Scoop kicked off London’s spring 18 trade show season in style on Sunday 16 July.
Visitors praised the clean lines and chic layout of Scoop’s venue, the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, whose exhibition ‘From Selfie to Self Expression’ formed the backdrop to more than 250 fashion brands this season.
A new room called The Salon has been added for spring 18, which was filled with accessories and jewellery brands.
The first day of the show drew high-calibre buyers from all over the British Isles, from Devon to Derry. Some brands were writing orders on the stands.
The mood was generally very positive and the aisles on the ground floor in particular were bustling from the get-go. Some brands on the first and second floor said the morning had been quiet, but hoped buyers would make their way upstairs later in the afternoon.
Scoop and its fellow London trade show Pure have been held on concurrent days over the past few seasons, but are a week apart for spring 18. The reaction from buyers was mixed: some felt it gave them more time to spend at each show, while others complained that it meant paying twice to travel to London.
Your views on the show
Dries Vanderhoydonks, agent at VK Fashion, showing Alice & Trixie
It has been very good so far. We decided to show here as there were a lot of nice brands already signed up and it had been recommended to us by some of our customers.
Michael Heffernan, owner, TCA showroom
Retailers are finding it tough at the moment but it’s the ones who are out there, going to the shows and looking at what’s coming through in terms of product are doing the best.
Helen Forest, owner of independent Pampas in Glasgow
It has been very positive so far. There is a nice mix of brands and the mood is positive.
Rosie Fortescue, owner, Rosie Fortescue Jewellery
It has been a bit quiet this morning but I think that’s because we are on the top floor so I’m hoping it will pick up as buyers make their way upstairs. I showed here last season and it was really good for me so I’m feeling positive.
Ida Johnson, assistant, Kate Sheridan
Scoop is a great show for us – it’s nice to be in an art gallery and the mood of the show is nice, it’s very creative and relaxed. People do come here to buy, so it’s a serious show where buyers are looking for new brands. It’s still relatively early but there have been lots of people walking the aisles and we’ve seen some people from Europe, including from Italy.
Nada Saida, director, Lizzb
We chose Scoop because we came as visitors a few seasons ago and were really impressed by the set-up, it’s the perfect trade show. I like the brand and the vibe of the show. It’s not overwhelming for buyers and it’s not about who has the biggest or the most impressive stand, it’s more focused on the quality of the collections. Buyers can see product clearly and it’s easy to navigate.
Kwang Woo Choi, designer, Genuin Verk
We were at Pure last season but a lot of the people there said we would be a better fit at Scoop and recommended we come here. I’m really excited about the environment of the show. It’s great to be surrounded by art and the atmosphere here is different to what we’ve seen elsewhere, it’s unique. So far, we have mostly seen people buyers from independent stores, from the UK but also from as far away as Japan and France. We’ve come to meet a good mix of people, we’re open to everyone.
Iqbal Mahomed, general manager, Ragyard
It’s our first time here at Scoop – we thought why not come and see what the show is like and it’s been really good so far. People have been really interested in the brand and the product, which is nice. There have been lots of buyers from independents.