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Resident Showroom co-founder Mark Batista quits

Mark Batista is no longer helping to organise the fledgling Paris menswear trade show and showroom concept he co-founded last year, Drapers has learned.

The news emerged after the second edition of Resident Showroom wrapped up last week. It is understood that Batista worked on this season’s event, but walked out shortly before it opened on 21 June.

Co-founders Craig Ford and Pierre Boiselle will continue to run the show, which coincides with Paris Men’s Fashion Week. 

For its second edition, Resident hosted around 10 labels at its private showroom from 21 to 22 June, before showcasing 45 brands in a trade show format from 23 to 26 June at a new larger venue in Bastille.

Boiselle said: “The mood was very positive – we had good buyers coming through from Europe, the US and Asia. The new location provided extra space for our brands, which was appreciated by everyone involved.”

He declined to comment on Batista’s departure.

The trade show element spanned three floors at Bastille Design Center and was extended to four days instead of three this season.

Boiselle said: “It was a bit stressful on the Monday [26 June] when no one turned up in the morning, but it became more productive as the day went on. It was worth it as buyers ended up staying for longer, [and it gave] them more of a chance to see everything. We plan to keep the extra day in our next edition.”

Among the attendees were buyers from Harvey Nichols, and UK independents End Clothing and Oi Polloi.

Bryan York, general manager at menswear label MC Overalls, said: “Although at times it wasn’t incredibly busy, we definitely saw a ‘quality over quantity’ scenario. Turnout for buyers was good – we saw a lot of Japanese and Korean buyers early in the week.

“This was our second time showing at Resident Showroom. We picked Resident as it’s a much more curated feel for us and we like to sit next to like-minded brands. Also the calibre of buyer through the doors in the first show gave us real confidence in signing up again.”

Paul Fletcher, director at consultancy Northern Arrow, brought menswear brands Hancock and Crowther Plant to Resident Showroom.

He said: “I would say it was better than Pitti [Uomo, menswear trade show in Florence]. There are better buyers here. Turnout has been predominantly from the UK, although there have also been a lot of Japanese buyers. It’s been worth our while.

“The first edition of Resident was the best trade show we’d done – this second time has been a bit more sporadic but, in general, it was on par with the last one.”

Batista, owner of agency Brand Progression, and Ford, owner of agency A Number of Names, together founded London menswear trade show Jacket Required in 2011. They joined up with Edwin Europe brand director Pierre Boiselle to create Resident Showroom, which launched in January.

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