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Quality over quantity at day two of Jacket Required

The second and final day of the spring 17 edition of menswear trade show Jacket Required in east London was a quiet affair - as seems to be the general trend across the board this season.

Despite the aisles being quiet, exhibitors were pleased with the level of buyers at the show, saying it was “all about quality over quantity”.

Buyers from Ireland, Japan, France, the Netherlands and Sweden were all spotted, as well as the big UK outfits including House of Fraser, Asos and a selection of premium independents.

Views from the show

Jag Dhami, sales director at Penfield

“It has been a lot slower than previous seasons but it has been OK. We saw a lot of our existing business as there aren’t a lot of new customers around anymore.”

Cherry Firbank, sales manager at Cambridge Satchel Company

“It hasn’t been the busiest but it’s a good opportunity for us to focus and showcase our men’s product. We’ll be back next season to meet some more independents so I hope it is busier then.”

Jack Smith, sales agent for Lee for the UK and Ireland

“Today was much quieter than it usually is but the right people were still here. Its great from a regional indie perspective for us.”

Robin Bolton, sales manager at Hunter

“It has been good but in terms of quality not quantity. Footfall was down on last year but the economy isn’t great so you might expect that.”

Aziz Abidat form menswear indie Made Man in Cockfosters

“I still support our local show. It’s important to come to Jacket Required as it’s the main London show so you need to attend to see what’s happening.”

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