A cautiously upbeat mood prevailed at this season's Associated Independent Stores' menswear trade show in Solihull, despite a power cut that interrupted the first day of the three-day event.
Organisers decided to close the show for the day when the venue was plunged into darkness at lunchtime on Tuesday, after a workman on a nearby building site cut a power cable. However, when power returned, they attempted to recall exhibitors and buyers.
Show organiser Richard Ireland said: "We were able to phone many people, and there was a rapid return to the showroom. By 3pm the event was back in full flow."
Although both buyers and exhibitors were nervous about spring 08 after a season of poor weather and interest-rate hikes, most were in a bullish mood.
Ireland said: "The show went better than we expected. Most indies have had a difficult season and I was concerned there might be an air of despondency. But most buyers seemed to be shrugging off the weather and most large brands said business was brisk."