buyers to get to, closer to other showrooms and has a really nice atmosphere.”
Lucy Walsh, founder, Brand Ambassador
”The new venue is beautiful. Brands like it and everyone is saying how nice it is. I’d like the show to stay here from now on. It’s open, it’s easy to navigate and buyers don’t miss things. With the amazing view from the terrace, it feels like a proper London show. I’ve been writing orders all morning, people are definitely here to do business.”